This day in history

Thursday, Feb. 27, is the 58th day of 2014. There are 307 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Joanne Woodward is 84. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 80. Actress Barbara Babcock is 77. Actor Howard Hesseman is 74. Rock musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 60. Basketball Hall of Famer James Worthy is 53. Actor Adam Baldwin is 52. Actor Noah Emmerich is 49. Actor Donal Logue is 48. Singer Josh Groban is 33. Actress Kate Mara is 31.

In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.


In 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire as justification for suspending civil liberties.

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In 1951, the 22d Amendment, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.

In 1982, Wayne Williams was found guilty of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period. (Williams, who was blamed for 22 other deaths, has maintained his innocence.)

In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, President George H.W. Bush declared that ‘‘Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated,’’ and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.