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27 Oct, 1954 - U.S.A. Marilyn Monroe
1954 : Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio divorce after DiMaggio allegedly struck Monroe following the filming of her famous "skirt scene" in The Seven-Year Itch.

27 Oct, 1904 - New York Subway
1904 : The New York subway opens travelling between Lower Manhattan and Harlem stopping at 28 stations in between and cost a nickel to ride.

27 Oct, 1921 - U.S.A. Metric System
1921 : A senate committee is advising that the United States changes to the metric system of weights and measures as it is now used by 37 countries against the Imperial weights and measure system used in just 12 countries . Currently the only major international country to have not adopted the metric system is the United States who still use Gallons, pints, pounds, ounces, etc.

27 Oct, 1936 - England Mrs Wallis Simpson
1936 : Mrs. Wallis Simpson American born Friend of King Edward of England won a divorce in a brief hearing at Ipswich assizes. The petition for divorce was based on evidence that her ships brokers husband a subject of the king was guilty of misconduct at the Hotel De Paris at Bray near Maidenhead in Berkshire.

27 Oct, 1940 - U.S.A. World's Fair
1940 : World's Fair in New York ended with a final day attendance record of 537,952.
New York World's Fair

27 Oct, 1960 - U.S.A. Martin Luther King Jr
1960 : Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was released from the Georgia State Prison following a direct intervention from Robert F. Kennedy who had question his constitutional right to bail, while pending appeal of a traffic conviction.
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27 Oct, 1962 - Cuba U-2 Airplane Shot Down
1962 : Rudolf Anderson, Jr is shot down over Cuba while flying a U-2 reconnaissance plane by a Soviet-supplied S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile during The Cuban Missile Crisis.

27 Oct, 1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis Ends
1962 : After much posturing by both sides and the world living in fear of a Nuclear Holocaust the United States and the Soviet Union agree to a plan to end the two-week-old Cuban Missile Crisis.

27 Oct, 1964 - U.S.A. Aircrash
1964 : A twin-engine A3D bomber crashed into a group of buildings at El Centro Naval Air Facility in California, during a Navy Day air show killing nine and leaving many more injured.

27 Oct, 1964 - Great Britain Rhodesia
1964 : Britain has told Rhodesia it will be guilty of treason and banished from the Commonwealth if it declares itself independent. Prime Minister Harold Wilson has told Prime Minister Ian Smith that free elections of the entire population who are of voting age be allowed to select the Government before Great Britain would grant independence. Currently only white voters have been allowed to vote allowing white only rule in Rhodesia.

27 Oct, 1968 - Vietnam War Protesters
October 27th, 1968 : 6,000 Vietnam Anti-War protesters clash with police outside the United States Embassy at Grosvenor Square, London. These protesters were a small part of a much larger peaceful march against US involvement in Vietnam.

27 Oct, 1970 - U.S.A. Controlled Substance Act
1970 : Controlled Substance Act becomes law which class Cannabis, marijuana, heroin and LSD among many others as schedule I drugs. Schedule I drugs are (A) drug or other substance has high potential for abuse (B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

27 Oct, 1971 - Democratic Republic of the Congo
October 27th, 1971 : Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.

27 Oct, 1992 - U.S.A. Allen R. Schindler, Jr
1992 : United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is murdered by a shipmate and is a victim of a hate crime due to his being gay. He was a radioman on the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood and murdered by shipmate Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey who stomped Schindler to death in a toilet in a park in Sasebo, Nagasaki. The murder created national debate about gays in the military that resulted in the United States "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy which means that as long as gay or bisexual men and women in the military hide their sexual orientation, commanders are not allowed to investigate their sexuality.

27 Oct, 1997 - Dow Drops 323.42 Points
October 27th, 1997 : News of a 6 percent decline on the Hong Kong index had spread to Wall Street and by 2 P.M. the Dow had dropped 323.42 points. Wall Street closes after invoking the so-called "circuit-breaker rules." which had been passed following the 1987 crash, to provide a cooling off period for when the market appears to be in freefall. When the exchange re-opened the next day sentiments had changed and the market rebounded.

27 Oct, 1999 - Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan Murdered
1999 : Gunmen headed by journalist Nairi Hunanyan took over the Armenian parliament building opening fire and killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members. Armenia is a former republic of the Soviet Union.

27 Oct, 2005 - France Riots In Paris
October 27th, 2005 : Following the accidental death of two Muslim teenagers, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré who tried to hide from police who were chasing them in a power substation where they were electrocuted. Riots break out in poor areas of Paris followed by other riots and unrest in other poor housing projects in a number of cities in various parts of France. The rioting continued for the next ten days and on 10th November President Jacques Chirac declared a state of emergency effective at midnight. Riots did still continue for the next few days but by late November the rioting had ended with the arrest of more than 2,500 rioters and nearly 8,000 vehicles destroyed during the 20 days of rioting.

27 Oct, 2007 - Air France Strike
2007 : A strike by Air France cabin crews over pay and conditions halts long haul flights by Air France with tens of thousands of passengers left stranded.

27 Oct, 2008 - US Senator Stevens
October 27th, 2008 : US Alaskan Senator Stevens found guilty of lying about gifts worth $250,000 he received from the oil company Veco.

27 Oct, 2008 - United States Child Prostitute Rings
2008 : The FBI working with local law enforcement has arrested 642 in 29 cities in the United States in a crackdown on Child prostitute rings, rescuing 47 children ranging in age from 13 to 17.

27 Oct, 2012 - Germany Famous Composer Dies
October 27th, 2012 : Hans Werner Henze, a celebrated composer of the late 20th century, died at the age of eighty-six in Dresden. Henze had been known for his work on operas, ballets, and ten symphonies.

27 Oct, 2013 - Singer Lou Reed Dies
2013 : Singer and song-writer Lou Reed died at the aged of seventy-one. Reed was known for fronting the band The Velvet Underground. His death was caused by a liver-related illness. Reed had previously had a liver transplant and was known for heavy alcohol and drug use.

Born This Day In History 27th October

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Simon Le Bon
Born: 27th October 1958 Hertfordshire, England
Known For : Lead singer of the pop/rock band Duran Duran and its offshoot, Arcadia. He is a keen sailor having competed in the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Fastnet race in his maxi yacht Drum. Duran Duran had considerable success in the UK, US and around the world with a number of top ten hits including Is There Something I Should Know?, The Wild Boys, A View to a Kill, and The Wild Boys from the early 80s up to to 2003.

John Cleese
Born: 27th October 1939 Weston-Super-Mare, England
Known For : John Cleese has had a long career in Film and Television ranging from Monty Python's Flying Circus and Faulty Towers two very eccentric British TV comedy series. In movies he has starred in multiple movies including a Fish Called Wanda and the first two Harry Potter movies (Nearly Headless Nick) plus The Pink Panther 2 and appearances in 2 James Bond Movies.

Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
Born: October 27, 1858, New York, New York
Died: January 6, 1919, Oyster Bay, New York
Known For : Theodore Roosevelt was US President from 1901 to 1909, and is frequently ranked as one of the best due to his immense popularity, expansion of executive powers, conservation, trust-busting, and regulation of food and drug industries. Before he was president, he was a fixture in New York politics, the Governor of New York, and McKinley’s Vice President.