On This Day

What Happened on May 27, 1931

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplane at Langley Field, Virginia
  • Swiss Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon from Augsburg, Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • Florence Sharples, director (British YWCA)
  • James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • John Chapple, British chief of General Staff
  • Kenny Price, Florence Ky, country singer (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw)
  • Veroslav Neumann, composer