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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Today in history--February 27

1812: George Gordon, Lord Byron, a classmate of Baron Alderson at Cambridge, gives his first speech in the House of Lords, defending Luddite violence against industrial machinery.

1844: Lawyer and financier Nicholas Biddle, who presided over the Second Bank of the United States before it was destroyed by President Jackson, dies at Philadelphia.  He was valedictorian of his class at Princeton at age 15.

1886: Hugo Lafayette Black (Alabama Law 1906) is born at Harlan, Alabama.

1891: David Sarnoff is born at  Uzliany in what is now Belarus.  He will join the Marconi Wireless Co. as a telegrapher at age 15, and at 28 will become the General Manager of the new Radio Corporation of America, leading RCA until his death in 1970.

1900: Meeting at Memorial Hall in London, Britain's Trade Union Congress creates the "Labour Representation Committee," the forerunner of the Labour Party.

1922: In Leser v. Garnett, the U.S. Supreme Court finds the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be, well, constitutional.

1936: The world's most famous dog trainer, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, dies at age 86.

1951: The 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ensures that presidents will be lame ducks during their second terms, is ratified.

1974: Time, Inc., launches People magazine.

2004: The founder of the Monthly Review, Marxist economist Paul Marlor Sweezy, dies at 93, still waiting for the Revolution.

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