Feb. 26, 1942: The H.J. Heinz Co. runs a large ad in the Monitor telling readers: "Blame Hitler, Hirohito, and Benito! . . . Don't Blame Your Grocer." The problem? Because of the shortage of sugar and other commodities, many of Heinz's 57 varieties may be missing from the shelves.
Feb. 26, 1973: The Concord city manager proposes increasing downtown parking fines from $1 to $2.
Feb. 26, 2000: Donna Sytek, the first female speaker of the New Hampshire House, informs her colleagues by letter that she will not run for a third term. She cites her belief in voluntary term limits for legislators and her own health troubles as reasons for stepping down.
Feb. 27, 1733: The Massachusetts General Court creates a new township to be called Rumford (earlier known as Penny-Cook, later as Concord).
Feb. 27, 2000: Trucks full of steel beams arrive in Concord, the first shipment of materials for new seating to be installed at Memorial Field. The construction project comes in preparation for the Babe Ruth World Series, to be played in Concord in August.