Today in History
June 27

1743   English King George II defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.
1833   Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.
1862   Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill–the third engagement of the Seven Days’ campaign.
1864   General William Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
1871   The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.
1905   Sailors start a mutiny aboard the Potemkin, a predreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.

The mutiny, which comes during the Russo-Japanese War, will be widely viewed as a first step toward the Russian Revolution of 1917. It will later form the basis of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film “The Battleship Potemkin.” [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]

1918   Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.
1923   Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.
1924   Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.
1927   The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.
1929   Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.
1942   The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.
1944   Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.
1950   The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.
1963   Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
1973   President Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.
1985   The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.
Born on June 27
1462   Louis XII, King of France (1498-1515).
1682   Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718).
1869   Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-born American anarchist, feminist and birth control advocate.
1872   Paul Laurence Dunbar, African-American poet and writer.
1880   Helen Keller, American educator.
1888   Antoinette Perry, actress and director, namesake of the “Tony” Awards.
1913   Richard Bissell, novelist and playwright.
1913   Willie Mosconi, professional billiards player.
1920   I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter.
1926   Frank O’Hara, American poet.
1927   Bob Keeshan, American television actor, best known as “Captain Kangaroo.”
1953   Alice McDermott, writer (That Night, At Weddings and Wakes).

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  1. Thursday, June 27, 1844 – Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith martyred by a mob in Carthage, Illinois. They were the religious leaders and founders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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