Events - August 27
1660 - John Milton’s books were burned in London, because of the author’s attacks on King Charles II.
1858 - The first cabled news dispatch was sent to, and published by, "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about China meeting the peace demands of England and France.
1859 - A shaft was being sunk deep in the ground at Titusville, PA. The drill had reached 69 feet, 6 inches. W.A. Smith, better known to the drillers and other folk in the small town in Western Pennsylvania, as Uncle Billy, saw a dark film floating on the water, below the derrick floor. Colonel Edwin Drake kept drilling because what Uncle Billy saw was oil. Soon, the first commercial oil well was pumping out 20 barrels of crude oil a day. This was Pennsylvania oil, folks; Titusville, PA, home of the first oil well.
1889 - Boxer Jack Dempsey was defeated for the first time in his career as George LaBlanche used the pivot punch to knock Dempsey into nighty-night land. The punch was later banned from boxing. There are still other punches hanging around that make boxers see stars and hear birdies...
1889 - Charles G. Conn of Elkhart, IN patented the metal clarinet. More than 100 years later the name, Conn, still represents one of the most popular musical instrument names -- especially for clarinets.
1912 - Tarzan was born, or rather, came to life on this day. "Tarzan of the Apes" was published by writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.
1921 - J.E. Clair, who owned the Acme Packing Company, bought a pro football franchise for Green Bay, WI. Cheeseheads could have been their name, but he decided to pay tribute to those who packed the meat at his processing plant. Hence the name: the Green Bay Packers.
1932 - John M. Miller, performing at the National Air Races in Cleveland, OH, dazzled a large crowd as he did a perfect loop-the-loop in his autogyro.
1938 - Monte Pearson led the New York Yankees to a 13-0, no-hit victory over the Cleveland Indians.
1938 - At a poetry reading by Archibald MacLeish, another poet, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers in order to disrupt the recital. That jealous poet, incidentally, was Robert Frost.
1981 - Divers probing the wreckage of the luxury cruise ship "Andrea Doria" recovered two safes from the purser’s office. The "Andrea Doria" sank in a collision with the Swedish liner "Stockholm" (July 25, 1956). What was in the safes? Oh, only about a million dollars in cash and jewelry.
1984 - The Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village opened. It was the first new off-Broadway theatre to be built in 50 years in New York City. The ribbon cutting was done by "America’s First Lady of the Stage," Helen Hayes.
1986 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros notched career win #250, by leading the Astros to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Birthdays - August 27
551 B.C. - Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu) (philosopher; died in 479 B.C.) 1809 - Hannibal Hamlin (15th U.S. Vice President [under Abraham Lincoln: 1861-1865]; died July 4, 1891)
1850 - Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (‘The Duchess’: author: Molly Bawn: “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.”; died Jan 24, 1897)
1865 - Charles Dawes (30th U.S. Vice President [under Calvin Collidge: 1925-1929]; awarded Nobel Peace Prize ; songwriter: Melody in A Major aka It’s All in the Game; died Apr 23, 1951)
1871 - Theodore Dreiser (novelist: An American Tragedy, Sister Carrie; died Dec 28, 1945)
1908 - Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th U.S. President: succeeded assassinated President John F. Kennedy Nov 22, 1963 [1963-1969]; married to Claudia ‘Lady Bird’ Alta [two daughters]; nickname: LBJ; died Jan 22, 1973)
1916 - Martha Raye (Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed) (comedienne, actress: McMillan and Wife, All Star Revue, The Martha Raye Show, The Concorde, Airport ’79, Rhythm on the Range; winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award , Presidential Medal of Freedom ; died Oct 19, 1994)
1918 - Peanuts (Harry Lee) Lowrey (baseball: Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1945/all-star: 1946], Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies; died July 2, 1986)
1927 - Jimmy ‘Cajun’ Newman (singer: Cry, Cry Darling, A Fallen Star, You’re Making a Fool Out of Me, A Lovely Work of Art, Alligator Man, Bayou Talk, DJ for a Day, Artificial Rose; died Jun 21, 2014)
1928 - Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi (Chief Minister of KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa)
1929 - Ira Levin (writer: Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying; died Nov 12, 2007)
1931 - Joe (Joseph Robert) Cunningham (baseball: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1959], Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators)
1932 - Jim (James Hubert) King (baseball: Chicago Cubs, SL Cardinals, SF Giants, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians; died Feb 23, 2015)
1935 - Ernie (Ernest Gilbert) Broglio (baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs)
1937 - Tommy (Adrian) Sands (singer: Teen-Age Crush, Goin’ Steady; actor: Sing Boy Sing, None but the Brave, Babes in Toyland, The Longest Day)
1942 - Daryl Dragon (Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter: duo: The Captain & Tennille: Love Will Keep Us Together , Muskrat Love, Shop Around, Do That To Me One More Time, The Way I Want To Touch You)
1943 - Tuesday Weld (Susan Kerr) (actress: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Author, Author, Falling Down, Rock, Rock, Rock)
1944 - Tim Bogert (musician: bass: groups: Showmen, Cactus, Vanilla Fudge: People Get Ready, Ticket to Ride, Bang, Bang, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Take Me for a Little While)
1947 - Barbara Bach (Goldbach) (actress: Caveman, Princess Daisy, Give My Regards to Broadstreet, The Spy Who Loved Me)
1949 - Jeff Cook (singer, musician: guitar: group: Alabama: Love in the First Degree, Feels So Right)
1950 - Cynthia Potter (champion diver: only woman to have won 28 championship titles)
1951 - Buddy (David Gus) Bell (baseball: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1973], Texas Rangers [all-star: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984], Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros)
1952 - Mike (Michael Lewis) Edwards (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics)
1952 - Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman (comedian, actor: Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Batman Returns, Pee Wee’s Big Top; TV host: You Don't Know Jack)
1953 - Alex Lifeson (musician: guitar: group: Rush: Rivendell, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, Necromancer, The Fountain of Lamneth, Distant Early Warning)
1955 - Pat (Dale Patrick) Kelly (baseball: catcher: Toronto Blue Jays)
1956 - Glen Matlock (musician: bass: group: The Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the UK)
1976 - Sarah Chalke (actress: Roseanne, Ernest Goes to School, Robin of Locksley, Y2K)
Chart Toppers - August 27
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Surrender - Perry Como
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
Things - Bobby Darin
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
Make It with You - Bread
Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War
War - Edwin Starr
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James
Grease - Frankie Valli
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Talking in Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle
Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Venus - Bananarama
Strong Heart - T.G. Sheppard
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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