27 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer, 1818
  • Jay Gould, 1836
  • Wild Bill Hickok, 1837
  • Arnold Bennett, 1867
  • Isadora Duncan, 1878
  • Dashiell Hammett, 1894
  • Rachel Carson, 1907
  • Hubert Humphrey, 1911
  • Teddy Kollek, 1911
  • Vincent Price, 1911
  • John Cheever, 1912
  • Sam Snead, 1912
  • Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, 1913
  • Herman Wouk, 1915
  • Gene Fowler, Jr., 1917
  • Yashuhiro Nakasone, 1918
  • Christopher Lee, 1922
  • Inge Morath, 1923
  • Sumner Redstone, 1923
  • Henry Kissinger, 1923
  • Harlan Ellison, 1934
  • Ramsay Lewis, 1935
  • Lee Meriwether, 1935
  • Lou Gossett Jr., 1936
  • Cilla Black, 1943
  • Bruce Weitz, 1943
  • Heston Blumenthal, 1956
  • Pat Cash, 1965
  • Paul Gascoigne, 1967
  • Jamie Oliver, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • John Calvin, 1564
  • Niccolo Paganini, 1840
  • Robert Ripley, 1949
  • Jawaharlal Nehru, 1964
  • Ezzard Charles, 1975
  • Victor Kiam, 2001

Today's Events:

  • 1096 - To avoid forced conversion by the Crusaders, 1,200 Jews in Mayence, Germany committ mass suicide using ritual slaughter knives.
  • 1647 - First woman executed as a witch in America in Massachusetts. (Not Salem until 1692)
  • 1679 - Parliament passes Habeas Corpus Act-arrested person must come before judge to determine legality.
  • 1703 - Czar Peter the Great proclaims St. Petersburg the new Russian capital.
  • 1767 - Thomas Jefferson plants first broccoli seeds in America.
  • 1904 - Triumph of Japanese Navy over Russians in the Battle of Tsushima. (Russo Japanese War)
  • 1919 - First airplane crosses Atlantic; Navy seaplane NC-4 , 'Lame Duck,' flies Rockaway NY to Lisbon.
  • 1930 - Cellophane transparent tape patented by inventor Richard Gurley Drew; 3M to manufacture.
  • 1937 - Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco; 200,000 pedestrians walk across.
  • 1941 - German Battleship Bismarck sunk in France with a loss of 2300 lives.
  • 1945 - Lead ship in 76 vessel Atlantic convoy hits iceberg; 22 other ships run into each other.
  • 1958 - DeGaulle acclaimed Savior of France.
  • 1993 - Mafia or terrorists explode bomb outside Uffizi Gallery in Florence; 5 dead, priceless art destroyed.
  • 1998 - United Nations indicts Slobodan Milosevic as a war criminal. (finally jailed on 06/28/01)
  • 2011 - Solar Impulse, the first solar plane to fly around the world, lands in Brussels after a 12 hour, 59 minute flight.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Julius of Durostorum
  • Bede

Holiday:

  • Kaigun-Kinenbi (Navy Memorial Day) in Japan
  • Dragon Boat Festival - Taiwan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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