This Day in History: Feb. 27

In 1954, Pfc. Carl Vernon Sheridan was honored at a dedication ceremony for the new Sheridan Armory at Liberty Heights Ave. and Silver Hill Road. The 19-year-old Baltimore soldier died after an individual assault on a German castle during World War II, earning a posthumous Medal of Honor. Above, Charles E. Sheridan Sr. stands in front of a ship freighter also named after his son. (Ellis Malashuk, Baltimore Sun photo, 1959)

1801: The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

1807: Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.

1922: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right of women to vote.

2003: Fred Rogers, whose public television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” taught and entertained millions of children for three decades, died in Pittsburgh; he was 74.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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