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Today In History

Here are some interesting facts ih history happened on 27 May.

  1. S.F.B. Morse completes 1st telegraph line

  2. Marine Telegraph from Fort Point to SF completed

  3. Bay District Race Track closes

  4. Bubonic Plague breaks out in SF

  5. 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days

  6. 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes - Langley Field Va

  7. Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere - by balloon

  8. Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released

  9. Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago

  10. Trailing 11-3 - Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11

  11. Supreme Court declares FDR's Natl Recovery Act unconstitutional

  12. RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage

  13. Golden Gate Bridge dedicated

  14. German battleship Bismark sunk by British naval force

  15. Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park - SF opens

  16. Permission granted to Dogers & Giants to leave NY

  17. 6th Mayor's Trophy Game - Mets beat Yanks 4-3

  18. WDW construction begins

  19. Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

  20. Inaugural Bands Parade for President Reagan

  21. Norway Showcase groundbreaking

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These famous people were born on 27 May.

  1. 1332 - Ibn Khaldun, Arab historian, sociologist

  2. 1626 - William II, prince of Orange

  3. 1818 - Amelia Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons

  4. 1819 - Julia Ward Howe, author, lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)

  5. 1836 - Jay Gould, American railroad executive, financier

  6. 1837 - Wild Bill Hickok

  7. 1867 - Arnold Bennett, English novelist, playwright, critic

  8. 1878 - Isadora Duncan, US interpretive dancer

  9. 1894 - Dashiell Hammett, author who created the hard-boiled detective

  10. 1907 - Rachel Carson, ecologist, writer (Silent Spring)

  11. 1908 - Harold Rome, composer

  12. 1911 - Vincent Price, Actor (The Fly, Laura)

  13. 1911 - Hubert Humphrey, (D-Minn.), Sen, 38th V-P (1965-69)

  14. 1912 - John Cheever, writer (Wapshot Chronicle)

  15. 1912 - Sam Snead, pro golfer

  16. 1915 - Herman Wouk, American author (Caine Mutiny)

  17. 1918 - Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japanese PM (1982-87)

  18. 1922 - Christopher Lee, Actor

  19. 1923 - Henry Kissinger, secretary of state

  20. 1935 - Lee Merriweather, Miss America

  21. 1943 - Cilia Black, in Liverpool England

  22. 1944 - Christopher J. Dodd, (D), senator from Conn

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