August 27


1856 – An obscure lawyer spoke at a Republican Party rally at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo, MI. That lawyer was Abraham Lincoln — his only visit Michigan.

1859 – Petroleum was discovered near Titusville, PA. That led to the world’s the first oil well.

1889 – The patent for the metal clarinet was given to Charles G. Conn.

1894 – The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by Congress. The provision within the Act for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the Supreme Court.

1921 – The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair named the team the Green Bay Packers to pay tribute to those who worked in his plant.

1946 – Isle Royale, off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was dedicated as a National Park.

1962 – The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission was launched by NASA towards Venus. It flew by Venus in December to become the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.

1981 – Work began on recovering a safe from the luxury liner Andrea Doria. The liner sank in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. Christa McAuliffe was the teacher who was chosen. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.

1984 – Diane Sawyer became the fifth reporter on CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes.”

1985 – The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed.

1989 – The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard.

1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton’s band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.

1992 – The video game “Super Mario Kart” was released in Japan.

1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.

1998 – “Gilligan’s Island” star Bob Denver was given six months of unsupervised probation after pleading no contest to charges of marijuana possession.

1998 – James Brolin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – The movie “Titanic” became the first film to earn more than $600 million in North America.

1999 – Due to financial reasons, Russia was forced to abandon the Space Station Mir. The final crew departed the station to return to Earth.

2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. Capital’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

2003 – Mars was closest to the Earth than any other time in recorded history — 34,649,589 miles away.

2006 – Comair Flight 5191 crashed on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.

2011 – Hurricane Irene hit the east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage.

2017 – Boxer Floyd Mayweather stopped Conor McGregor by a 10th round TKO to win his final fight before retiring. Mayweather’s career record was 50-0.



Daryl Dragon 1942 – Musician (The Captain and Tennille)

Tuesday Weld 1943 – Actress (“Looking for Mr. Goodbar”, “Pretty Poison”, “Thief”, “Once Upon a Time in America”, TV’s “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”)

Marianne Sagebrecht 1945 – Actress (“The War of the Roses”)

Barbara Bach 1947 – Actress (“Caveman”, “The Spy Who Loved Me”)

Jeff Cook 1949 – Musician (Alabama)

Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens 1952 – Actor, comedian (“Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”, “Big Top Pee-wee”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Blow”, TV’s “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”)

Alex Lifeson 1953 – Musician (Rush)

Diana Scarwid 1955 – Actress (“Inside Moves”, “Pretty Baby”, “Silkwood”, “Psycho III”, “What Lies Beneath”)

“Downtown” Julie Brown 1959 – TV host (TV’s “Club MTV”, “120 Minutes”)

Chandra Wilson 1969 – Actress (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”)

Tony Kanal 1970 – Musician (No Doubt)

Sarah Chalke 1976 – Actress (TV’s “Roseanne”, “Scrubs”, “How I Met Your Mother”)

Jon Siebels 1979 – Musician (Eve 6)

Alexa Vega 1988 – Actress (TV’s “Ruby and the Rockits”, “Spy Kids” movies)

Blake Jenner 1992 – Actor (TV’s “Glee”)



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