Today in History: March 27

Today in History: March 27

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1350

While besieging Gibraltar, Alfonso XI of Castile dies of the black death.

1512

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights Florida.

1802

The Treaty of Amiens is signed, ending the French Revolutionary War.

1814

U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson inflict a crushing defeat on the Creek Indians at Horshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.

1836

The Mexican army massacres Texan rebels at Goliad.

1866

President Andrew Johnson vetoes the civil rights bill, which later becomes the 14th amendment.

1884

The first long-distance telephone call is made from Boston to New York.

1899

The Italian inventor G. Marconi achieves the first international radio transmission between England and France.

1900

The London Parliament passes the War Loan Act, which gives 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause.

1912

The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, D.C.

1933

Some 55,000 people stage a protest against Hitler in New York.

1941

Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Oahu, Hawaii, to begin spying for Japan on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.

1942

The British raid the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.

1944

Thousands of Jews are murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Gestapo shoots forty Jewish policemen in the Riga, Latvia ghetto.

1944

One thousand Jews leave Drancy, France for the Auschwitz concentration camp.

1945

General Dwight Eisenhower declares that the German defenses on the Western Front have been broken.

1952

Elements of the U.S. Eighth Army reach the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.

1958

The United States announces a plan to explore space near the moon.

1976

Washington, D.C. opens its subway system.

1977

In aviation's worst disaster yet, 582 die when a KLM Pan Am 747 crashes.