DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Feb. 27 - On this date in 280 A.D., Emperor Constantine the Great was born. Constantine took half the Roman Empire and moved it to Byzantium, a little village which he built up into such a magnificent city that it was eventually named after him: Istanbul.
On February 27, 1939, General Francisco Franco's rebellion achieved victory in the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway had been defeated. The war had been so successful that Europe decided to have the second world war, which was every bit as exciting as the Spanish Civil War but with more geography and submarines.
General Franco and Ernest Hemingway are still dead.
On February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the American Constitution was ratified by Minnesota, the 36th state out of 48 to ratify, thereby making it the law of the land. The 22nd Amendment states that no person shall be president of the United States more than twice unless they're Harry Truman.
Chelsea Clinton is 23 today. She shares her birthday with Howard Hesseman (1940), Ralph Nader (1934), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Joanne Woodward (1930), John Steinbeck (1902), and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807).
It's not a significant holiday anywhere that I'm aware of, so you've got some extra time to get ready for tomorrow's Finnish Culture Day.
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