On February 27, 2002: Singer and New York native Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards for her debut album, Songs in A Minor. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 236,000 copies in its first week.
On February 27, 1963: Mickey Mantle signed a baseball contract with the New York Yankees worth $100,000. He was already the highest-paid baseball player in 1961, but after his salary increase, he became the highest-paid active player of his time. It was during the pinnacle of his 13th season and he never asked for another raise.
On February 27, 1860: Abraham Lincoln made a speech at Cooper Union that was largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. In the speech, he elaborated his views on slavery and it was hailed as one of the most convincing political arguments ever made.