Events - May 27
1823 - American Eclipse won two out of three heats to beat Henry at Union Course in New York. The race was called the most famous horse race of the 19th century.
1873 - Survivor won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race track in Baltimore, MD. It was the first ‘Run for the Black-Eyed Susans’. The race continues as the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown. It comes two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and prior to the Belmont Stakes in New York.
1926 - The people of Hannibal, MO erected the first statue of literary characters. The bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were hoisted above a red granite base.
1936 - The maiden voyage of the ship "RMS Queen Mary" began. The huge vessel set sail from Southampton, England headed for the New York Harbor in the U.S.
1937 - Ceremonies marking the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge were held in San Francisco, CA. The bridge has been called one of the greatest engineering marvels in the world.
1950 - Frank Sinatra made his TV debut as he appeared on NBC’s "Star-Spangled Review" with show biz legend, Bob Hope.
1957 - Senator Theodore F. Green of Rhode Island became the oldest person to serve in the U.S. Congress. At the time, Sen. Green was 89 years, 7 months and 26 days young.
1957 - "That’ll be the Day", by The Crickets and featuring Buddy Holly, was released by Brunswick Records. On September 14th, the tune became the most popular record in the U.S. It was the first hit for Holly and his group after two previous releases went nowhere on Decca Records in 1956.
1961 - Singer Johnny Cash turned TV actor. He appeared on the NBC drama, "The Deputy".
1968 - George Halas retired as head coach of the Chicago Bears. Halas spent 48 years as coach of the Bears and led them to six National Football League titles.
1985 - Spend-A-Buck won the Jersey Derby by a neck and earned a record $2.6 million. The thoroughbred won an extra $2 million dollars for sweeping the Jersey Derby, the Garden State Stakes, the Cherry Hill Mile and the Kentucky Derby. Career earnings for the horse were $3,009,509.
1985 - The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 148-114, in the first game of the NBA championship series, setting a new record for total points by a team.
1995 - Actor Christopher Reeve was thrown head first while riding his horse in Virginia. Reeve was paralyzed, unable to walk or breathe on his own. Reeve, whose chiseled good looks mirrored those of the comic book character, Superman, and who starred as the mythical character on the big screen, literally brought the role of Superman to life as he made valiant efforts to recover from his injury and fight for other victms of paralyzing injuries. (Reeve died Oct 10, 2004.)
Birthdays - May 27
1794 - Cornelius Vanderbilt (capitalist: established ferry service between Manhattan & Staten Islands; turned a NY railroad into $$$; died Jan 4, 1877)
1818 - Amelia Jenks Bloomer (women’s rights advocate; newspaper publisher: The Lily; social reformer; led cause for more sensible dress for women: bloomer panties named after her; died Dec 30, 1894)
1837 - Wild Bill (James Butler) Hickok (U.S. Marshall, frontiersman, army scout, gambler, legendary marksman; shot [from behind] and killed Aug 2, 1876 while playing poker holding a pair of aces and a pair of eights [known since as the ‘dead man’s hand’])
1867 - Arnold Bennett (novelist: The Old Wives’ Tale, How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day; died Mar 27, 1931)
1878 - Isadora Duncan (dancer: revolutionized the concept of dance: changing ballet into interpretive dance; killed in freak accident Sep 15, 1927 [strangled when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of the car she was riding in])
1894 - Dashiell Hammett (author: The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, The Glass Key, Red Harvest, The Dain Curse; died Jan 10, 1961)
1907 - Rachel Carson (author: Silent Spring, The Sea Around Us; died Apr 14, 1964)
1911 - Hubert Horatio Humphrey (38th vice president of the U.S.; died Jan 13, 1978)
1911 - Vincent (Leonard) Price (actor: Edward Scissorhands, House of Wax, The Raven, Laura, The Three Musketeers, Twice-told Tales; recording: Thriller [w/Michael Jackson]; author: cookbooks; artist; died Oct 25, 1993)
1912 - ‘Slammin’ Sammy Snead (Samuel Jackson Snead) (golf: champ: Masters [1949, 1952, 1954; British Open ; PGA [1942, 1949, 1951]; died May 23, 2002)
1915 - Herman Wouk (writer: The Winds of War, Marjorie Morningstar)
1917 - Yasuhiro Nakasone (Prime Minister of Japan [1982-1987]: “Politics can’t be changed by a dog howling in the distance. Politics means getting within a sword’s reach.”)
1922 - Christopher (Frank Carandini) Lee (actor: Dracula, The Mummy, The Far Pavilions)
1923 - Henry (Alfred) Kissinger (Nobel Peace Prize-winner ; U.S. Secretary of State: Nixon Administration; political consultant: NBC News)
1930 - John Barth (author: Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, Letters)
1935 - Ramsey Lewis (musician: piano group: Ramsey Lewis Trio: The In Crowd, Hang on Sloopy, Wade in the Water)
1935 - Lee Ann Meriwether (Miss America ; actress: Barnaby Jones, Batman)
1936 - Lou Gossett Jr. (Academy Award-winning actor: An Officer and a Gentleman ; Emmy Award winner: Roots-Part Two ; Sadat, Enemy Mine, Iron Eagle series)
1939 - Don Williams (country singer: I Believe in You; leader of Pozo- seco Singers; actor: Smokey and the Bandit II; died Sep 8, 2017)
1943 - Cilla Black (Priscilla Maria Veronica White) (singer: You’re My World; died Aug 1, 2015)
1943 - Bruce Weitz (actor: Hill Street Blues, Death of a Centerfold, The Liar’s Club, The O.J. Simpson Story, Molly and Gina)
1948 - Gary (Lynn) Nolan (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976/all-star: 1972], California Angels)
1954 - Catherine Carr (Olympic Gold-medalist: U.S. swimmer: women’s 100-meter breaststroke, women’s 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 meter medley relays w/Melissa Belote, Deena Dearduff, Sandra Neilson [1972 Munich Olympics])
1957 - Siouxsie Sioux (Janet Susan Ballion) (singer: group: Siouxsie and the Banshees: Helter Skelter, Israel, Lord’s Prayer, Christine, Happy House)
1961 - Cathy Silvers (actress: Happy Days; Phil Silvers’ daughter)
1965 - Todd Bridges (actor: Diff’rent Strokes, Fish, Home Boys, Twice Dead)
Chart Toppers - May 27
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
My Adobe Hacienda - Eddy Howard
Heartaches - The Ted Weems Orchestra (whistler: Elmo Tanner)
What is Life Without Love - Eddy Arnold
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Surfin’ USA - The Beach Boys
Foolish Little Girl - The Shirelles
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Me and You and a Dog Named Boo - Lobo
I Won’t Mention It Again - Ray Price
Reunited - Peaches & Herb
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees
If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me - Bellamy Brothers
With or Without You - U2
The Lady in Red - Chris DeBurgh
You Keep Me Hangin’ On - Kim Wilde
Can’t Stop My Heart from Loving You - The O’Kanes
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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