This week in history

Photo credit: IMDB

Photo credit: IMDB

By Abigail Major, Staff Writer

This Week in History:


February 26, 1919-1929: The Grand Canyon National Park was established in 1919 and the Grand Tetons was established in 1929.

February 27, 1980: Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” was given the first and last Grammy for Best Disco Recording.

February 28, 1983: Final episode of M*A*S*H airs. The show went on for 11 seasons.

March 1, 1932: The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped from the Lindbergh home near Princeton, New Jersey.

March 2, 1933: King Kong opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

March 3, 1923: The magazine TIME is published for the first time.

March 4, 1681: King Charles II grants a land charter to William Penn, who will later establish the Province of Pennsylvania.


February 26, 1802: The French novelist and poet, Victor Hugo, is born. He is best known for Les Miserables.

February 27, 1700: The Pacific Island of New Britain is discovered by William Dampier.

February 28, 1952: Vincent Massey is appointed as governor general of Canada, and becomes the first Canadian-born governor general.

March 1, 1810: The polish composer and pianist, Frederic Chopin, is born.

March 2, 1882: An attempt is made to assassinate Queen Victoria.

March 3, 1938: Oil is found in Saudi Arabia.

March 4, 1877: The Russian Imperial Ballet stages the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in Moscow.

Concerning the Civil War:

February 27, 1860: Mathew Brady photographed the Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.  This photograph showed up on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

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Author: Abigail Major

Abigail Major '19 is a History and Classics double major with minors in Public History and Environmental Studies. In addition to writing This Week in History (TWIH) for The Gettysburgian, she is also currently the secretary for Classics Club, the College House Leader for Public Policy House, a History Peer Learning Associate, a Peer Research Mentor, a student worker in Special Collections, a tour guide for Admissions, a member of the Inklings (a C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien reading group), and is heavily involved with the Eisenhower Institute. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Downton Abbey, and eating Servo chocolate chip cookies.

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