February 27, 1827: Celebration of the first-ever Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
February 28, 1854: The Republican Party is formally organized & established in Ripon, Wisconsin
March 1, 1933: Bank holidays are declared in six states to prevent a run on banks, days prior to the inauguration of F.D.R.
March 2, 1867: U.S. Congress creates the Department of Education by Federal act.
March 3, 1955: Rock legend Elvis Presley makes his first-ever television appearance on the show “Louisiana Hayride”
March 4, 1957: The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index is introduced to Wall Street, replacing the previous S&P 90
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 27th print edition.
Facts courtesy of onthisday.com and history.com