What Happened on March 27


Historical Events

1625 – Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland ascends the English throne
1936 – WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air
1948 – The Second Congress of the Workers’ Party of North Korea is convened
1958 – Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro
1962 – NHL Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy
2019 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the country is now a “space power” after successfully shooting down a satellite from space in a ballistic missile test

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Famous Birthdays

1886 – Sergey Kirov, Russian bolshevik leader, born in Urzhum, Russia (d. 1934)
1912 – Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
1925 – John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
1934 – Arthur Mitchell, African-American choreographer (Dance Theater of Harlem), born in New York
1970 – Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress (Lost), born in Los Angeles, California
1981 – Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland

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Famous Deaths

1757 – Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, composer, dies at 39
1923 – James Dewar, Scottish chemist and physicist (Dewarfles/cordiet), dies at 80
1969 – B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
1988 – Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
2006 – Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
2008 – Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport’s FIA, dies at 86

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