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This Day in History for July 27

1586 – Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia.

1789 – US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department.

1844 – Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, N.C.

1909 – Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1 hour, 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

1918- Socony 200, 1st concrete barge in US, launched to carry oil, NY.

1927 – Mel Ott, 18, hits his 1st league home run (inside the park)

1931 – Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops.

1947 – Yogi Berra starts record 148 game errorless streak.

1953 – North Korea and the United Nations sign armistice to stop fighting and divide Korea a the 38th parallel.

1960 – US Vice-President Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago.

1963 – Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha to become National Wrestling Association (NWA) champ.

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking.

1974 – House Judiciary Committee votes 20-11 recommends Nixon impeachment.

1987 – First expedited salvaging of Titanic wreck begins by RMS Titanic, Inc.

1988 – Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer.

1990 – Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills.

2005 – STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank’s continued foam-shedding problem.

2014 – President Obama reaffirms Israel’s “right to defend itself”, but condemns civilian casualties in Gaza.

2015 – Fiat Chrysler fined record $105 million by US regulators over their number of car recalls.

2017 – Boy Scouts of American Chief Michael Surbaugh apologies for politically motivated remarks made by President Donald Trump at rally attended by 30,000 troops.

2017 – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly becomes world’s richest man at $91.4 billion overtaking Bill Gates for half a day.

2017 – Reince Prebus resigns as Chief of Staff to US President Donald Trump, shortest non-interim tenure ever.

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