Today in history – February 27, 2019

1922 – A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court in Leser v. Garnett.

1933 – Reichstag fire: Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire. Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch Communist claims responsibility. The Nazis use the fire to solidify their power and eliminate the communists as political rivals.

1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.

1973 – Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) began a 71-day occupation at Wounded Knee, S.D., to protest the federal government’s failure to live up to its agreements with Indian nations.