What Happened in January 1927

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Communist uprising in West Java
  • Jan 1 Dodgers announce release of future Hall of Fame Zack Wheat
  • Jan 1 Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian).
  • Jan 1 13th Rose Bowl: Stanford ties Alabama, 7-7
  • Jan 5 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • Jan 5 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
  • Jan 6 US marines return to Nicaragua
  • Jan 7 Commercial transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between NY & London
  • Jan 7 Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley, Illinois)
  • Jan 9 Dmitri Shostakovitch' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 9 Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal, 78 children died
  • Jan 10 Fritz Lang's silent film Metropolis premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
  • Jan 13 US & Mexico battle over oil interests
  • Jan 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs NY Rangers
  • Jan 15 The Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T Scopes' guilty verdict for teaching evolution — but the law itself remains in force
  • Jan 19 British government decides to send troops to China
  • Jan 21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

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Jan 24 Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director - The Pleasure Garden, in England.

  • Jan 26 Maxwell Anderson's "Saturday's Children" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 27 20th Women's Australian Championships: Esna Boyd beats Sylvia Lance Harper (5-7, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 27 20th Men's Australian Championships: Gerald Patterson beats John Hawkes (3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3)
  • Jan 28 Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls
  • Jan 29 4th German government of Marx forms
  • Jan 30 Left wins national election in Thuringen
  • Jan 31 Internationall allied military command in Germany disbands
  • Jan 31 NL Pres John Heydler rules Rogers Hornsby can't hold stock in the Cardinals & play for the Giants

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Barbara Baxley, actress (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California
  • Jan 1 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • Jan 1 Yuri Grigorovich, Leningrad, choreographer
  • Jan 1 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998)
  • Jan 1 Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001)
  • Jan 1 Maurice Béjart, French choreographer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 1 Pat Heywood, Scottish actress

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Jan 1 Vernon L. Smith, American economist and Nobel laureate, born in Wichita, Kansas

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Economist
Vernon L. Smith
  • Jan 2 David Herbert, publisher
  • Jan 2 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • Jan 2 Richard Belmont Ray, (Rep-D-Ga) [or Feb 2]
  • Jan 4 Barbara Rush, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 4 Paul Desmarais, Canadian businessman
  • Jan 6 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Jan 8 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • Jan 10 Gisele MacKenzie, Winnipeg Manitoba, singer/actress (Your Hit Parade)
  • Jan 10 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • Jan 10 Lee Philips, American actor (Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 10 Otto Stich, Swiss politician
  • Jan 11 John Hayes, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 15 Tests 1951-58)
  • Jan 11 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Martirano, composer
  • Jan 13 Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004)
  • Jan 13 Sydney Brenner, British Nobel Laureate
  • Jan 14 Ivan Kalita, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • Jan 14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist
  • Jan 15 Francis Routh, composer
  • Jan 15 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • Jan 17 Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
  • Jan 18 Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player (d. 1990)
  • Jan 20 Geoffrey WT Atkins, British World Champion racket player (1954-72)
  • Jan 20 Olivier Strebelle, Belgian sculptor/ceramist
  • Jan 21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 22 Lou Creekmur, Baseball Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 23 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (d. 1994)
  • Jan 24 Paula Hawkins, (Sen-R-FL, 1981-86)
  • Jan 24 Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • Jan 25 Antonio Carlos Jobim, composer
  • Jan 25 Gregg Palmer, actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), born in San Francisco
  • Jan 25 Seung Sahn, zen teacher (Korean line)
  • Jan 25 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Dysart, SK, CAN, Hall of Fame NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 26 Jose Simon Azcona Hoyo, president of Honduras (1986-90)
  • Jan 26 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 26 Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Jan 27 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • Jan 27 Michael Craig, Poona India, actor (Escape 2000, Vault of Horror)
  • Jan 27 Nancy Dickerson, pioneering American radio and TV journalist (NBC, CBS), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • Jan 28 Anthony Garner, director (Conservative Central Office)
  • Jan 28 J D Hughes, Principal (Ruskin College-Oxford)
  • Jan 28 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • Jan 29 Edward Abbey, US author (Desert Solitaire)
  • Jan 30 Olof Palme, PM of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86) assassinated, born in Stockholm, Sweden

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Jan 31 Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Monroe, Connecticut

Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (b. 1856)
  • Jan 9 Houston S Chamberlain, British/German race theorist, dies at 71

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Jan 17 Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, dies of breast cancer at 66

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low
  • Jan 19 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86
  • Jan 21 Floris H Verster, Dutch painter/cartoonist/etcher, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • Jan 27 Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop
  • Jan 30 Friedrich Ernst Koch, composer, dies at 64