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This Day in History for March 27

1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent Navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.

1841 – 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC.

1890 – A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.

1912 – 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.

1931 – John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on.

1933 – Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized.

1941 – Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years.

1942 – Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

1943 – Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio.

1945 – Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the song “It’s Only a Paper Moon”

1951 – Frank Sinatra records “I’m a Fool to Want You”

1952 – Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records.

1958 – CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records.

1969 – Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190 miles above  southern Mars.

1971 – 33rd NCAA Men’s  Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova, 68-62: UCLA’s 5th consecutive title:  Villanova later disqualified.

1972 – Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky.

1976 – Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens.

1986 – Disney MGM Studio Tour groundbreaking.

1995 – 67th Academy Awards: “Forrest Gump”, Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win.

2000 – PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 1983 champion Hal Sutton leads wire to wire to win by a stroke ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods.

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