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American Indian Movement Occupies Wounded Knee – Chicago Tribune


Today is Tuesday, February 27, the 58th day of 2024. There are 308 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 27, 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women, and children. (The occupation lasted until the following May.)

On this date:

In 1807, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.

In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

In 1933, the interior of Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, was destroyed by fire; Chancellor Adolf Hitler used the fire to justify the suspension of civil liberties, blaming the communists.

In 1939, the Supreme Court decided National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. case effectively banned sit-in strikes.

Battle of the Java Sea II in 1942. It started during World War II; Imperial Japanese naval forces won a decisive victory over the Allies.

In 1951, the 22nd Constitutional amendment was adopted, limiting the president’s term of office to two terms.

In 1991, Operation Desert Storm ended with President George H. W. Bush announcing, “Kuwait liberated, Iraqi army defeated,” and that the Allies would suspend combat operations at midnight Eastern time.

Divorce became legal in Ireland in 1997.

In 1998, Queen Elizabeth II. With Elizabeth’s approval, the British House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as a first-born son.

In 2006, former Newark Eagles co-owner Effa Manley became the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Chile in 2010 killed 524 people, caused $30 billion in damage and left more than 200,000 people homeless.

Van Cliburn, an internationally renowned pianist who carved out a stellar career that made him the rare classical musician with rock star status after winning a competition in Moscow in 1958, died in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2013, at the age of 78.

In 2020, President Donald Trump declared that a widespread Covid-19 outbreak in the US was not inevitable, even as top health authorities warned that more infections were to come.

In 2021, the United States got a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19 when the Food and Drug Administration approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which works with only one dose instead of two.

In 2022, President Vladimir Putin dramatically escalated East-West tensions by ordering Russian nuclear forces to be placed on high alert; Meanwhile, Ukraine’s embattled leader agreed to meet with Moscow as Putin’s troops and tanks advanced deeper into the country.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Joanne Woodward is 95. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 91. Actor Barbara Babcock is 88. Actor Debra Monk is 76. Rock singer-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 71. Rock musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 68. Actor Timothy Spall is 68 years old. Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark) is 65. Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 65. Rock musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is 64 years old. Basketball Hall of Famer James Worthy 64, Actor Adam Baldwin 63, Actor Grant Show 63, Actor Noah Emmerich 60, Actor Donal Logue 59, R&B singer Chilli (TLC) 54, Rock musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) 53 years old Country-rock musician Shonna Tucker 47. Chelsea Clinton 45. Actor Brandon Beemer 45. Rock musician Cyrus Bolooki (New Found Glory) 45. Rock musician Jake Clemons (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) 45. R&B singer Bobby V 45. Singer Josh Groban 44. Banjoist Noam Pikelny is 44. Rock musician Jared Champion (Cage the Elephant) is 51. Actor Kate Mara is 42. TV star JWoww (aka Jenni Farley) is 39. Actor Lindsey Morgan is 35.


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