October 27


1858 – Roland Macy opened Macy’s Department Store on 6th Avenue in New York, NY. It was Macy’s eighth business adventure (the other seven failed).

1904 – The New York subway system, the IRT, officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in the United States.

1925 – Fred Waller received a patent for his water skis.

1927 – The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York, NY.

1938 – DuPont announced “nylon” was the new name for its new synthetic fiber.

1947 – “You Bet Your Life,” the radio show starring Grouch Marx, premiered on ABC. It was later shown on NBC television.

1954 – The first Walt Disney television show, “Disneyland”, premiered on ABC.

1955 – The movie “Rebel Without a Cause”, starring James Dean, premiered in theaters.

1961 – NASA tested the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.

1966 – The animated Halloween classic “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” debuted on TV.

1967 – The heaviest October snowstorm on record across Michigan. On October 26, 1967, the snow began falling and by the next day, Grand Rapids had 8.4 inches, Lansing 7.5 inches and Muskegon had 4.9 inches. In the Upper Peninsula, Ironwood had a whopping 26.7 inches of new snow.

1975 – Bruce Springsteen was simultaneously on the cover of “Time” and “Newsweek.” This was the first time this happened for a rock star.

1989 – Tom Petty released “Free Fallin” from his debut solo album “Full Moon Fever”.

1994 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.

1997 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points to 7,161.15. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

2001 – In Washington, DC, the search for anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers.

2003 – Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S.

2014 – The new Grand Rapids passenger train station (named for Vernon Ehlers) opened for service.



Nanette Fabray 1920 – Actress (TV’s “One Day at a Time”)

Lara Parker 1938 – Actress (TV’s “Dark Shadows”)

John Cleese 1939 – Actor, comedian (“Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “A Fish Called Wanda”, “Die Another Day”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Clockwise”, TV’s “Fawlty Towers”)

Lee Greenwood 1942 – Singer (“God Bless the USA”)

Garry Tallent 1949 – Musician (E Street Band), born in Detroit, MI

Jayne Kennedy 1951 – Actress (“Body and Soul”)

Roberto Benigni 1952 – Actor, director (“Life is Beautiful”)

Peter Firth 1953 – Actor (“Equus”)

Robert Picardo 1953 – Actor (TV’s “China Beach”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Innerspace”, “The Wonder Years”, movies “Wagons East”, “Stargate”)

Simon Le Bon 1958 – Singer (Duran Duran)

Matt Drudge 1966 – Newshound

Sheeri Rappaport 1977 – Actress (TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “NYPD Blue”)

Patrick Fugit 1982 – Actor (“We Bought a Zoo”, “Saved!”, “Almost Famous”)

Kelly Osbourne 1984 – TV personality (TV’s “The Osbournes”)



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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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