This Week in History (2/27)


A popular piece of art depicting the Boston Massacre that was published in newspapers throughout Boston and other parts of colonial America.

Ryan Rose, Co-Editor

February 27th, 1951

The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The amendment limited the amount of terms a president could serve to two. The only president in American history to have served more than this was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who served 3 full terms and began a fourth before his death. 

February 28th, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy. In doing so, he became the first pope to resign since the 15th century.

March 1st, 1872

Yellowstone became a recognized national park. This was the very first national park to exist across the world and it is now estimated that it is visited by more than 3 million people each year.

March 2nd, 1956

Morocco declared its independence from France. Sidi Mohammed ben Yusef assumed the position of the sultan of Morocco.

March 3rd, 1991

As proven by recorded video, police officers in Los Angeles, after a high-speed car chase, brutally beat Rodney King, an African American motorist. Their acquittal in 1992 led to numerous protests and riots throughout the city.

March 4th, 1789

The United States Constitution, which had just previously been ratified by the Continental Congress, went into effect. Ever since, it has been the supreme law of the land within the United States.

March 5th, 1770

The Boston Massacre took place. The event saw British officers fire into a crowd of antagonizing and increasingly violent colonists. Five American colonists were killed and a revolutionary spirit was re-energized throughout Boston and eventually the nation.