Feb 26-Mar 4 2017 (week 09) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week


On this day Feb 26-Mar 4 2017 (week 09)

By Fiona Roberts

February 26, 2017 - March 4, 2017 - This week features the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, the establishment of the Grand Canyon National Park, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, and James Watson and Francis Crick's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA

February 26, 1919: The Grand Canyon National Park was established in Arizona. The horizontal strata, carved out by the Colorado River, retrace two billion years of geological history

February 27, 272: Constantine the Great, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, was born. Byzantium (now Istanbul) was renamed Constantinople in his honour

February 28, 1953: James Watson and Francis Crick discovered that the structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes, was a double helix with two intertwining strands

March 1, 1692: The Salem witch trials began in Massachusetts when three women were charged with witchcraft. Twenty people were subsequently executed as the hysteria spread

March 2, 1917: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate for himself and his son, Alexei. A provisional government was set up on the same day

March 3, 1924: Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, pursued his programme of modernisation by abolishing the 1,300-year-old Ottoman Caliphate

March 4, 1877: Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, about a princess turned into a swan by an evil magician’s curse, was first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

PUBLISHED: 14/02/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty, Associated Press
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