Saturday, February 26, 2011

This Week in US History

February 27

1827   Revelers dance through the streets of New Orleans, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations.   Click here for a video clip of the first Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras(Also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday)

1991   President George H.W. Bush announces the end of the Persian Gulf War, an overwhelming U.S. and allied victory against Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

February 28

1854   Opponents of slavery met in Ripon, Wisconsin, and agree to form a new political group, which later becomes the Republican Party.

1932  The last Ford Model A (the successor to the Motel T) rolls off the factory line.

1931 Model A Deluxe Tudor Sedan

March 1

1871   The Articles of Confession go into effect.

1872   Yellowstone becomes the world's first national park.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

1961   President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.  Click here for more information on the Peace Corps.

March 2

1807   Congress outlaws the importation of slaves.

1917   Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory and its inhabitants U.S. citizens.

March 3

1820   Congress passes the Missouri Compromise, admitting Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state.

1863   In need of soldiers to fight in the Civil War, Congress passes a conscription act that results in the first wartime draft in the United States.  Click here to see the web version of the Conscription Act of 1863 from Yale University.

March 4

1829   The White House is overrun with partygoers when Andrew Jackson holds an "open house" to celebrate his inauguration.

1865   Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address.  Click here to read the entire address.

March 5

1770   British soldiers fire on colonists in wht becomes known as the Boston Massacre.  (Later in the soldiers' trial, the jury found only 2 of the 8 soldiers guilty of manslaughter.  The 2 were branded on their thumbs as punishment.)  Click here for more information on the Boston Massacre Trial.

1963   Country music star Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash near Camden, Tenneessee.

Click here to watch videos and listen to Patsy Cline!



  1. what a fun post! I love reading stuff like this, I find it very interesting :)

  2. how enjoyable!!! i am so glad ii ran into your blog, that was a truly enjoyable walt down history lane!!


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