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March 27th Major News Events

  1. 1964 A massive earthquake 8.6 on the Richter scale struck Alaska
  2. 2001 California Electricity Price Increase 46%
  3. 1994 European Fighter Aircraft "Eurofighter"
  4. 1952 "Singin' in the Rain

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1964 U.S.A. Alaska Earthquake

1964 : A massive earthquake Named the “Good Friday Earthquake,” that measured 8.6 on the Richter scale struck Alaska , flattening buildings and triggering a massive tidal wave.

1952 U.S.A. "Singin' in the Rain"

1952 : The comedy musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds debuts at the movies.

1980 U.S.A. Mount St. Helens Erupts

1980 : After a week of small earthquakes below the area, an eruption of Mount St. Helens blasts a mushroom cloud over most of the state of Washington. Just 2 months later St. Helens catastrophically erupted on May 18, 1980 during which 57 people were killed or never found and huge tracts of forest and homes were destroyed.

1998 U.S.A. Viagra

1998 : The FDA approves the drug Viagra produced by Pfizer for use against impotence in men.

2001 California Electricity Price Increase 46%

2001 : California regulators approved electricity rate hikes of up to 46 percent following the partially deregulated California energy system.

1989 Soviet Union Parliamentary Elections

1989 : A high turnout of eighty Percent of Russian people vote in Soviet parliamentary elections with many non-communist members being elected. This is a continuing trend in the Soviet Union of openness, and transparency in the activities of all government institutions together with freedom of information "glasnost and perestroika."

An important point to note is the percentage of voters in the Soviet Union who used their right to vote compared with other countries in the same decade.

Soviet Union 80 - 85 % of those who had the right to vote did so

U.S.A. Presidential Elections 1988 Closer to 50 % of those who had the right to vote did so

United Kingdom General Elections 1987 Closer to 75% of those who had the right to vote did so

I think the important thing about the percentage of people who waste the vote they have is why. Is it because of apathy or because they feel disenfranchised by US politics

1908 Hong Kong Canada Immigrants

1908 : Hundreds of men in Hong Kong are waiting to come to Vancouver. These men were from Calcutta, India, and already had purchased transportation to Canada as a destination. However, they were held up. Canada was willing to let them in, but it was not so easy in other parts of the world, such as in Hong Kong.

1909 England First Fingerprint Evidence Used in Murder Case

1909 : For the first time fingerprint evidence is used to solve a murder case. The worlds first official Fingerprint Bureau was founded in Scotland Yard in 1901. It should also be noted that the World's first Fingerprint Bureau opened in Calcutta, India in 1897.

1920 Russia Famine

1920 : Famine was just starting in Russia due a food shortage. No wheat flour was available caused by disturbances in agriculture during the World War I and the Russian Revolution and civil war that followed.

1935 Germany Hitler Demands For Guns

1935 : Hitler demanded that Germany have equal military power with other European nations. He wanted this on a gun-for-gun basis. (However, it was also recorded that he wanted superiority over the Russian army.)

1940 Canada Liberal Party Win Elections

1940 : A summary of current Canadian election results was given. The Liberal Party of Canada won the majority of the votes, and Prime Minister MacKenzie King was put in office for another five-year term.

Born This Day In History March 27th

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Quentin Tarantino

Born: March 27th 1963, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

Known For : Best known as a Movie director and producer. His movies have developed a cult following because they are considered very different to other movies due to his different style of film which relies on an unusaul combination of violence and humour . Some of his best known and successfull movies include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Four Rooms ( 1995 ), Kill Bill (2003–2004), and Inglourious Basterds ( 2009 )

Part of 20s Cars

Studebaker 1929 President Eight Roadster Studebaker 1929 President Eight Roadster
Price From $1,589 to $1,895
Studebaker 1929 President Eight Roadster seats two in the comfortable front seats and two in the Rumble, 115 Horsepower engine, hydraulic shock absorbers, wire wheels, spare tire and bumpers are additional to the price.

Childrens Toys From The 1950's

Part of our Collection of Toys from The 1950's

Kids Toy Examples From The 1950s

1945 U.S.A. Ella Fitzgerald

1945 : Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys record the smash hit "It's Only a Paper Moon." Since then, it has become a popular standard for both jazz artists and pop music artists.

1955 U.S.A. Niagara Falls

1955 : A demolition crew using helicopters blasted ice in Niagara Falls. This was considered a fruitless attempt to break up the ice that has caused destruction along the shores of this body of the Niagara River.

1958 Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev

1958 : Nikita Khrushchev becomes the Premier of the Soviet Union today.

1962 U.S.A. Segregation

1962 : Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of Louisiana, called for all Roman Catholic schools in the city of New Orleans to end their segregation policies.

1963 England 1st Beeching Report

1963 : The chairman of the British Transport Commission, Dr Richard Beeching, says nearly 1/4 of British Rail stations and track need to be closed to make the British Rail Network Viable, this equates to over 2,000 stations and 250 train services which could be withdrawn immediately on economic grounds. The outcome of his first report and a second report in 1965 led to the loss of 2,128 stations closed and many branch lines leading to the loss of 67,700 jobs.

1966 U.S.A. Indira Gandhi

1966 : Following her election as Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi arrives in the U.S. for a meeting with President Johnson.

1967 Indonesia Communist Party

1967 : At least one print publication revealed Indonesia’s decision towards Communist rule in this country. One decision made by the Indonesian parliament on the day before was to not allow former members of the Indonesian Communist Party to run for government office.

1968 Soviet Union Yuri Gagarin

1968 : Yuri Gagarin, the famous Russian cosmonaut who flew the world's first manned space mission, died during a training flight.

1972 Northern Ireland Factory Workers Strike

1972 : Thousands of office and factory workers left their jobs. This action was done in retaliation of British government takeover.

1977 Canary Islands Jumbo Jets Collide

1977 : Two 747 jumbo jets a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members.

1980 U.K. Alexander Kielland Platform

1980 : The Alexander Kielland platform 230 miles off shore from Dundee in Scotland is hit by a giant wave which causes one of the legs supporting it to give way, the platform then capsized throwing those trying to get off into the cold North Sea. RAF and Norwegian helicopters along with any shipping close to the accident have been asked to help with the rescue. The current stormy weather conditions are making rescue difficult and the bitter cold sea combined with the stormy conditions left 123 dead.

1987 U.S.A. Radon Gas

1987 : Radon gas caused a serious health threat in Montgomery County. This case was found in several homes, and it was suspected to be the cause of up to 50 deaths every year.

1990 U.K. Robert Runchie

1990 : The Most Reverend Robert Runchie’s plans to retired were made public in a newspaper. As of the following January, he had plans to step down from his position as Archbishop of Canterbury. He had served in this position for ten years.

1994 U.K. European Fighter Aircraft "Eurofighter"

1994 : The European Fighter Aircraft "Eurofighter" has makes its inaugural test flight. The joint venture plans for the Eurofighter were first conceived in 1983 and is a joint venture between British Aerospace Defence, Dasa in Germany, Alenia in Italy. Casa in Spain. The aircraft which achieves Mach 2 with an expected speed of 1,370mph entered production in 2003 as the Eurofighter Typhoon with 137 so far sold and in use in Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, Aeronautica Militare, Italiana, Ejército del Aire. Additional orders from Austria and Saudi Arabia have followed.

From our 1960s Quiz Page

Question 19

19. What was the name of the unsuccessful Cuban invasion attempt that tried to overthrow Fidel Castro in 1961?

Question 21

21. In what year was US President John F. Kennedy assassinated?

Question 23

23. By 1966, the United States had nearly how many troops in Vietnam?

Question 24

24. When did the Voting Rights Act became law in the US?

Question 26

26. The first VCR home video recorder was introduced by what company in 1964?

From 1955 Fashions

Dyed Squirrel Clutch Cape 1955 Dyed Squirrel Clutch Cape
Price: $103.50
Brief little cape of fine imported squirrel... fur origin: Russia. Glamorous for the smaller woman over suits, dresses, coats. Graceful back, tuxedo front. Novelty acetate and rayon lining. Brown.

From Our 1960s Shoes and Hats Fashion Accessories page

  • 1960 Alligator Handbag

    Alligator Handbag

    Price: $29.97

    Genuine alligator handbag. There's no handsomer accessory than an alligator bag. Satchel-shaped, elegant in every line and detail.. from the polished gold-color metal frame to the leather lining and leather coin purse inside. Rear wall zipper pocket. Mirror included. Comes in brown or black.

  • 1960 Austrian Crystal Set

    Austrian Crystal Set

    Price: $1.97 - $11.97

    Aurora borealis crystals in an exciting gray color. Faceted to interplay their fiery brilliance. Three row necklace ($11.97), clip earrings ($3.97), bracelet ($5.97), or pendant ($1.97).

2002 U.S.A. War Vets Return

2002 : Veterans who were at war had just returned. A news publication dated this date in 2002 briefly described the details of this homecoming that took place the day before. Tears of relief and/or happiness, a marriage proposal, and shouts of joy were part of the uplifting actions that had taken place. A large number of the military crew that just returned after six-month service aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt had served the country after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack.

2006 U.S.A. Zacarias Moussaoui

2006 : Al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui a French citizen of Moroccan descent claimed in his trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House but it is unclear if he was telling the truth or seeking publicity. He was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans as part of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and is serving a life sentence at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

2008 Internet Fitna is published online

2008 : Dutch politician Geert Wilders released his anti-Islam film Fitna on LiveLeak. The film along with several articles that he wrote prompted Wilders to be charged with inciting hate.

2010 United States Credit Card Hacker Sentenced to 20 Years

2010 : A self-taught computer hacker that stole data from millions of credit-card holders and cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars was sentenced Friday to twenty years and one day in prison. This is the stiffest sentence ever handed down in a hacking case. The sentencing in Boston has wrapped up the cases against Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old college dropout and onetime Secret Service informant, in what the prosecutors called one of the largest and most costly computer crimes in U.S. history.

2012 German Airports Cancel Flights Due to Strikes

2012 : A strike among ground staff at German airports disrupted travel for many as hundreds of flights were cancelled in the country. The strike was over a dispute about pay, with workers demanding a pay rise. The strike also included public transport workers, hospitals, local government, and nursery schools.

2013 Singer Files for Bankruptcy

2013 : Singer Dionne Warwick filed for bankruptcy in the United States. The singer had build up debts of nearly ten million dollars in taxes.

2014 US Nuclear Commanders Fired

2014 : Nine mid-level nuclear commanders were fired from the US Air Force after they were implicated in a test cheating scandal. Several others who were reportedly involved in the scandal were being disciplined. A senior official, Colonel Robert Stanley was allowed to resign. The officers were involved in cheating on required monthly tests for nuclear missile officers.

From 1920s Fashions Page

Printed All Silk Crepe Dress 1925

Printed All Silk Crepe Dress

Price: $11.95

Designed in the inimitable manner of New York, featuring that latest of flare silhouettes, produced by a circular cut front skirt flounce attached to a straight line bodice. Fashioned of lovely all silk printed crepe de chine and charmingly trimmed with solid color silk crepe and metal medallions. Colors come in burnt orange or tan.

Part of 20s Cars

Studebaker 1929 President Eight Roadster Studebaker 1929 President Eight Roadster
Price From $1,589 to $1,895
Studebaker 1929 President Eight Roadster seats two in the comfortable front seats and two in the Rumble, 115 Horsepower engine, hydraulic shock absorbers, wire wheels, spare tire and bumpers are additional to the price.

Part of 1920s Home Appliances

1925 Frigidaire Electric Refrigerator

1925 Frigidaire

Price: $285.00

I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.

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