Events - July 27
1775 - Benjamin Church began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army.
1784 - "Courier De L’Amerique" became the first French newspaper to be published in the United States. The paper was printed in Philadelphia, PA for all the many Philadelphians who spoke French.
1789 - The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the U.S. Congress and President George Washington. The agency later was named the Department of State -- or the State Department.
1866 - After a dozen years, Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable.
1909 - Orville Wright (one of the famous Wright Brothers, along with Wilbur) set a record for the longest airplane flight. Orville was testing the Army's first airplane and kept it aloft for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia. He was so tired from the experience that he crash-landed the plane. He and his passenger (name unknown) were OK.
1918 - "Socony 200", the first concrete barge, was launched on this day. The vessel was used to carry oil ... not concrete.
1942 - Peggy Lee recorded her first hit record -- in New York City. With the backing of the Benny Goodman band, Miss Lee sang "Why Don’t You Do Right" for Columbia Records.
1953 - The armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed at Panmunjon, Korea. The war lasted three years and 32 days. The truce negotiations between North Korean and U.S. delegates (representing South Korea) lasted two years and seventeen days.
1959 - Brothers Santo and Johnny (Farina) of Brooklyn, NY saw their one and only hit record, the instrumental "Sleepwalk" released. "Sleepwalk" was number one for two weeks. Their next song, "Tear Drop", only made it to number 23 on the pop charts. Such is life in the pop music biz.
1972 - Pro hockey star Maurice ‘The Rocket’ Richard signed a one-year contract to coach the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association.
1973 - Secretariat broke two records while practicing at Saratoga Springs, NY. The legendary horse covered a mile in a speedy 1 minute, 34 seconds and ran a 1-1/8 mile distance in 1 minute, 47-4/5 seconds.
1974 - NBC-TV removed "Dinah’s Place" from its daytime programming roster. The move brought Dinah Shore’s 23-year association with the Peacock Network to a close.
1974 - John Denver’s biggest hit song reached the top of the "Billboard" singles chart. "Annie’s Song", written for his wife, became the most popular song in the U.S. Denver had three other #1 songs: "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Thank God I’m a Country Boy" and "I’m Sorry".
1976 - John Lennon finally had his request for permanent residency in the United States approved. Lennon’s immigration card number was A-17-597-321. The decision to allow Lennon to stay in the country ended a long struggle between the former Beatle and the U.S. Government.
1984 - Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career. Rose connected for his 3,503rd base hit. The baseball great was playing for the Montreal Expos at the time and led them to a win over one of his former teams, the Philadelphia Phillies.
1987 - Freeway shooting incidents were the talk of Los Angeles. Since June 18th there had been nine incidents involving vehicles and guns. Two motorists were actually shot to death and four others were injured. Police psychologists blamed “self-centered attitudes, violence in films and even the breakdown of family...” for the ‘road rage’. Authorities recommended that drivers avoid confrontation. In other words, don’t honk your horn, flash your headlights or wave your middle finger at that S.O.B.! It could be fatal.
1991 - Bryan Adams’ "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" hit #1 on the "Billboard Hot 100". It topped the pop chart for 7 straight weeks.
1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. opened to the public on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. U.S. President Bill Clinton and President Kim Young Sam of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) dedicated the memoirial. A plaque at the flagstaff reads, “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered a call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”
1996 - An early-morning pipe-bomb blast in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta killed Alice Hawthorne of Albany, Georgia and injured more than 100 other people as an overnight celebration erupted into chaos. Hawthorne, 44, died from bomb shrapnel that struck her in the head. Her 14-year-old daughter, Fallon Stubbs, was wounded by flying screws and nails. Eric Robert Rudolph, who eluded police until his capture May 31, 2003, pleaded guilty to the bombing on April 13, 2005.
Birthdays - July 27
1824 - Alexandre Dumas (novelist: La Dame aux Camelias; playwright; died Nov 27, 1895)
1880 - Joe Tinker (Baseball Hall of Famer: Chicago Cubs shortstop; playing manager: Cincinnati & Chicago; famous for Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double-play combination; died Jul 27, 1948)
1905 - Leo ‘Lippy’ (Ernest) Durocher (baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1928], Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1934/all-star: 1936], Brooklyn Dodgers [all-star: 1938, 1940]; coach: LA Dodgers; “Nice guys finish last.”; died Oct 07, 1991)
1916 - Keenan (Francis Xavier Aloysius) Wynn (actor: Dr. Strangelove, Nashville, Finian’s Rainbow, Kiss Me Kate, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Absent-Minded Professor; died Oct 14, 1986)
1922 - Norman Lear (Emmy Award-winning producer: All in the Family [1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1972-1973], Maude, Good Times, Sanford & Son, Powers that Be, The Nancy Walker Show, The Jeffersons, Hot L Baltimore, Fernwood 2-Night)
1927 - Bob Morse (singer: group: The Hi-Lo’s; died Apr 27, 2001)
1931 - Jerry Van Dyke (actor: Coach, My Mother the Car, The Judy Garland Show, The Headmaster, Accidental Family; brother of actor Dick Van Dyke; died Jan 5, 2018)
1933 - Nick Reynolds (folk singer: group: The Kingston Trio: Tom Dooley, M.T.A., Tijuana Jail, A Worried Man, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Greenback Dollar, Reverend Mr. Black; died Oct 1, 2008)
1937 - Don Galloway (actor: Two Moon Junction, Demon Rage, Snowblind, Tom, Dick and Mary, Ironside, Arrest and Trial; TV host: The Guinness Game; died Jan 8, 2009)
1939 - James Victor (actor: Stand and Deliver, Fuzz, Zorro, Viva Valdez, Condo; died Jun 20, 2016)
1942 - Barbara Ferris (actress: The Strauss Family, A Chorus of Disapproval, Nice Girl like Me, Children of the Damned)
1942 - John Pleshette (actor: Knots Landing, Doctors’ Hospital, Eye of the Stranger, Lies of the Twins, Burning Rage, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald)
1942 - Dennis Ralston (tennis: youngest Wimbledon champ [age 17]: men’s 1960 doubles [w/Rafael Osuna: 1960])
1944 - Bobbie Gentry (Grammy Award-winning singer : Ode to Billy Joe, All I Have to Do is Dream [w/Glen Campbell], I’ll Never Fall in Love Again)
1947 - Betty Thomas (Emmy Award-winning director: For Peter’s Sake [1992-1993], Dream On [1992-1993], actress: Hill Street Blues [1984-1985]; The Seventh Sign, When Your Lover Leaves, Troop Beverly Hills)
1948 - Peggy Fleming (Olympic Hall of Famer: gold medalist: figure skater ; Ice Follies, Holiday on Ice, ABC sports commentator; International Women’s Sports Hall of Famer)
1949 - Maury Chaykin (actor: Cold Comfort, Dances with Wolves, WarGames, Mrs. Soffel, Def-Con 4, Meatballs III, Iron Eagle II, My Cousin Vinny, Cutthroat Island, The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, A Nero Wolfe Mystery; died Jul 27, 2010)
1949 - Andre Dupont (hockey: Philadelphia Flyers)
1949 - Maureen McGovern (singer: Different Worlds, The Morning After; actress: Pirates of Penzance)
1950 - Michael Vaughn (musician: guitarist: group: Paperlace: The Night Chicago Died)
1952 - Bump (Elliott Taylor) Wills (baseball: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs)
1963 - Donnie Yen (martial artist, actor: Once Upon a Time in China II, The Iron Monkey, Iron Monkey 2, Asian Cops - High Voltage, City of Darkness, Highlander: Endgame, Fist of Fury: The Sequel)
1968 - Maria Grazia Cucinotta (actor: The World Is Not Enough, Maria Maddalena, Picking Up the Pieces, Just One Night)
1969 - Michael Paul LeVesque (pro wrestler/actor: WCW Saturday Night, WWF Warzone, Royal Rumble: No Chance in Hell, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon, Fully Loaded, Wrestlemania X-Seven)
1972 - Maya Rudolph (actress: Saturday Night Live, City of Angels, Chuck & Buck, Duets; daughter of singer Minnie Riperton)
Chart Toppers - July 27
I’ll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
Amor - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith
I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnn Cash
Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
Love is Alive - Gary Wright
Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
Teddy Bear - Red Sovine
When Doves Cry - Prince
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Just Another Woman in Love - Anne Murray
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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