May 27 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1679 Habeas Corpus Act passes in England, strengthening a person’s right to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment

1703 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

1873 Heinrich Schliemann discovers “Priam’s Treasure” a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia

1905 Japanese fleet destroys the Russian East Sea fleet in the Battle of Tsushima, the only decisive clash between modern steel battleships in history

1940 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII

1963 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

1999 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

2006 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people

Today’s Historical Events

927 Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia

1120 Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death

1199 John crowned King of England after the death of his brother Richard I

1281 Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge

1529 30 Jews of Posing, Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake

1644 Battle of Shanhai Pass: Li Zicheng’s army defeated by combined Ming and Manchu force

1660 Denmark & Sweden sign The Treaty Of Copenhagen, ends Second Northern War

1679 Habeas Corpus Act passes in England, strengthening a person’s right to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1933 Walt Disney’s short film “3 Little Pigs” released (Academy Award Best Animated film 1934)

1949 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane

1955 “The Red Buttons Show”, last airs on NBC-TV

1969 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

1969 Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida

1971 24th Cannes Film Festival: “The Go-Between” directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

1977 30th Cannes Film Festival: “Padre Padrone” directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d’Or

1977 The Sex Pistols release “God Save the Queen”, sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1796 James S McLean patents his piano

1906 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler’s 6th symphony, in Essen

1950 “Arms & the Girl” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances

1957 Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format

1967 “Sherry!” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances

1971 John Lennon records the song “Imagine” at his Ascot Sound home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England

1972 “Applause” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances

1972 Jimmy Castor Bunch’s “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” hits #6

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1878 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 10-20 (6-4 and 4-16) in quick-fire 9 wicket tour match win over the MCC in London

1881 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5

1882 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5

1902 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8

1903 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75

1904 NY Giants first baseman Dan McGann collects MLB record 5 stolen bases in 3-1 win over the Brooklyn Superbas at the Polo Grounds in NYC; record broken in 1991 by Otis Nixon

1905 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8