June 27 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from the Mexican port of Navidad to explore the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire

1743 War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch commanded troops in the field.

1929 1st color TV demo, performed by Bell Laboratories in NYC

1950 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

1954 1st atomic power station opens – Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia

Today’s Historical Events

678 St Agatho begins his reign as Catholic Pope

992 Battle of Conquereuil won by the Count of Anjou, Fulk the Black, defeating Conan I, Count of Brittany, in western France

1358 Republic of Dubrovnik is founded

1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from the Mexican port of Navidad to explore the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire

1552 Cathedral Church of Charcas established in Charcas, Spanish Empire (later La Plata, now Sucre, Bolivia) [1]

1580 Duke of Alva’s army occupies Portugal

1652 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America

1693 1st sea battle of Lagos: a French fleet under Anne Hilarion de Tourville defeated an Anglo-Dutch fleet under George Rooke

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1947 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington, D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting

1955 “Julius LaRosa Show” debuts on CBS-TV

1958 8th Berlin International Film Festival: “Wild Strawberries” wins Golden Bear

1959 “West Side Story” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

1966 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, premieres on ABC-TV

1973 “Live & Let Die”, 8th James Bond Film, 1st to star Roger Moore, also starring Jane Seymour, 1st released in the US

1974 “Flip Wilson Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1975 25th Berlin International Film Festival: “Adoption” wins the Golden Bear

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1950 “Liar” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances

1964 “Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)” by Die Beatles peaks at #97

1969 Denver Pop Festival opens; 50,000 attend; Frank ZappaCreedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix headline; other performers include Three Dog Night, Tim Buckley, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, and Poco

1970 Festival Express opens in Toronto, Canada – The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Flying Burrito Bros, Buddy Guy, Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends cross Canada together by train, for 5 shows in 3 cities

1971 “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” closes at the John Golden Theatre, NYC, after 31 performances

1976 “Pacific Overtures” closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances

1982 “Dancin'” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1,774 performances

1992 “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” by Bruce Springsteen peaks at #68

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1864 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia: Colonel Sherman makes unsuccessful frontal attack on Confederate defensive lin

1890 Canadian boxer George Dixon becomes first black world champion when he stops English bantamweight champion Edwin “Nunc” Wallace in 18 rounds in London, England

1891 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Mabel Cahill beats defending champion Ellen Roosevelt 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

1894 American Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] sets out from Boston to become first woman to bicycle around the world (completes journey September 1895)

1898 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats Louisa Martin 6-4, 6-4 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles championship

1898 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion R.F. Doherty beats younger brother Laurence Doherty 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1

1899 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Charlotte Cooper 6-2, 6-3

1902 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Newport, RI: Marion Jones wins her second US singles title; beats Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 1-0 when the defending champion is forced to retire