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This Day in History for August 27

1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake.

1881 – Hurricane hits Florida and Carolinas; about 700 die.

1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court.

1913 – Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken applies to patent all-purpose zipper.

1927 – Parks College, America’s oldest aviation school, opens.

1928 – 16 die in a NYC subway’s 2nd worse accident.

1938 – Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 and injuring 51.

1945 – US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender.

1955 – “Guinness Book of World Records” 1st published.

1958 – Clark Griffith says Washington Senators baseball team will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota.

1961 – Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on “What’s My Line”

1962 – Mariner 2 launched; first probe to fly by Venus.

1966 – Francis Chichester begins 1st solo sail around world.

1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam.

1978 – Yankee’s Catfish Hunter’s 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 record in August 1978.

1984 – US President Ronald Reagan announces ‘Teacher in Space’ project.

1988 – Dodger Tommy Lasorda wins 1,000th game as manager, tops Philadelphia, 4-2.

1995 – Worst fire in New York in 80 years ends after 4 days.

2006 – Comar Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia killing 49 or 50 on board.

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States.

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