• On Feb. 24, 1786, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two Brothers Grimm, is born in Germany. Grimm’s Fairy Tales were produced in several volumes between 1812 and 1822. Tales in the Grimm collection include “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”
• On Feb. 27, 1827, a group of students dance through the streets of New Orleans, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations. Inspired by their experiences studying in Paris, the students donned masks and jester costumes and staged their own Fat Tuesday festivities.
• On Feb. 25, 1870, Hiram Rhoades Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Miss., is sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African- American ever to sit in Congress. During the Civil War, Revels, a college-educated minister, helped form black army regiments for the Union cause.
• On Feb. 28, 1932, the last Ford Model A is produced. The Model A boasted a peppy 40-horsepower, four-cylinder engine with a self-starting mechanism. The Model A had a base price of $460. Five million Model A’s rolled onto American highways between 1927 and 1932.
• On Feb. 22, 1980, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.
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