March 27

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1794 – Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy and the building of six frigates.

1836 – The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.

1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in New York, NY.

1860 – M.L. Byrn patented the corkscrew.

1866 – President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment. His veto was overridden by Congress and the bill passed into law on April 9th.

1884 – The first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston, MA to New York, NY.

1886 – Geronimo, an Apache warrior, surrendered to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.

1899 – The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.

1904 – Mary Jarris “Mother” Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.

1912 – The first cherry blossom trees — a gift from Japan — were planted in Washington, DC.

1915 – Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the U.S., was put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.

1917 – The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated the Montreal Canadians and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

1946 – Four-month long strikes at both General Electric and General Motors ended with a wage increase.

1958 – The U.S. announced a plan to explore space near the Moon.

1964 – The most powerful earthquake in U.S. history, at a magnitude of 9.2, hit south central Alaska, killing 125 people and causing massage damage to the city of Anchorage.

1975 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.

1976 – The first 4.6 miles of the Washington, DC, Metro subway system opened.

1985 – Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1986 – Sammy Hagar played his first show as lead singer of the band Van Halen.

1987 – The band U2 filmed their video “Where the Streets Have No Name” on a rooftop in Los Angeles, CA.

1988 – The Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

1989 – The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.

1990 – The U.S. began broadcasting TV Marti, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba.

1998 – The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra as a treatment for male impotence. It was the first pill to be approved for this condition in the U.S.

1999 – The Melissa computer virus spread through the Internet.

2004 – NASA successfully launched an unpiloted X-43A jet that hit Mach 7 (about 5,000 mph).

2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

2009 – Marc Holder was confirmed as the first African American Attorney General.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Julian Glover – 83 years old (1935) – Actor (“The Empire Strikes Back”, “For Your Eyes Only”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “The Fourth Protocol”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, TV’s “Game of Thrones”)

Jerry Lacy – 82 years old (1936) – Actor (TV’s “Dark Shadows”, “The Secret Storm”, “As the World Turns”,”Love of Life”, “The Young and the Restless”)

Cale Yarborough – 79 years old (1939) – Race car driver

Austin Pendleton – 78 years old (1940) – Actor (“A Beautiful Mind”)

Michael York – 76 years old (1942) – Actor (“Cabaret”, “Logan’s Run”, “The Three Musketeers”, “The Omega Code”, “Austin Powers” films)

Tony Banks – 68 years old (1950) – Keyboardist (Genesis)

Andrew Farriss – 59 years old (1959) – Keyboardist (INXS)

Quentin Tarantino – 55 years old (1963) – Movie director (“Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Django Unchained”, “Jackie Brown”, “Kill Bill”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “The Hateful Eight”)

Talisa Soto – 51 years old (1967) – Actress, model (“Mortal Kombat”)

Pauley Perrette – 49 years old (1969) – Actress (TV’s “NCIS”)

Mariah Carey – 48 years old (1970) – Singer, TV judge (TV’s “American Idol” Season 12)

Brendan Hill – 48 years old (1970) – Drummer (Blues Travelers)

Elizabeth Mitchell – 48 years old (1970) – Actress (TV’s “Revolution”, “Lost”, “V”, movies “The Santa Clause” 2 & 3)

Nathan Fillion – 47 years old (1971) – Actor (TV’s “Castle”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Firefly”, “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”)

Fergie – 43 years old (1975) – Singer (Black Eyed Peas)

Emily Ann Lloyd – 34 years old (1984) – Actress (“Apollo 13”, TV’s “Knots Landing”)

Brenda Song – 30 years old (1988) – Actress (“The Social Network”, “College Road Trip”, TV’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, “The Suite Life on Deck”)

Taylor Atelian – 23 years old (1995) – Actress (TV’s “According to Jim”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Whiskey Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Spanish Paella Day

World Theater 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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