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1983Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1814Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama

1625Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne

1931Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor

1962Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

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

1863American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer

1941Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)

1950Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleve OH)

1945Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record "It's Only a Paper Moon"

1855Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

1952Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer

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

199567th Academy Awards - "Forest Gump", Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win

197345th Academy Awards - "Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians

1942Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

1985Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1991Scotty Bowman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a "builder" of the game

1668English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company

1984Andrew Lloyd Webber/Richard Stilgoe's "Starlight Express" premieres

1983Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

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

March 27th Historical Events
Date Event
196
Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt. 
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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. 
1513
Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida 
1599
Robert Devereux becomes lt-general of Ireland 
1613
The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy. 
1625
Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne 
1642
The sixth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Joseph takes office. 
1668
English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company 
1708
Pretender to the English throne James III flees to Dunkirk 
1709
Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded) 
1713
Spain loses Menorca and Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht 
1721
France & Spain sign Treaty of Madrid 
1782
Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 
1790
The modern shoestring (string and shoe holes) invented in England 
1794
The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 
1794
Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact. 
1802
Treaty of Amiens-French Revolutionary War ends 
1808
Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna 
1814
Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama 
1836
1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio) 
1841
1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC 
1848
John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster 
1849
Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill 
1855
Abraham Gesner patents kerosene 
1860
M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew) 
1863
American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer 
1865
Siege of Spanish Fort, AL-captured by Federals 
1866
Andrew Rankin patents the urinal 
1866
President Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment 
1868
The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York. 
1871
1st international rugby game-Scotland 1, England 0 
1879
Longest championship fight (136 rounds) 
1881
Rioting takes place in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army. 
1884
1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY 
1890
A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200. 
1900
Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers. 
1906
Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba 
1910
Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312 
1912
1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Wash DC 
1914
1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels) 
1915
Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid 
1918
Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania. 
1920
Hermann Muller becomes German chancellor (SPD) 
1924
Canada recognizes USSR 
1924
New French government of Poincaré begins 
1928
KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions 
1928
US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson 
1928
US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner 
1929
US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson 
1929
US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner 
1930
1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea 
1931
Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor 
1931
John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on 
1932
De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt 
1933
Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized 
1933
Japan leaves League of Nations 
1933
Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett 
1936
WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air 
1937
Feyenoord-stadium official opens in Rotterdam 
1938
The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place. 
1939
1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33 
1941
Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years 
1941
Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia) 
1941
Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul 
1942
-28] Allies raid German submarine base in St Nazaire 
1942
Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward 
1942
Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC) 
1943
Assassination attempt on Van de Peat at Amsterdams census bureau 
1943
Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio 
1943
US begins assault on Fondouk Pass, Tunisia 
1944
1,000 Jews leave Drancy, France, for Auschwitz concentration camp 
1944
2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania 
1944
40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo 
1944
Children's Aktion-Nazis collect all the Jewish children of Lovno 
1945
7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44 
1945
British premier Churchill sails to eastern banks of Rhine 
1945
DePaul beats Bowling Green for NIT title 
1945
Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record "It's Only a Paper Moon" 
1945
Gen Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken 
1945
Iwo Jima occupied, after 22,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed 
1945
US 20th Army corps captures Wiesbaden 
1945
World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins. 
1948
The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened. 
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 (Cleve OH) 
1950
Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China 
1950
WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1951
13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58 
1951
Frank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You" 
1952
Failed assassination attempt of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer 
1952
Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records 
1952
"Singin' in the Rain", a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released 
1953
21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio 
1955
9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win 
1955
Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse) 
1955
WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1956
French commandos land in Algeria 
1956
US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker" 
1957
29th Academy Awards - "Around World in 80 Days", Bergman, Brynner win 
1958
CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records 
1958
Havana Hilton opens 
1958
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party 
1960
Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open 
1961
Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars 
1961
Belgium government of Eyskens resigns 
1961
Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen 
1962
Ann Jellicoe's "Knack" premieres in London 
1962
Archbishop Rummel ends race segregation in New Orlean Catholic school 
1962
Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy 
1963
Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network. 
1964
1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England) 
1964
Earthquake strikes Alaska, 8.4 on Richter scale, 118 die 
1964
Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars 
1964
UN troops arrive in Cyprus 
1966
Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia 
1966
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational 
1968
Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF 
1968
Suharto succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia 
1969
Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston 
1969
Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars 
1970
Ringo releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey" 
1970
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1971
33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title 
1971
The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast 
1972
Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky 
1972
Venera 8 launched to Venus 
1972
Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster 
1973
Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket 
1973
Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding & LSD possession 
1973
45th Academy Awards - "Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians 
1976
Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64, for AIWA basketball title 
1976
Washington DC underground Metro opens 
1977
583 die in aviation's worst disaster KLM-Pan Am 747 crash on Tenerife 
1977
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic 
1978
40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88 
1978
Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 perfs 
1978
Rutles "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV 
1979
US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars 
1980
"Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances 
1980
"Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances 
1980
Elevator in Vaal Reef S Afr gold mine crash 1900m down (23 die) 
1980
Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years 
1980
The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212. 
1981
John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK 
1982
"Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 perfs 
1982
Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore 
1982
Randy Holt sets Wash Cap record of 34 penalty minutes 
1983
13th Easter Seal Telethon 
1983
Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title 
1983
Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC 
1984
Andrew Lloyd Webber/Richard Stilgoe's "Starlight Express" premieres 
1984
Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines 
1985
Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 
1986
Disney-MGM Studio Tour ground breaking 
1987
President Habre's troops reconquer Faya Largeau Chad 
1988
Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS) 
1988
Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS) 
1988
Ladies Fig Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR) 
1988
Men's Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA) 
1988
Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament 
1988
Wrestlemania IV at Trump Plaza, "Macho Man" Savage pins Ted Dibiase 
1989
1st half-black soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV 
1989
Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy 
1990
Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die 
1990
NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final 
1990
The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime. 
1991
NCAA bans U of Minn football team from postseason play in 1992 
1991
New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky 
1991
Scotty Bowman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a "builder" of the game 
1992
Bruce Springsteen releases "Human Touch" & "Lucky Town" 
1993
Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China. 
1994
23rd Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Andrews 
1994
Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed 
1994
Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS) 
1994
Ice Pairs Championship at Chiba won by Shishkova/Vadim Naumov (RUS) 
1994
Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Chiba won by Yuka Sato (JPN) 
1994
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Chiba won by Elvis Stojko (CAN) 
1994
The Eurofighter takes its first flight in Manching, Germany. 
1995
67th Academy Awards - "Forest Gump", Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win 
1996
"State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances 
1997
"Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances 
1997
Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray, his father's killer 
2000
Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas. 
2002
Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel. 
2004
HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe. 
2006
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting. 
2009
Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people. 
2013
12 people are killed in the Philippines after a mini-tornado causes a boat to capsize 
2014
UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea 
2016
Another First for Cuba: A Concert by the Rolling Stones 
2016
Syrian army recaptures Palmyra from Islamic State: state media 
2016
Chile reports its first sexually transmitted Zika case 
2016
Pope delivers Easter message of hope after grim week of terror 
2017
South Korean Prosecutors Are Seeking to Arrest Park Geun-hye 
2134
32nd recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
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