On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1927

Historical Events

  • 13th Rose Bowl: Stanford ties Alabama, 7-7
  • Brooklyn announces release of future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Zack Wheat after 18 consecutive seasons with Robins; Wheat hits .324 in final season with Philadelphia A's
  • Communist uprising in West Java
  • Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian).

Famous Birthdays

  • Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), born in Gratz, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • Maurice Béjart, French choreographer (d. 2007)
  • Patricia "Pat" Heywood, Scottish actress (10 Rillington Place, Lucky Feller), born in Gretna Green, Scotland

Person of interestVernon L. Smith

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

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Economist
Vernon L. Smith
  • Yuri Grigorovich, Leningrad, choreographer
1927 Highlights

About January 1, 1927

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 93 years, 9 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn