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1703St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

1935Supreme Court declares FDR's Natl Recovery Act unconstitutional

1938Bradman scores his 1000th cricket run of English season, earliest to do so

1941FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor

1942Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered

1948Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

1963Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

1968George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

1969Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

1975Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

1979Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Conner as a bishop

1985Inaugural bands parade for President Reagan

1986President Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled

1990Pat Bradley wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 27, 927
Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia. 
May 27, 1120
Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death. 
May 27, 1281
Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge 
May 27, 1328
French King Philip VI Valois crowned 
May 27, 1529
30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake 
May 27, 1660
Denmark & Sweden sign ceasefire 
May 27, 1679
Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England 
May 27, 1689
Anthonie Heinsius succeeds G Fagel as pension advisor of Holland 
May 27, 1692
Court of Oyer and Terminer established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft 
May 27, 1703
St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great 
May 27, 1738
Turkish troops occupy Orsova & Ochakov 
May 27, 1796
James S McLean patents his piano 
May 27, 1798
The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland. 
May 27, 1813
Americans capture Ft George, Canada 
May 27, 1849
The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened. 
May 27, 1850
Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado 
May 27, 1854
Marine Telegraph from Ft Point to SF completed 
May 27, 1856
Doctor William Palmer found guilty of poisoning 
May 27, 1862
Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station) 
May 27, 1863
CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die 
May 27, 1863
Siege of Port Hudson LA 
May 27, 1864
Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia 
May 27, 1878
6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75 
May 27, 1878
Australians Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19 
May 27, 1881
9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5 
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