This Week in History

October 27

Kevin Brown was born


1904 – New York City’s first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened.

1997 – The Dow Jones industrial average fell 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down.

2004 – After an 86 year wait, the Boston Red Sox finally captured a World Series trophy.



1886 -The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

1940 – Italy invaded Greece during World War II.



Kim Jenkusky was born.


1929 – The New York Stock Exchange crashed on Black Tuesday, precipitating the Great Depression.

2012 – Hurricane Sandy.



Mark Dana was born.


1938 – Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, starring Orson Welles, caused

nationwide panic among listeners.

1974 – Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (“rum-ble in the jungle”) to regain his world heavyweight title.



Dennis O’Connor was born.

Marilyn Kohn was born.


1517 – Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

1992 – Pope John Paul II admitted that the Roman Catholic Church had erred in convicting Galileo of heresy 350 years earlier.



Jim Sluyk was born.

Bobby Kalisak was born.


1765 – The Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the American colonies, went into effect.

1952 – The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb in a test in the Marshall Islands.



1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states, respectively.

1959 – Twenty-One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance.

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