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On February the 27th
The Taliban staged a suicide attack at Bagram Air Base while the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, was visiting it. The blast killed 23 people, but the US Vice President was not injured.
Olusegun Obasanjo was elected as Nigeria's president. He was the first elected president since 1983 when a military coup had taken place.
Massive rioting took place in the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas and surrounding cities. The riots had come as a response to President Carlos Andres Perez's proposed economic reforms and resulted in the death of more than 3000 people.
People magazine was published for the first time. It is considered as one of the most glamorous celebrity magazines in the world.
Dominica became an independent nation. It is an island nation in the Caribbean sea which was previously a British colony.
In Berlin, Germany, the Reichstag (parliament) building was set on fire. It was an event that played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Nazi party as the dominant force in Germany.
British actress, Elizabeth Taylor, was born in London. She was one of the greatest film stars of the 20th century and was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
American writer, John Steinbeck, was born in California. He is considered as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His most known novel was 'Of Mice and Men' and he was the recipient of the both the Nobel prize for literature and the Pulitzer prize.
The Labour Party of Britain was founded.
The German football club, FC Bayern Munchen, was founded. It is the most recognized German football team.
The artificial sweetener saccharin was discovered by two researchers in Johns Hopkins University.
The Dominican Republic gained its independence from Haiti.
Mardi Gras was celebrated for the first time in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras is the last day of the carnival and it was first celebrated on the year 1703 in in Mobile, Alabama, USA.
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