Today's Holidays for July 27
Joachim and Ann Memorial Day Commemorating the parents of the Virgin Mary.
Feast Day of St. Pantaleon Patron saint of physicians.
Today's History Trivia for July 27
Adam Walsh Murdered
Six-year-old Adam Walsh is abducted from a Sears department store in Florida. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Florida's Turnpike in rural St. Lucie County, Florida. His story was made into the 1983 television film Adam, seen by 38 million people in its original airing. His father, John Walsh, became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and hosted the TV's America's Most Wanted (1988-2012).
1996 Centennial Olympic Park Bombing Right-wing extremist Eric Robert Rudolph commits the first of his four bombings. Two people were killed and 111 were injured. He later set off bombs at two abortion clinics and a lesbian night club.
1986 First non-European to win the Tour de France bicycle race American cyclist Greg LeMond wins what is considered the most important event in bike racing.
1976 The Beatles John Lennon is issued his green card, allowing him to live in the U.S., where he had been living illegally since a 1972 deportation order.
1953 Korean War The three-year war officially ends with the signing of an armistice between the U.S. and Korea. Both sides claimed victory.
1919 Chicago Race Riot Four days of rioting begins in which 23 blacks and 15 whites are killed, with more than 500 people injured.
1866 Atlantic telegraph cable Laying of the 1,686-mile cable from Ireland to Newfoundland is completed.
1804 12th Amendment ratified defined the electing of the President and Vice-President by electoral vote.
Today's Birthdays for July 27
1949 Maureen McGovern American singer. She sang the themes to The Poseidon Adventure (1973, #1, Oscar) and The Towering Inferno (1975, Oscar).
1948 Peggy Fleming American figure skater. Three-time world champion (1966-68), 5-time U.S. champion (1964-68), and Olympic gold medal winner (1968).
1947 Betty Thomas American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Hill Street Blues (Sgt. Lucy Bates).
1944 Bobbie Gentry (Roberta Streeter), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Ode to Billie Joe (1967, #1) and I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1970).
1931 Jerry Van Dyke American actor, Dick's brother. TV: Coach (Luther).
1922 Norman Milton Lear American producer, writer. TV: All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, The Jeffersons, and the soap opera spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
1922 Adolfo Celi d. 1986 Italian actor. Film: Thunderball (1965, one-eyed SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo).
1916 Keenan Wynn d. 1986 (Francis Wynn), American actor. TV: Dallas (Digger Barnes). He appeared in over 200 films.
1852 George Foster Peabody d. 1938 American banker, director of the Federal Reserve Bank at New York (1914-21). The Peabody broadcasting awards were created in his honor (1940).
1824 Alexandre Dumas d. 1895 (Dumas fils), French author, playwright. Writings: Camille (1852) and The Natural Son (1858).
Deaths for July 27
American murder victim. When he was six years old he was abducted from a Sears department store in Florida. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Florida's Turnpike in rural St. Lucie County, Florida. His story was made into the 1983 television film Adam, seen by 38 million people in its original airing. His father, John Walsh, became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and hosted the TV's America's Most Wanted (1988-2012).
African-American businessman. He invented a gas-mask that was popular with American fire fighters. It had a hood to protect the eyes from smoke and air tubes that hung near the ground to draw clean air from beneath the rising smoke.
2017 Sam Shepard b. 1943 American Obie-Pulitzer-winning playwright, actor. Plays: Curse of the Starving Class (1977, Obie), Fool For Love (1984, Obie), and True West (1985, Obie). Film: The Right Stuff (1983, as Chuck Yeager). Writings: Buried Child (1978, Pulitzer Prize).
2012 Norman Alden b. 1924 American actor. TV: Rango (Ranger Rango's boss).
2003 Bob Hope b. 1903 (Leslie Townes Hope), English-born American Emmy-winning comedian, entertainer of the troops. He has won five Oscars for his humanitarian actions and contributions to the industry.
1988 Frank J. Zamboni b. 1901 American inventor of the Zamboni ice surfacing machine used in skating and hockey rinks.
1946 Gertrude Stein b. 1874 American author, poet, famous for her phrase "A rose is a rose is a rose."
1844 John Dalton b. 1766 English chemist, physicist, perfected the atomic theory (1804).
1061 Nicholas II b. circa 992 religious leader, 155th Pope (1059-61).