1956       

Feb 27, Female suffrage was granted in Egypt.

1979

Feb 27, Jane M. Byrne confounded Chicago’s Democratic political machine as she upset Mayor Michael A. Bilandic to win their party’s mayoral primary. Byrne went on to win the election.

1988

Feb 27, Katarina Witt of East Germany won the gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, with Elizabeth Manley of Canada placing second and Debi Thomas of the United States, third. Debi Thomas became the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

1991

Feb 27, In San Francisco Karen Wong (39) was found raped and killed in her flat in the 400 block of 47th Ave. In 2008 DNA evidence identified Otis Hughes (56), a paroled burglar, as the murderer. In 2013 Hughes faced a jury trial.

1998

Feb 27, With the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s 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 any first-born son.
year she was transferred to Sweden to serve her sentence.

2004

Feb 27, A federal judge in NY threw out 1 of 5 counts against Martha Stewart (62). She said prosecutors failed to prove that Stewart intended to commit securities fraud in her Dec 21, 2001, sale of ImClone Systems shares. 4 lesser charges remained.
2005

Feb 27, In the 77th Academy Awards “Million Dollar Baby” won 4 Oscars including best picture, best actress (Hilary Swank), best supporting actor (Morgan Freeman) and best director (Clint Eastwood); Jamie Foxx won for best actor (Ray); Cate Blanchett won best supporting actress (Aviator).

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2006

Feb 27, Effa Manley (d.1981 at age 81), co-owner of the Negro League Newark Eagles (1935-1948), became the 1st woman elected to the baseball hall of fame. She was elected along with 17 other Negro League players and officials.

2006

Feb 27, Britain’s Women and Work Commission published a report on the gender pay gap, currently measured at 17% less per hour than men.

2012

Feb 27, Australia’s PM Julia Gillard defeated Kevin Rudd, her former foreign minister, 71 votes to 31 in a ballot of Labor Party lawmakers, ending Rudd’s attempt to recapture the job Gillard took from him in an internal party coup in 2010.

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