On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1927

Day of the Week: Saturday

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

  • Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001)
  • Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher who became the youngest player in league history at 16 (Philadelphia A’s), born in Gratz, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Doak Walker, American football star (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
Vernon L. Smith
  • Yuri Grigorovich, Leningrad, choreographer