AP Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, caught fire. The ruling Nazis, blaming the Communists, used the fire as a pretext to suspend civil liberties.
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The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.
Author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, Calif.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
Members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, S.D., the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. The occupation lasted until May.
President George H.W. Bush announced the end of the Persian Gulf War, saying the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.
Divorce became legal in Ireland.
Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards for her debut album, "Songs in A Minor."
A mob of Muslims set fire to a train carrying hundreds of Hindu nationalists in Godhra, India; some 60 people died.
Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. died at age 82.
An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people in Chile caused $30 billion in damage and left over 200,000 homeless.