April 27

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1880 – Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.

1897 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated.

1937 – The first Social Security checks were issued.

1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York, NY.

1953 – The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.

1956 – Heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired with a perfect record of 49-0.

1960 – The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.

1961 – ABC’s “Wild World of Sports” premiered on TV.

1965 – “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.

1971 – Curt Flood, the baseball player whose court case resulted in free agency in all sports, quit the Washington Senators and moved to Denmark.

1973 – Opryland opened in Nashville, TN.

1978 – Former President Richard Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.

1980 – Studio 54 in New York, NY shut down due to various questionable activities three years and a day after opening its doors.

1981 – Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse.

1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington, DC. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Ronald Reagan and three others.

1983 – Nolan Ryan, of the Houston Astros, broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out his 3,509th batter of his career.

1986 – Captain Midnight (John R. MacDougall) interrupted HBO.

2005 – The A380, the world’s largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.

2005 – President George Bush signed a law that allowed for up to three years in prison for anyone that pirated music or films on the Internet.

2005 – Former American Idol hopeful Corey Clark claimed he and judge Paula Abdul had sex in the guest room of her house while he was still a contestant on the show.

2006 – In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Towner on the site of the former World Trade Center.

2014 – Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints in the first papal canonization since 1954.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Anouk Aimee – 86 years old (1932) – Actress (“La Dolce Vita”, “Dr. Bethune”)

Ann Peebles – 71 years old (1947) – Singer (“I Can’t Stand the Rain”)

Kate Pierson – 70 years old (1948) – Singer (B-52’s)

Douglas Sheehan – 69 years old (1949) – Actor (TV’s “Knots Landing”, “General Hospital”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”)

Ace Frehley – 67 years old (1951) – Guitarist (KISS)

Sheena Easton – 59 years old (1959) – Singer (“Morning Train (Nine to Five)”)

Marco Pirroni – 59 years old (1959) – Musician (Siouxsie & the Banshees, Adam & the Ants)

James Le Gros – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (“Drugstore Cowboy”, “Living in Oblivion”, TV’s “Sleeper Cell”, “Law & Order”, “Ally McBeal”)

Sally Hawkins – 42 years old (1976) – Actress (“Blue Jasmine”, “Jane Eyre”, “An Education”, “Happy-Go-Lucky”)

William Moseley – 31 years old (1987) – Actor (“The Chronicles of Narnia” movies, TV’s “The Royals”)

 

TODAY IS:

Day Of Silence

Hairball Awareness Day

Marine Mammal Rescue Day

Morse Code Day

Prime Rib Day

Tell a Story Day

World Tapir Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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