Saturday, February 27, 2010


1903 - Philippine revolutionary Gen. Artemio Ricarte returns from exile in Guam but still refuses to take the oath of fealty to the United States; Ricarte, who was aboard USS Thomas with the ailing Apolinario Mabini, will be banned by the colonial American government and made to sail to Hong Kong where he will remain for ten months.

202 - Liu Bang is crowned Emperor Gaozu of China, initiating some 400 years of the reign of the Han Dynasty; one of the few Chinese rulers who rose from the peasant class, Gaozu's reign saw the reduction of taxes and emphasis on Confucianism.

1953 - The chemical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is discovered by James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick, scientists from the Cambridge University; discovered back in 1869, the DNA's crucial role in determining genetic inheritance wasn't demonstrated until 1943.

1986 - Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme is assassinated during a street ambush in central Stockholm; Palme, who's on his second term as PM, is a pro-Soviet Social Democrat who has championed non-violence, peace, and open government and  has refused tight security.

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