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This Day in History for February 27 – First Mardi Gras and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1827 – A group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations (More info)

1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified (More info)

1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over (More info)

1980 – Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ wins the first — and last — Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording (More info)

2004 – The initial version of the John Jay Report, with details about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States, is released (More info)

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