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Today in History

1648: 1st US labor organization forms (Boston Shoemakers)

1469: Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille marry, uniting Spain and bringing it to a world power

1748: Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession

1767: Boundary between MD & PA, Mason Dixon line, agreed upon

1776: In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail"

1860: Peking's Summer Palace destroyed by British soldiers and looters

1862: Morgan's raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, KY

1873: 1st football game between Toronto Argonauts & Hamilton Tigers

1878: Edison makes electricity available for household usage

1892: 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)

1898: U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico

1909: Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m

1910: Edward Forster publishes "Howards End"

1918: Czechoslovakia declares Independence from Austro-Hungarian Empire

1922: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) forms

1944: Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II

1945: Paul Robeson wins Spingarn Medal for singing & acting achievements

1950: Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years

1953: Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times

1955: Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete

1955: University of California discovers anti-proton

1960: Casey Stengel retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)

1962: Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

1967: Nobel prize for physics awarded to Hans A Bethe

1967: Soviet Venera 4 becomes 1st probe to send data back from Venus

1967: Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released

1973: Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin

1976: Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to William N Lipscomb Jr

1977: Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record

1992: 1st non-US team to win a World Series Game; Toronto 5, Atlanta 4

1992: Phila Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL QB scramble record of 3,683

Notable Births

1239: Stefanus V, prince of Transylvania/king of Hungary (1270-72)

1405: Pius II, [Aenea S Piccolomini], Italian pope (1458-64) (Cynthia)

1854: Salomon Andree (explorer: ill-fated North Pole expedition [1897])

1859: Henri Bergson (Nobel prize-winning [1927] philosopher, author: Creative Evolution)

1889: Fannie Hurst, novelist (Anatomy of Me)

1892: Leo G Carroll, Weedon England, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle)

1898: Raymond Glenn, Frankfort KY, actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones)

1898: Lotte Lenya (Karoline Blamauer) (Tony Award-winning singer, actress: Threepenny Opera [1956]; From Russia with Love, Semi-Tough, Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone)

1902: Miriam Hopkins (actress: The Children's Hour, The Chase, Carrie, Barbary Coast)

1903: Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist

1906: James Brooks (artist: Flight: 235 ft. mural at La Guardia National Airport, NY; abstract expressionist exhibit: Ninth Street Exhibition)

1910: Albertus "Bert" Botterman, actor (Bridge Too Far)

1915: Victor Sen Yung, SF Calif, actor (Hop Sing-Bonanza, Bachelor Family)

1918: Konstantinos Mitsottakis, premier of Greece (1990- )

1918: Bobby Troup (actor: Emergency; singer, musician, TV host: Stars of Jazz; married to singer, Julie London)

1919: Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada {1968-1979])

1920: Anita O'Day, vocalist/actress (Outfit, Zigzag, Jazz on a Summer Day)

1921: Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )

1922 or 1925: Melina Mercouri (actress: Never on Sunday, Once is Not Enough, Topkapi; Greece's Minister of Culture [1981])

1926: Chuck (Charles Edward Anderson) Berry (singer: Lifetime Achievement Grammy [1985]; Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, School Day, Rock & Roll Music, Sweet Little Sixteen, Johnny B. Goode, My Ding-A-Ling; in film: Rock, Rock, Rock)

1927: George C. Scott (Academy Award-winning actor: Patton [1970]; Anatomy of a Murder, The Day of the Dolphin, The Hanging Tree, Taps, Oklahoma Crude, The Prince and the Pauper, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Malice)

1928: Keith Jackson (sportscaster: ABC Sports, Wide World of Sports)

1933: Peter Boyle (Emmy Award-winning actor: The X-Files [1995-96]; Taxi Driver, While You were Sleeping, Young Frankenstein, Midnight Caller, From Here to Eternity [TV])

1933: Forrest Gregg (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Green Bay Packers offensive tackle: Super Bowl I, II; Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl VI; head coach: Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals: AFC Coach of the Year [1981]: Super Bowl XVI; Green Bay Packers; Southern Methodist University Athletic Director)

1934: Inger Stevens (Stensland) (actress: The Farmer's Daughter, Madigan, A Guide for the Married Man, Hang 'Em High)

1939: Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin (JFK)

1939: Mike Ditka (Pro & College Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears Rookie of the Year [1961]; Philadelphia Eagles; Dallas Cowboys tight end: Super Bowl V, VI; Chicago Bears head coach: Super Bowl XX; TV sports analyst: NBC Sports)

1943: Willie Horton (baseball: Detroit Tigers outfielder)

1947: Laura Nyro (singer: Up on the Roof; songwriter: Wedding Bell Blues, Blowin' Away, And When I Die, Stoney End, Stoned Soul Picnic, Sweet Blindness, Eli's Coming, Time and Love, Save the Country)

1950: Wendy Wasserstein (writer: The Heidi Chronicles, Bachelor Girls)

1951: Pam Dawber (actress: Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam)

1952: Jerry Royster (baseball: LA Dodgers pitcher)

1956: Martina Navratilova, Revnice Czech, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87)

1960: Jean Claude Van Damme (actor: Kickboxer, Universal Soldier, Double Impact, Hard Target, Nowhere to Run, Predator II)

1961: Erin Moran (actress: Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, The Don Rickles Show, Daktari, Galaxy of Terror, Twirl, Watermelon Man, How Sweet It Is!)

1961: Wynton Marsalis (Grammy Award-winning musician: jazz/classical trumpet [1984, 1985]: Think of One [1983]; played on: Father & Sons; in orchestra: Sweeney Todd; composer: TV theme song for Shannon's Deal)

Notable Deaths

1216: John, king of England (1199-1216, Magna Charta), dies

1417: Gregorius XII, [Angelo Correr], Pope (1406-15)

1503: Pius III, [Francesco Todeschini], Pope (9/22-10/18/1503), dies

1876: Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85

1893: Lucy [Blackwell-]Stone, US abolitionist/feminist, dies

1931: Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, dies in West Orange, NJ, at 84

1965: Henry Travers, actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91

1970: The FLQ murder Pierre Laporte.

1973: Walt Kelly, US comic strip artist (Pogo), dies at 60

1982: Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

1984: Jon-Erik Hexum, actor (Bear), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26

1996: Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71

1997: Nancy Dickerson, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70

2002: Kam Fong, actor (played Chin Ho on Hawaii Five-O) Born May 27, 1918



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