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Historical Events in January 1927

  • Jan 1 Communist uprising in West Java
  • Jan 1 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

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Jan 1 Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian).

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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
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  • 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 New York & London
  • Jan 7 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois

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Jan 9 Dmitri Shostakovich' 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 11 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Jan 13 US & Mexico battle over oil interests
  • Jan 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs NY Rangers

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Jan 15 Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T. Scopes' guilty verdict for teaching evolution, but the law itself remains in force

Teacher Convicted for Teaching Evolution John T. Scopes
Teacher Convicted for Teaching Evolution
John T. Scopes
  • 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

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Jan 26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Melbourne: Esna Boyd wins title after 5 consecutive runner-up finishes; beats Sylvia Lance Harper 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Gerald Patterson wins his only home title; beats countryman 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 rules future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby can't hold stock in the St. Louis Cardinals and play for the NY Giants; earns $2,916 dividend on same day