On This Day In History, 27 February

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World Events Today

  • The British government, officially recognized Francisco Franco’s government in Spain today in 1939
  • A huge earthquake, magnitude 8.8, hit Chile today in 2010, an estimated 370,000 homes were damaged and over 500 people died
  • Wikileaks started the Stratfor email leak today in 2012

Entertainment Events Today

  • Chris Green won the Grand National today in 1850, riding Abd-El-Kader, the following year the horse became the first dual winner and, the first to win the race in consecutive years
  • The Rolling Stones member Keith Richards, was charged with heroin possession in Canada today in 1977, he subsequently got a suspended sentence
  • Pokémon, in the form of Pokémon Red and Blue, first appeared today in 1996

Family Events Today

  • The actress and Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, was born today in 1932 in London
  • Terence Alan Milligan, better known as the comedian Spike Milligan, died today in 2002 aged 83
  • The American actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek, died today in 2015 aged 83

Main Event Today

  • The British Labour Party was founded today in 1900, since 1922 it has either been the governing party or the official opposition

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Strawberry Day

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