Every day is flush with history. August 27th is certainly no exception.
1660 – Because of his attacks on King Charles II, John Milton’s books are burned in London
1665 – In Acomac, Virginia, the first play is performed in North America, “Ye Bare and Ye Cubb”
1667 – In Jamestown, Virginia, the earliest recorded hurricane occurs in the United States
1776 – In the Battle of Long Island, the British defeat the Americans
1783 – The first hydrogen balloon flight reaches 900 miles altitude (it is unmanned)
1789 – The French National Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man
1832 – The leader of Sauk-Indians, Black Hawk, surrenders
1858 – A news story about the peace demands of England and France being accommodated by China is published by the New York Sun, having been the first cabled news dispatch
1859 – Edwin Drake successfully drills the first oil well near Titusville, Pennsylvania
1881 – Approximately 700 die when a hurricane hits Florida and the Carolinas
1889 – The metal clarinet is patented by Charles G. Conn
1892 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York catches fire
1894 – The United States Congress passes the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, however, the provision within for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1912 – “Tarzan of the Apes,” the book by Edgar Rice Burroughs is first published
1921 – When J.E. Clair, the owner of the Acme Packing Company purchased a professional football team for Green Bay, Wisconsin, he named the team the Green Bay Packers in honor of the workers in his plant
1928 – In Paris, fifteen countries sign the The Kellogg-Briand Pact. 47 other companies would later sign this pact that would outlaw war
1932 – The International anti-war Congress opens in Amsterdam and 200,000 textile workers in England go on strike
1938 – Robert Frost has a tantrum of jealousy and sets fire to papers to interfere with a reading from poet Archibald MacLeish
1945 – At the conclusion of World War II, American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government
1955 – The Guinness Book of World Records is published for the first time
1958 – With two dogs aboard, Sputnik 3 is launched by the U.S.S.R.
1976 – Renee Richards, a transsexual, is barred from competing in U.S. Tennis Open
1984 – United States president Ronald Reagan makes the announcement that the first citizen that would go into space should be a teacher; that teacher would later be Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger tragedy on January 28, 1986