On This Day

Historical Events in August 1927

  • Aug 1 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • Aug 5 Phillies outfielder Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats in 9-7 win v Pirates
  • Aug 7 Peace Bridge between US and Canada dedicated
  • Aug 7 US rum smuggler Horace Alderman kills 3

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 12 "Wings", one of only two silent films - the other being The Artist in 2011 - to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Aug 16 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth tees off Tommy Thomas in the 5th inning to hit first HR hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago; New York beats White Sox, 8-1

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 19 Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet state.
  • Aug 21 4th Pan-African Congress meets (NYC)
  • Aug 22 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 40th home run during his MLB record 60 HR season in New York's 9-4 loss to Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field
  • Aug 27 Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Aug 30 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats England's Betty Nuthall Shoemaker 6-1, 6-4 for her 4th of 7 US singles titles

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall