Today's Holidays for September 27
Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul Commemorating the French priest, patron of charitable organizations, and co-founder of the Sisters of Charity.
Today's History Trivia for September 27
1964 Warren Commission Report - Oswald Acted Alone The controversial report is made public. It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It also concluded that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald two days later.
1922 First 3-D Movie Power of Love premiers. The viewer wore special glasses with one red and one green lens. It also allowed the viewer to choose either a happy or tragic ending depending on which lens of the glasses they looked through.
1992 Tenor Luciano Pavarotti is caught lip-syncing during a live BBC radio performance.
1990 Dan Quayle The U.S. Vice-President states, "We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
1954 The Tonight Show debuts on NBC with host Steve Allen.
1942 USS William D. Porter The Fletcher-class destroyer is launched. In 1943, the USS Iowa with Pres. Roosevelt aboard, would narrowly avoid a torpedo accidently launched by the Porter.
1937 First Santa Claus training school Santa Claus School of Albion, New York opens.
1888 Jack the Ripper London's Central News Agency receives a letter concerning the recent prostitute murders; It was signed "Jack the Ripper." However, many authorities now believe the letter was a hoax by a journalist trying to sensationalize the murders.
1785 John Fitch displays a model and drawing of his steamboat to the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
1732 First issue of the Rhode Island Gazette, published by James Franklin, Benjamin's brother. It was the first newspaper in Rhode Island.
1540 Jesuits The Society of Jesus (later called Jesuits) is officially recognized by Pope Paul III. It had been organized by Ignatius of Loyola in 1535.
Today's Birthdays for September 27
1840 Thomas Nast d. 1902 American cartoonist. Created the elephant image used by the Republican parties and the modern version of the Santa Clause image. He is referred to as the "Father of the American Cartoon." Although he popularized the use of the donkey to represent the Democratic party, the donkey was originally used by Andrew Jackson for his presidential campaign.
1827 Hiram Rhodes Revels d. 1901 American minister, politician. He was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress. He was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Mississippi in 1870-71 during the Reconstruction era. Some senators initially blocked his seating on grounds that Mississippi was under military rule and lacked a civil government to confirm his election. Others claimed Revels was not a U.S. citizen until the passage of the 14th Amendment and was therefore ineligible to become a U.S. Senator. He was finally seated on February 25, 1870.
1958 Shaun Cassidy American actor, singer. TV: The Hardy Boys Mysteries (Joe Hardy) on which he sang Da Do Ron Ron (1977, #1).
1949 Mike Schmidt American baseball player, 3rd baseman for Philadelphia, 3-time MVP (1980-81, 86). He hit 548 career home runs and won 10 gold gloves.
1947 Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), American singer. Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, Eddie).
1943 Randy Bachman Canadian singer, with Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Music: Takin' Care of Business (1974) and You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (1974, #1).
1934 Wilford Brimley American actor. TV: Our House (Gus Witherspoon).
1933 Kathleen Nolan (Joycelyn Schrum), American actress. TV: The Real McCoys (Kate McCoy).
1933 Greg Morris d. 1996 American actor. TV: Mission: Impossible (1966-73, electronics expert Barney Collier).
1927 Sada Thompson d. 2011 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Family (1976-80, Kate Lawrence).
1922 Arthur Penn d. 2010 American film director. Film: The Miracle Worker (1962), Bonny and Clyde (1967), and Alice's Restaurant (1969).
1920 William Conrad d. 1994 American actor. Radio: Gunsmoke (Matt Dillon). TV: The Fugitive (narrator), The Bullwinkle Show (narrator), Cannon (title role), and Jake and the Fatman (the Fatman).
1885 Harry Blackstone d. 1965 (Harry Bouton), American magician. Famous for his Hindu rope trick and woman-in-the-cabinet illusions.
1792 George Cruikshank d. 1878 English political cartoonist, illustrator of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist (1838).
1722 Samuel Adams d. 1803 American patriot, one of the leaders of the Boston Tea Party (1773), signer of the Declaration of Independence, and governor of Massachusetts (1794-97).
1601 Louis XIII d. 1643 King of France. His death made his 5-year-old son, Louis XIV, king.
Deaths for September 27
2017 Hugh Hefner b. 1926 American publisher, playboy. Founder of Playboy magazine (1953).
2003 Donald O'Connor b. 1925 American Emmy-winning actor, dancer. Film: Singin' in the Rain (1952, Cosmo Brown) and numerous Francis the Talking Mule films.
2000 Frank Wills b. 1948 American security guard. He uncovered the Watergate break in when he noticed tape on a door at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. He played himself in the movie All the President's Men.
1993 James Harold Doolittle b. 1896 American air-force officer, winner of the Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom. He made the first blind airplane flight (1929) and led the first U.S. bombing raid over the Japanese mainland (1942) during World War II.
1956 Babe Didrikson Zaharias b. 1911 considered America's greatest female athlete. In the 1932 Olympics she won gold for the javelin and hurdles, silver for the high jump, and as a golfer won the British Women's Amateur (1947) and U.S. Open three times (1948, 50, 54).
1921 Engelbert Humperdinck b. 1854 German composer. Opera: Hänsel and Gretel (1893).
1917 Edgar Degas b. 1834 French impressionist painter, sculptor. He is noted for his paintings of ballet dancers and racehorses.
1700 Innocent XII b. 1615 Italian religious leader, 242nd Pope (1691-1700).
1660 Saint Vincent de Paul b. 1581 French ecclesiastic. He founded the Vincentian Congregation and the Sisters of Charity.
1590 Urban VII b. 1521 Italian religious leader, 228th Pope (Sept. 1590). He died 12 days after being elected pope.