Famous Events on this Day in History, May 27:

927 - Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.
1120 - Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death.
1281 - Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge
1328 - French king Philip VI Valois crowned
1529 - 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake
1660 - Denmark & Sweden sign ceasefire
1679 - Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in UK
1689 - Anthonie Heinsius succeeds G Fagel as pension advisor of Holland
1703 - St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Peter the Great
1738 - Turkish troops occupy Orsova & Ochakov
1796 - James S McLean patents his piano
1798 - The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.
1813 - Americans capture Ft George, Canada
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse completes 1st telegraph line
1849 - The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened.
1850 - Mormon Temple in Nauvoo Illinois destroyed by tornado
1854 - Marine Telegraph from Ft Point to SF completed
1856 - Doctor William Palmer found guilty of poisoning
1862 - Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station)
1863 - CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die
1863 - Siege of Port Hudson LA
1864 - Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia
1878 - 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75
1878 - Australians Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19
1881 - 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5
1882 - 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5
1883 - Czar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
1883 - Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.
1893 - Audath Yisroel forms at Kattowitz (Katowice) Poland
1895 - British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
1896 - Bay District Race Track closes
1896 - Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless
1898 - Arthur Pinero's "Trelawney of the 'Wells'," premieres in London
1900 - Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in S Africa
1902 - 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
1903 - 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
1903 - Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam
1904 - NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, NY Giants)
1905 - 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8
1905 - Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima
1906 - 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
1907 - Bubonic Plague breaks out in SF
1908 - Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
1916 - Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
1917 - Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
1918 - Battle of Aisne
1919 - 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days
1919 - Charles Strite patents pop-up toaster
1920 - Tatar ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
1921 - Afghanistan gains sovereignty
1921 - After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
1927 - Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war
1927 - Thomas Masaryk elected Czechoslovakia president
1929 - 2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England
1930 - Richard Drew invents masking tape
1930 - The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
1931 - 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field Va
1931 - Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon
1933 - Austrian communist party banned
1933 - Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
1933 - Federal Securities Act signed
1933 - Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11
1933 - Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released
1935 - Supreme Court declares FDR's Natl Recovery Act unconstitutional
1936 - RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage
1937 - Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
1937 - Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated
1938 - Bradman scores his 1000th cricket run of Eng season, earliest to do so
1940 - British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)
1940 - World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.
1941 - Allied troops begin evacuating Kreta
1941 - FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor
1941 - German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
1942 - Dorie Miller, awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor
1942 - Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered
1942 - Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim
1942 - Top German Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot & mortally wounded in Prague
1943 - French defiance under Jean Moulin meets secretly in Paris
1943 - US forbid racial discrimination in war industry
1944 - Allies land on Biak, Indonesia (operation Horlicks)
1944 - Japanese advance in Hangkhou China
1944 - Jean-Paul Sartres "Huis Clos," premieres in Paris
1948 - Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid
1948 - Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians
1949 - Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
1949 - Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
1949 - Russian stop train traffic West-Berlin
1950 - "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
1950 - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens
1951 - Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing
1951 - Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens
1952 - European Defense Community forms
1953 - Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
1955 - Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0
1955 - Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV
1956 - French raid in Algiers
1956 - US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1957 - Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.
1958 - Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
1958 - Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
1958 - The F-4 Phantom II first flight.
1960 - 1st use of oversized catching mitt (Balt Oriole Clint Courtney)
1960 - Balt manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt
1960 - Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
1961 - 1st black light is sold
1961 - Fiorentina wins 1st Europe Cup II in Florence
1961 - Pres Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon
1961 - Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ¬Ĺ"
1962 - Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1963 - 3 NJ businessman purchase NHL Colorado Rockies, & get approval to move them to NJ Meadowlands (Devils)
1963 - Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st prime minister of Kenya
1964 - "From Russia With Love" premieres in US
1964 - Inter Milan wins 9th Europe Cup 1 in Vienna
1965 - Inter Milan wins 10th Europe Cup 1 in Milan
1966 - 55th German F-16 Starfighter crashes
1966 - 6 French fighters crash above Spain
1967 - "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances
1967 - Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
1968 - 6th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-3
1968 - NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises
1968 - Nuclear submarine Scorpion is lost
1968 - The meeting of the Union Nationale des √Čtudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.
1969 - Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV
1969 - Walt Disney World construction begins
1970 - British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 - 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
1971 - UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship
1972 - "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
1972 - "Jimmy Castor Bunch's Troglodyte" (Cave Man) hits #6
1973 - Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
1974 - Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning
1975 - Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"
1975 - Stanley Cup: Phila Flyers beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
1975 - Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble's Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
1976 - "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances
1977 - 2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
1977 - New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed
1979 - Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1979 - Pope John Paul ordains John J O'Conner as a bishop
1980 - South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
1980 - The 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.
1981 - John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol
1981 - Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but ump says no
1981 - Liverpool wins 26th Europe Cup 1 at Paris
1981 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1982 - "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 perfs
1982 - John McMullen buys NHL Colorodo Rockies & gets approval to move to NJ
1983 - Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
1984 - Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest," premieres in NYC
1984 - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1984 - Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
1985 - Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1985 - Inaugural bands parade for Pres Reagan
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1986 - Norway Showcase groundbreaking
1986 - Prest Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled
1987 - Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
1987 - Postage wins 32nd Europe Cup 1 in Vienna
1987 - Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)
1988 - Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles
1990 - 74th Indianapolis 500 runs
1990 - Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen pres of Colombia
1990 - Jan Stephenson wins J C Penney LPGA Golf Skins Game
1990 - Pat Bradley wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1990 - Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
1991 - Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
1993 - Dale Murphy ends carreer at 398 HRs
1993 - Mafia bombs Uffizi-museum in Florence, kills 6
1994 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
1994 - Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show
1994 - Flintstones live action movie opens in theaters
1994 - Larry King ended his radio show
1994 - Radio conservative Rush Limbaugh (43) weds Marta Fitzgerald (35)
1995 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
1997 - 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
1997 - Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indianapolis 500
1997 - Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
1997 - Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
1997 - Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault
1997 - Russian Pres Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO
1998 - Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
1999 - The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
2006 - The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.
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