Today's Holidays for October 27
Navy Day observed since 1922.
Today's History Trivia for October 27
1972 Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation The agency is established to develop Pennsylvania Ave.
1972 Consumer Product Safety Commission The agency is established.
1970 LSD The psychedelic chemical is declared a Schedule I drug by the DEA.
1954 Disneyland The TV series debuts on ABC.
1927 First Sound News Film It is released by Fox Movie-Tone News.
1904 New York City Subway The first section the subway system opens. It was the World's first underground and underwater subway.
1810 U.S. acquires West Florida Pres. Madison issues a proclamation claiming it to be part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
1787 Federalist papers The series of 85 papers in defense of the Constitution begin appearing in a New York newspaper. They were written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison.
Today's Birthdays for October 27
1858 Theodore Roosevelt d. 1919 26th U.S. President (1901-09), 25th U.S. Vice-President (1901, the youngest president - age 42). He was the first president to: ride in an automobile (1902), submerge in a submarine (1905), and fly in an airplane (1910). He was also the only president not to use the word "I" is his inaugural address (1905), and the first American to win a Nobel Peace Prize (1906). Known for his athleticism, during his presidency he participated in a boxing match with a professional fighter that cost him his sight in one eye (1904).
1958 Simon Le Bon English singer, with Duran Duran. Music: Hungry Like the Wolf (1982), Rio (1982), Union of the Snake (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985).
1951 Edward Lee Howard d. 2002 American CIA agent. He was the first CIA officer to defect to the Soviet Union (1985). See The Spy Who Got Away.
1945 Carrie Snodgress d. 2004 American Golden Globe-winning actress. Film: Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) and The Fury (1978).
1939 John Cleese English actor. TV: Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1926 H. R. Haldeman d. 1993 (Harry Robbins Haldeman), American politician, Nixon's chief of staff. He was imprisoned for 18 months for his role in the Watergate affair.
1924 Alain Bombard d. 2005 French biologist, physician. He made a solo voyage across the Atlantic Ocean (1952) in a 15-foot long boat with almost no provisions. He survived by eating raw fish and plankton. He just wanted to prove that it could be done.
1922 Ruby Dee d. 2014 (Ruby Ann Wallace), American Grammy, Emmy, and Obie winning actress, civil rights activist. TV: The Guiding Light (Martha Frazier, 1967) and Peyton Place (Alma Miles, 1968-69).
1920 Nanette Fabray (Nanette Fabares), American actress. Film: The Little Rascals (Baby Nan starting at age 7). TV: One Day At a Time (Grandma Romano).
1918 Teresa Wright d. 2005 American Oscar-winning actress. Film: The Little Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942, Oscar).
1914 Dylan Marlais Thomas d. 1953 English poet. Writings: Deaths and Entrances.
1910 Frederick De Cordova d. 2001 American director-producer. Film: Bedtime for Bonzo (1951). TV: My Three Sons, The Smothers Brothers, and The Tonight Show (1971-).
1889 Enid Bagnold d. 1981 English novelist. Writings: National Velvet (1935) and The Chalk Garden (1956).
1872 Emily Post d. 1960 American etiquette columnist and author.
1811 Isaac Merrit Singer d. 1875 American inventor. He invented the continuous-stitch sewing machine (1851).
1782 Nicolo Paganini d. 1840 Italian violin virtuoso, considered the greatest violinist of all time.
Deaths for October 27
2013 Lou Reed b. 1942 (Louis Firbank), American singer. He pioneered "ostrich guitar tuning," in which one note is used for all strings. Music: Walk On The Wild Side (1973).
1996 Morey Amsterdam b. 1908 American actor. TV: The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66, Buddy Sorrel).
1977 James M. Cain b. 1892 American author. Writings: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934).
1975 Rex Todhunter Stout b. 1886 American author, creator of the detective Nero Wolfe (1934).
1973 Allan "Rocky" Lane b. 1909 (Harold Albershart), American western actor. TV: Mr. Ed (1961-66, voice of Mr. Ed).
1938 Alma Gluck b. 1884 Romanian-born American singer. Music: Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (1915); the first single recording to sell 1,000,000 copies.