On This Day

Historical Events in 1927 (Part 2)

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 23 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor
  • Sep 24 NHL's Toronto St Patricks become Maple Leafs
  • Sep 24 Yanks set record of 106 victories
  • Sep 26 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC

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Sep 29 Babe Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 29 Telephone service begins between US & Mexico
  • Sep 29 Tornado strikes St Louis Missouri, 85 die
  • Sep 30 Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary)
  • 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)
  • 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 NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series

Film release premierFilm 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

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

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Oct 11 Lou Gehrig named AL MVP (Babe Ruth (former winner) not eligible)

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

  • Oct 17 Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President
  • Oct 23 Town of Netanya Israel founded by Nathan Strauss

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Oct 26 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Oct 27 Queen Wilhelmina opens Meuse-Waal Canal in Nijmegen

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

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Oct 28 KLM-plane "Homing Pigeon" leaves Neth-Indies after 1st regular flight
  • Nov 3 22.3 cm rainfall at Somerset, Vermont (state record)
  • Nov 3 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 3 Tropical storm flooding kills 84 in Winooski River Valley, Vermont

Sport awardPGA Championship

Nov 5 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cedar Crest CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa 1-up to win his 4th straight PGA title

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Nov 9 Pastor of Have begins blessing of motorcars and motors
  • Nov 12 Notre Dame's Fighting Irish changes blue jerseys for green

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Nov 12 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, paving the way for Joseph Stalin to consolidate complete power

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Nov 13 New York - New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens
  • Nov 14 World's largest gas tank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, explodes; 28 die
  • Nov 17 Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 22 1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner, Wisconsin)

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Nov 22 George Gershwin's "Funny Face" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Nov 22 Neil Simon Theater (Alvin) opens at 250 W 52nd St NYC
  • Nov 22 Belgian government of Henri Jaspar falls

  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Hamilton Tigers, 9-6 for their first of 2 Championships
  • Nov 28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 2 1st Model A Ford sold, for $385

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Dec 2 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black announces to the Geological Society of China that the ancient human fossils from Zhoukoudian, China are a new species which he has named 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Dec 4 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem
  • Dec 4 Pirates Paul Waner wins NL MVP
  • Dec 10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dec 14 Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • Dec 15 William Edward Hickman kidnaps 12 year-old Marion Parker in Los Angeles, whom he later kills

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Dec 16 Don Bradman makes his cricket 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 17 Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours
  • Dec 17 US submarine S-4 sinks after collision killing all 34 aboard
  • Dec 17 Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437
  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship: New York Giants (11-1-1) win first past the post title
  • Dec 24 Test Cricket debut of Walter Hammond, who scored 51 & took 5-36 v S Af
  • Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 27 Philip Barry's "Paris Bound" premieres in NYC

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Dec 28 George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Royal Family" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • Dec 30 Japan dedicates 1st subway in Orient (route under 2 miles long)
  • Dec 31 Ponsford scores 336 against SA, giving him 1146 for month