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.
1904 : The New York subway opens travelling between Lower Manhattan and Harlem stopping at 28 stations in between and cost a nickel to ride.
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.
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.
From 1920s Fashions PageKhaki Riding Suit
Splendid quality two-piece riding habit, made of a very excellent grade of cotton khaki cloth. Outfit consists of attractive tailored coat in smart semi-fitted belted style, and separate breeches. Breeches fasten at both sides and hips. Legs are finished at bottom with eyelets and fasten with laces.
1940 : World's Fair in New York ended with a final day attendance record of 537,952.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Music from the 1950s, Genres including Rock 'n' Roll, Traditional Pop, Country, Rhythm & Blues, top songs and artists from each year Includes a description of each Genre and the top performers and songs for each year in the Fifties
From 1920s Fashions PageFeather Toque
The snappiest feather toque designed in many a season. In comfortable size to fit almost any head and especially becoming. Selected coque feathers pasted all over the top and into the clever flat trailing effect at side. Many bright colored ostrich flues scattered in for contrast. Narrow silk faced duvetyn brim.
October 27th, 1971 : Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 27th, 2008 : US Alaskan Senator Stevens found guilty of lying about gifts worth $250,000 he received from the oil company Veco.
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.
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.
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.
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Simon Le BonBorn: 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.
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John CleeseBorn: 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.
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Theodore (Teddy) RooseveltBorn: 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.