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Today in History
May 27

1564   John Calvin, one of the dominant figures of the Protestant Reformation, dies in Geneva.
1647   Achsah Young becomes the first woman known to be executed as a witch in Massachusetts.
1668   Three colonists are expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.
1813   Americans capture Fort George, Canada.
1907   The Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco.
1919   A U.S. Navy seaplane completes the first transatlantic flight.
1929   Colonel Charles Lindbergh marries Anne Spencer Murrow.
1935   The Supreme Court declares President Franklin Roosevelt's National Recovery Act unconstitutional.
1937   San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens.
1941   The German battleship Bismarck is sunk by British naval and air forces.
1942   German General Rommel begins a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
1944   American General MacArthur lands on Biak Island in New Guinea.
1960   A military coup overthrows the democratic government of Turkey.
1969   Construction begins on Walt Disney World in Florida.
1972   President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev sign an arms reduction agreement.
1999   The international war crimes tribunal indicts Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for war atrocities.

Born on May 27

1332   Dante Alighieri, Italian writer.
1794   Cornelius Vanderbilt, American industrialist and philanthropist.
1819   Julia Ward Howe, writer of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
1837   Wild Bill [James Butler] Hickok, American frontiersman and lawman.
1878   Isadora Duncan, dancer and choreographer.
1894   (Samuel) Dashiell Hammett, detective writer (The Maltese Falcon).
1907   Rachel Carson, biologist and writer (Silent Spring, The Sea Around Us).
1911   Hubert Humphrey, U.S. politician.
1911   Vincent Price, actor and horror film icon.
1912   John Cheever, writer (The Wapshot Chronicles).
1915   Herman Wouk, author (Winds of War, The Caine Mutiny).
1923   Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under President Nixon.
1925   Tony Hillerman, mystery novelist (The Blessing Way, Sacred Clowns).

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