Historical Events on May 27

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  • 927 Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia
  • 1120 Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death
  • 1281 Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge
  • 1529 30 Jews of Posing, Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake
  • 1660 Denmark & Sweden sign The Treaty Of Copenhagen, ends Second Northern War
  • 1679 Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
  • 1689 Anthonie Heinsius succeeds G Fagel as Grand Pensionary of Holland
  • 1692 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft

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1703 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1738 Turkish troops occupy Orsova and Ochakov in eastern Europe
  • 1796 James S McLean patents his piano
  • 1798 The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland
  • 1813 Americans capture Fort George, Canada
  • 1850 Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado
  • 1854 Marine Telegraph from Fort Point to San Francisco completed

  • 1856 Doctor William Palmer (the Rugeley Poisoner ) found guilty of poisoning in Stafford, England
  • 1862 Battle of Hanover Court House, Virginia (Slash Church, Peake's Station)
  • 1863 CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River, Georgia, 18 die
  • 1863 Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana by Union forces. Lasts 48 days, longest American military seige
  • 1864 Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1873 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Heinrich Schliemann
  • 1878 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75
  • 1878 Australians Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19
  • 1881 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5
  • 1882 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5
  • 1883 Tsar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
  • 1893 Audath Yisroel forms at Kattowitz (Katowice) Poland
  • 1895 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
  • 1896 Bay District Race Track in San Francisco closes
  • 1896 Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255, leaving thousands homeless
  • 1898 Arthur Pinero's "Trelawney of the Wells" premieres in London
  • 1900 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1902 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
  • 1903 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
  • 1903 Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam
  • 1904 NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, NY Giants)
  • 1905 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8

Battle of InterestBattle of Tsushima

1905 Japanese fleet destroys the Russian East Sea fleet in the Battle of Tsushima, the only decisive clash between modern steel battleships in history
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  • 1906 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
  • 1907 Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco

  • 1908 Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
  • 1910 Reform of Prussian three-class voting system fails
  • 1916 Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx

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1916 President Woodrow Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1917 Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
  • 1918 Third Battle of Aisne: German offensive overcomes British forces (WWI)
  • 1919 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days
  • 1920 Tatar ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
  • 1921 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • 1927 Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1927 Tomáš Masaryk re-elected President of Czechoslovakia for a second time

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • 1930 Richard Drew invents masking tape

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1930 The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1931 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplane at Langley Field, Virginia
  • 1931 Swiss Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon from Augsburg, Germany
  • 1933 Austrian communist party banned
  • 1933 Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
  • 1933 Federal Securities Act signed
  • 1933 Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11
  • 1933 Walt Disney's short film "3 Little Pigs" released (Academy Award Best Animated film 1934)

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1935 Supreme Court declares FDR's National Recovery Act unconstitutional

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1936 RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage
  • 1937 Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
  • 1937 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to pedestrians

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1938 Bradman scores his 1000th cricket run of English season, earliest to do so

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
  • 1940 World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops
  • 1941 FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor
  • 1941 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
  • 1942 Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor

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1942 Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1942 Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim

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1942 Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich is shot and mortally wounded by Czech rebels in Prague during Operation Anthropoid

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
  • 1943 French resistance under Jean Moulin meets secretly in Paris
  • 1943 US forbids racial discrimination in war industry
  • 1944 Allies land on Biak, Indonesia (operation Horlicks)
  • 1944 Japanese advance in Hangkhou China

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1944 Jean-Paul Sartres' "Huis Clos" premieres in Paris

  • 1948 Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid

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1948 Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1949 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
  • 1949 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • 1950 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 1950 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens

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1951 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1951 Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, San Francisco opens
  • 1952 European Defense Community forms
  • 1953 Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • 1955 Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0
  • 1955 Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1956 French raid in Algiers
  • 1956 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • 1957 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format
  • 1958 Ernest Green and 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • 1958 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • 1958 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • 1960 Baltimore manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt, used by Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney
  • 1960 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
  • 1961 1st black light is sold
  • 1961 Fiorentina of Italy win 1st European Cup Winner's Cup against Glasgow Rangers 4-2 in Florence (2nd leg)
  • 1961 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½"
  • 1961 60th Men's French Championships: Manuel Santana beats Nicola Pietrangeli (4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2)
  • 1961 60th Women's French Championships: Ann Haydon beats Yola Ramirez (6-2, 6-1)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1963 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 1964 9th European Cup: Internazionale beats Real Madrid 3-1 at Vienna
  • 1965 10th European Cup: Internazionale beats Benfica 1-0 at Milan
  • 1966 55th German F-104 Starfighter crashes
  • 1966 6 French fighters crash above Spain
  • 1967 "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1967 Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and count them in the national census

  • 1968 6th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-3
  • 1968 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises
  • 1968 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.

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1968 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas

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1969 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1969 Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • 1970 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal, 10th highest mountain
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1971 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • 1971 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1971 24th Cannes Film Festival: "The Go-Between" directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1972 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • 1972 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6
  • 1972 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h)
  • 1973 Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • 1974 Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning

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1975 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1975 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • 1975 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunge into Dibble's Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
  • 1976 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1977 New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York
  • 1977 30th Cannes Film Festival: "Padre Padrone" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d'Or

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1977 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
  • 1979 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

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1979 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1979 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h)
  • 1980 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • 1980 The Gwangju Massacre: South Korean airborne and army troops retake city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 possibly many more
  • 1981 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 34th Cannes Film Festival: "Man of Iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1981 25th European Cup: Liverpool beats Real Madrid 1-0 at Paris
  • 1982 New owners purchase NHL Colorado Rockies, & get approval to move them to NJ Meadowlands (Devils)
  • 1982 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances
  • 1982 John McMullen buys NHL Colorodo Rockies & gets approval to move to NJ
  • 1983 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • 1984 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC
  • 1984 Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
  • 1984 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.638 (263.308 km/h)

  • 1985 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997

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1985 Inaugural bands parade for President Reagan

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1986 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 1986 President Reagan orders 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled
  • 1987 Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • 1987 Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)
  • 1987 31st European Cup: Porto beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Vienna
  • 1988 Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles
  • 1990 74th Indianapolis 500 runs
  • 1990 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen President of Colombia
  • 1990 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • 1991 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • 1993 Dale Murphy ends carreer at 398 HRs
  • 1993 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • 1994 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
  • 1994 Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show
  • 1994 Flintstones live action movie opens

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1994 Larry King ends his radio show

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 1994 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3

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1995 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

  • 1997 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole
  • 1997 Indianapolis 500: Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indy 500
  • 1997 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • 1997 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • 1997 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1998 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

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1999 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2000 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 2000 Crusaders claim their 3rd consecutive Super 12 Rugby title with a 20-19 win over the ACT Brumbies at Bruce Stadium, Canberra; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 5 penalties for the winners
  • 2001 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.180 (227.841 km/h)
  • 2006 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people
  • 2006 NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • 2006 "Pan's Labyrinth" fantasy film on the Spanish Civil War written and directed by Guillermo del Toro debuts at Cannes
  • 2006 Crusaders retain their Super 14 Rugby title with a 19-12 win over the Wellington Hurricanes at Jade Stadium, Christchurch; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties and a conversion for the winners
  • 2007 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h)
  • 2007 60th Cannes Film Festival: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" directed by Cristian Mungiu wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2009 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
  • 2009 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2009 17th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 2-0 at Rome
  • 2011 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 3
  • 2012 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • 2012 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532 (269.934 km/h)
  • 2012 65th Cannes Film Festival: "Amour" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2012 58th British Academy Television Awards: "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" Best Comedy, "The Fades" Best Drama
  • 2013 75 people are killed and 200 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • 2013 The largest flag ever made at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread is unveiled in Romania

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2014 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde