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This Day in History – May 27


This Day In History1796 – James S. McLean patents his piano.

1850 – Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado.

1916 – President Woodrow Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations.

1919 – 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days.

1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape.

1930 – The 1,046-foot (310-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.

1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field, Va.

1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released.

1941 – FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany’s sinking of Robin Moor.

1942 – Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor.

1950 – “Arms & the Girl” closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 134 performances.

1955 – Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV.

1961 – Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ 1/2″.

1968 – George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles.

1977 – New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed.

1987 – Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on “Nightline” after PTL scandal.

1995 – Actor Christopher Reeves is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Va.

1998 – Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

2012 – Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.2532.

2015 – Golden State Warriors win the NBA Western Conference.

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