March 27th Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1513 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida

1625 Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland ascends the English throne

1914 1st successful non-direct blood transfusion is performed by Dr. Albert Hustin in Brussels

1958 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

1977 583 die in aviation’s worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain

Today’s Historical Events

196 BC Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.

1003 Peace deal signed between Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor and the pagan Wends (Slavs)

1309 Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.

1329 Pope John XXII issues his ‘In Agro Dominico’ condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.

1351 Battle of the Thirty: 30 English and 30 Breton knights and squires square off using swords, maces, lances and daggers – considered one of the most chivalrous battles in history

1513 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida

1599 English nobleman Robert Devereux becomes Lord Lieutenant of Ireland

1613 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1931 Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honor

1943 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

1950 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting

1951 Frank Sinatra records “I’m a Fool to Want You”

1952 “Singin’ in the Rain”, musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

1955 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse, episode “The Chivington Raid”)

1955 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, Rhode Island (ABC) begins broadcasting

1957 29th Academy Awards: “Around World in 80 Days”, Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1808 Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “Die Schopfung” premieres in Vienna

1910 Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312

1945 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg-Billy Rose song “It’s Only a Paper Moon”

1948 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

1950 Jazz pianist Erroll Garner‘s solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

1955 9th Tony Awards: “The Desperate Hours” (play) & “The Pajama Game” (musical) win

1971 David Heneker and John Taylor’s musical “Charlie Girl” close at the Adelphi Theatre, London, after 2,202 performances

1973 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1871 First international rugby union match – Scotland beats England, 1-0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh

1873 35th Grand National: J. M. Richardson wins aboard 20/1 shot Disturbance by 6 lengths from Rhyshworth

1885 47th Grand National: Jockey Ted Wilson wins his second consecutive GN aboard 10/3 favourite Roquefort

1896 58th Grand National: Former owner David Campbell wins aboard 40/1 outsider The Soarer

1903 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard 13/2 chance Drumcree wins by 3 lengths from Detail

1908 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe wins aboard American 66/1 outsider Rubio

1914 76th Grand National: Bill Smith aboard Sunloch wins by 8 lengths from Trianon III

1925 84th Grand National: Major John Wilson wins aboard 100/9 shot Double Chance; first year a tape, known then as a ‘gate’, used at the start line