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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Saturday - May 27th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1818Amelia Bloomer, suffragist known for her pantaloons.
      Today, this person is/would be 199 years old.
1837Wild Bill Hickock, American cowboy.
      Today, this person is/would be 180 years old.
1894Dashiell Hammett, author. Created the hard-boiled fictional detective Sam Spade.
      Today, this person is/would be 123 years old.
1907Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, early environmentalist and ecologist.
      Today, this person is/would be 110 years old.
1911Hubert Humphrey, mayor of Minneapolis and LBJ's vice-president.
      Today, this person is/would be 106 years old.
1911Vincent Price, actor, always had the evil eye.
      Today, this person is/would be 106 years old.
1912John Cheever
      Today, this person is/would be 105 years old.
1912Sam Sneede, golfer.
      Today, this person is/would be 105 years old.
1923Henry Kissinger, Tricky Dick's best back-room politician.
      Today, this person is/would be 94 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1120Richard III of Capua anointed as prince a fortnight before his untimely death
1328Philip VI is crowned King of France.
1647First recorded execution of a witch in the American colonies.
1703Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1813War of 1812: In Canada, American forces capture Fort George.
1849The Great Hall of Euston station, London opened.
1860Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian Unification.
1883Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.
1905Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima begins.
1907A Bubonic plague outbreak begins in San Francisco, California.
1930The 1,046 feet (319 meters) tall Chrysler Building in New York (tallest man-made structure at the time) opens to the public.
1932The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens.
1933New Deal: The U.S. Federal Securities Act is signed into law requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
1933The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon The Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
1933The Century of Progress World's Fair opens in Chicago.
1935New Deal: The Supreme Court of the United States declares the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in the case A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, (295 U.S. 495).
1939DC Comics publishes its second superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman, one of the most topical comic book superheroes of all time.
1940World War II: 97 out of 99 members of a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are massacred while trying to surrender at Dunkirk. The German commander, Captain Fritz Knoechlein, is eventually hanged for war crimes.
1941World War II: U.S. President Roosevelt proclaims an "unlimited national emergency".
1941World War II: The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing 2,300 men.
1960In Turkey, a military coup removes President Celal Bayar and the rest of the democratic government from office.
1961The first black light is sold in a novelty shop. Like, groovey, man.
1963Folk music singer Bob Dylan releases The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album, which features "Blowin' in the Wind" and several other of his best-known songs.
1964Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru dies in office.
1980The Gwangju Massacre: airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
1995In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve (star of the Superman movies) is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
1996First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire in the war.
1998Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
1999The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Serbian leader Slobodan Miloševic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
2000Maurice "Rocket" Richard dies. Legendary hockey star for the Montreal Canadiens.
2014Google unveils its self-driving car.

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