Find Out What happened 27th May Major News Stories include German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Navy,First Le Mans 24 hour race, Golden Gate Bridge opens, Christopher Reeve paralyzed,
1936 England RMS Queen Mary
27th May 1936 : The Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York with more than 1800 passengers
1941 World War II Bismarck
27th May 1941 : The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Naval ships Dorsetshire, King George V and Rodney after it had been damaged by torpedos dropped by British aircraft from HMS Ark Royal.
1922 U.S.A. Checks
27th May 1922 : The increasing use of checks has led to a larger number of arrests by the police for people issuing fraudulent checks and banks have decided to try and halt this problem by only issuing checks for customers who are upstanding citizens.
1923 France First Le Mans 24 hour race
27th May 1923 : The first Le Mans 24-Hour race ends with a win for Andre Lagache and Renee Leonard covering 1,372.928 miles in a Chenard-Walker car.
The latest race run in 2007 is won by Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner covering 3129.75 miles in an Audi R10
1937 U.S.A. Golden Gate Bridge
27th May 1937 : Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day. The next day the Golden Gate Bridge is opened to vehicular traffic .
1943 U.S.A. The Ballpoint Pen
27th May 1943 : The Ballpoint pen , is patented in America by Hungarian Laszlo Biro,
1950 U.S.A. Frank Sinatra
27th May 1950 : Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review." He went on to be one of the most successful and recognizable figures in music history.
1955 England Sir Anthony Eden
27th May 1955 : The British General Election is won by the Tories under Sir Anthony Eden.
1963 Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
27th May 1963 : The Kenya African Nation Union, wins the country's first general election and the leader of the party Jomo Kenyatta will become Kenya's first premier
1964 India Jawaharlal Nehru Dies
27th May 1964 : Jawaharlal Nehru the founder of modern India and prime minister, dies at the age of 74.
1971 Sicily Mount Etna
27th May 1971 : Walls of Lava are threatening two towns in Sicily as they continue towards the towns of Sciara and Giarre , This is the 54th day Mount Etna has been erupting and many experts are predicting a further major eruption due to the increased lava flow and smoke.
1989 U.S.A. S&H Green Stamps
27th May 1989 : S&H Green stamps have been part of the retail landscape for over 50 years but the loss of it's largest customer Publix Supermarkets in Florida could well be the final nail in it's coffin this week. S&H Green Stamps has been in existence for 94 years and it's heyday in the 60's when it was an important part of the retailing industry and very few people did not collect the Green Stamps to trade back for toasters and other gadgets is now passed due to many things ranging from the increase in discount coupons to the change in work patterns including more women working.
1994 Russia Solzhenitsyn Returns To Russia
27th May 1994 : After 20 years of exile in the United States the dissident Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returns to his native Russia.
1995 U.S.A. Christopher Reeve
27th May 1995 : Actor Christopher Reeve best known for his Superman Movies is paralyzed when thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va
1996 Rwanda Tutsis Revenge
27th May 1996 : 2 years after the large scale massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda the problems in Rwanda are flaring up again and this time with the Tutsis in power it is them who committing the slaughter on the Hutus. The peace in Rwanda is fragile and now with the minority Tutsis in power and exacting revenge this could again turn into a civil war where the innocents from both sides will be those losing their lives, The United Nations is hoping a larger force of peacekeepers will help but when a country is on a cycle of destruction of its own people this becomes a tall order.
1997 U.S.A. Tornado Jarrell, Texas
27th May 1997 : An F5 tornado ( Winds Greater Than 260 MPH )and almost 800 feet wide strikes Jarrell, Texas, destroying the town and killing 27 people.
1999 Netherland Slobodan Milosevic
27th May 1999 : The Hague war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity and genocide holding the Yugoslav president personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo.
2000 Scotland GM Crops
27th May 2000 : Scottish farmers who accidentally planted Advanta genetically modified Rapeseed have been advised by MAFF to dig up the crop as under EU rules, the GM crops produced from the seed cannot be marketed within Europe. They are now seeking compensation from Advanta who have apologized for providing GM contaminated seed.
Pakistan 2005 Pakistan Suicide Bomber Attacks Shrine
27th May, 2005 : A suicide bomber attacked the Bari Imam shrine created a blast that killed over eighteen people and injuring another fifty. There were hundreds of Shia Muslims at the shrine outside of Islamabad celebrating the end of a festival.
2006 Indonesia Earthquake
27th May 2006 : A 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, killed at least 5,800 people, and leaves an estimated 1.5 million homeless.
2008 China Earthquake Aftershocks
27th May 2008 : Following the 12 May Earthquake a new series of aftershocks measured as high as magnitude 5.7 have struck the area once again destroying an additional 420,000 homes. The official death toll from the original quake in Sichuan province is 67,183 with a further 20,000 still missing. Even before these new aftershocks latest estimates are that more than five million people are homeless since the earthquake.
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United States 2008 United States Director Pollack Dies
27th May, 2008 : Famous director and producer Sydney Pollack died at the age of seventy-three from cancer. The Oscar-winning director died surrounded by family only ten months after being diagnosed with cancer. He had directed such films as Out of Africa, Tootsie, and The Firm.
United States 2009 United States Mike Tyson's Daughter Dies
27th May, 2009 : Famous boxer Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter died after an accident at home. His daughter, Exodus, had been found with a treadmill cable wrapped around her throat a few days prior to her death and was in the hospital on life support. Tyson was in Las Vegas when the accident happened but came home when he heard news of it.
United States 2011 United States Actor Jeff Conway Dies
27th May, 2011 : Sixty-year old actor, Jeff Conway, died after his family made the decision to take him off of life support after being in an induced coma for many days. Conway was famous for playing Kenickie in the movie musical Grease, as well as starring in the television show Taxi. Conway had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction throughout his life which he claimed began after he incurred a back injury while filming Grease.
Morocco 2012 Morocco Anti-Government Protesters Gather in Casablanca
27th May, 2012 : Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest the government in Casablanca, Morocco. The demonstrators were angry that Prime Minister Benkirane had failed to deliver reforms after a new government was put into office in January.
: Henry Kissinger came to the United States in 1938, and became
a U.S. citizen in 1943. He served in the Army between 1943 and 1946, and
graduated from Harvard in 1950. He went on to gain a masters in 1952 and
a doctorate in 1954. He had been a member of Harvard's faculty from 1954
to 1969 when he was made Richard Nixon's Assistant to the President for
National Security Affairs. He continued in this role, and won the Nobel
Peace Prize in 1973. He was appointed the U.S. Secretary of State in 1973,
and served in that position until 1977.