On This Day

Historical Events in October 1927

  • Oct 1 Pittsburgh Pirates with a team including 5 future Baseball Hall of Famers clinch NL pennant with 9-6 win v Cincinnati Reds; Pirates' last NL pennant until 1960
  • Oct 4 Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore (works on till 1941)

Jazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent Movies

Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

  • Oct 7 Yank Herb Pennock retires 1st 22 Pirates in World Series game
  • Oct 8 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3 at Yankee Stadium for a 4-0 series sweep

Film Release

Oct 8 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Sports History

Oct 11 New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig is named American League MVP; despite hitting MLB record 60 HR's Babe Ruth as a former winner is not eligible

  • Oct 12 Hermann Goerner of Germany raises 24 men weighing 4,123 lbs on a plank with soles of his feet

Sports History

Oct 17 Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President

  • Oct 23 Town of Netanya, Israel founded by Nathan Strauss

Music History

Oct 26 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Historic Event

Oct 27 Queen Wilhelmina opens Meuse-Waal Canal in Nijmegen

Historic Event

Oct 28 Josip Broz Tito begins 7 months jail sentence in Croatia

  • Oct 28 KLM-plane "Homing Pigeon" leaves Neth-Indies after 1st regular flight