Today in History: May 27

Today in History: May 27

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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 Morrow.

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 Erwin Rommel begins a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.

1944

American General Douglas 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.