27th February
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1964 Calls For Help In Leaning Tower of Pisa Slow-Mo Collapse

The Italian government puts out a call, on this day, for help in stopping the Leaning Tower of Pisa from it's slow-motion collapse.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, a medieval building, is one of Italy's top tourist attractions but was believed to be in imminent danger of complete collapse in the event of an earthquake or violent storm.

Work on the tower didn't actually start until 1999 when engineers began removing soil from the north side in an attempt to force the tower to re-balance itself, which proved successful.

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1936 Shirley Temple Receives The Unheard of Sum of $50,000 a film.

Shirley Temple signs a contract with 20th Century Fox in which the 7 year-old star will receive $50,000 a picture, a record.

Temple became the number one box office draw in 1938 and is credited with helping 20th Century Fox weather the depression.

Some of Shirley Temple's biggest films were: Poor Little Rich Girl, Wee Willie Winkie, Heidi, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

As she entered her teenage years her movie career declined. She would later take up a successful political and public service career.

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1990 The Exxon Corporation is indicted on five criminal charges relating to the 1989 Alaskan oil spill.

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