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3/27/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 27

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Today in History in 1625 Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland ascended the throne; in 1855 Abraham Gesner patented kerosene; and in 1980 Mount St. Helens became active after 123 years.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1625 - Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne
  • 1855 - Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
  • 1863 - American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer
  • 1915 - Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid
  • 1931 - Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor
  • 1952 - "Singin' in the Rain", a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released
  • 1958 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party
  • 1980 - Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1845 - Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), born in Lennep, Rhine Province
  • 1899 - Gloria Swanson, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 - Judy Carne, comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop)
  • 1942 - Michael York, England, actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers)
  • 1963 - Quentin Tarantino, director/screenwriter (Pulp Fiction)
  • 1971 - Mariah Carey, singer (Love Takes Time, Hero), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 - Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor
  • 1975 - Fergie Duhamel, Hacienda Heights, California, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas)

Famous Weddings

  • 1916 - Actress Gloria Swanson (17) weds actor Wallace Beery (30)
  • 1954 - Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (20) weds socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann
  • 1958 - Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha
  • 1998 - Novelist Danielle Steel (50) weds financier Thomas James Perkins (66)

Famous Deaths

  • 1625 - James VI and I, Scottish born King of Scotland )1657-1625) and King of England and Ireland (1603-25), poet and author, dies at 58
  • 1968 - Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34
  • 1998 - Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile manufacturer (b. 1909)
  • 2002 - Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)
  • 2002 - Dudley Moore, British actor (b. 1935)
  • 2002 - Billy Wilder, American director (b. 1906)

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