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Daily Calendar for Monday, February 27, 2023

β€œOn this day, Great Lent begins in the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church; it always falls on the 7th Monday before Orthodox Easter. Also called Clean Monday or Pure Monday, this religious observance is a day of fasting and spiritual purification and reflection, similar to Ash Wednesday of the Western Church.

The first week of Great Lent is also called Pure Week. Great Lent lasts for 40 days and ends on Lazarus Saturday, the day before Orthodox Palm Sunday. The next week is Holy Week, and ends on Easter, the day of Christ’s resurrection.”

Born

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (poet) –
  • John Steinbeck (novelist) –
  • Elizabeth Taylor (actress) –
  • Howard Hesseman (actor) –
  • Donal Logue (actor) –
  • Chelsea Clinton (daughter of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton) –
  • Josh Groban (singer) –

Died

  • Lillian Gish (actress) –
  • Spike Milligan (comedian) –
  • Fred Rogers (host of the PBS children’s show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) –
  • William F. Buckley Jr. (writer & founder of National Review) –
  • Frank W. Buckles (last surviving U.S. WW I veteran; he was 110 years old) –
  • Leonard Nimoy (actor) –

Events

  • During the American Revolutionary War, Loyalists were defeated in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, North Carolina–
  • First Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans–
  • Saccharin was discovered–
  • 22nd Constitutional Amendment, enforcing term limits, ratified. (Limits U.S. presidents to two terms.)–
  • The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, stipulating a maximum of two consecutive presidential terms–
  • Edwin Land granted patent for self-developing film–
  • Mickey Mantle signed a $100,000 contract with the NY Yankees. His new salary tied him with Joe DiMaggio as the most highly paid Yankee players of their time.–
  • Italian government asked public for ideas on how to save the leaning Tower of Pisa–
  • 16-year-old Tiger Woods, youngest PGA golfer in 35 years, teed off in L.A. Open–
  • A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck about 125 miles north of London, England–
  • An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile–
  • Nine-foot tall bronze sculpture of civil rights activist Rosa Parks unveiled in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.–

Weather

  • Amenia, North Dakota, had its first above-zero reading in 47 days.–
  • 61-mph winds, Nantucket, Mass.–
  • Nine and a half inches of snow fell at Indianapolis, Indiana–
  • 103 degrees Fahrenheit, Laredo, Texas–

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