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Today In History - June 27

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Today in History in 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain; in 1876 the Democratic Party elects Samuel Tilden as U.S. presidential candidate; and in 1973 "Live & Let Die", the 8th James Bond Film was first released in the U.S., first appearance of Roger Moore as James Bond.

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

  • 1542 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
  • 1743 - War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.
  • 1857 - James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud
  • 1876 - Democratic Party elects Samuel Tilden as US presidential candidate
  • 1929 - 1st color TV demo (NYC)
  • 1950 - North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
  • 1964 - Jan & Dean release "Little Old Lady From Pasadena"
  • 1967 - The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield, London.
  • 1973 - "Live & Let Die", 8th James Bond Film, 1st to star Roger Moore, also starring Jane Seymour, 1st released in the US
  • 2008 - Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1872 - Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dayton Ohio, poet/novelist (Oak & Ivory)
  • 1880 - Helen Keller, Ala, blind-deaf author/lecturer
  • 1888 - Antoinette Perry, American theater director (d. 1946}
  • 1975 - Tobey Maguire, American actor (Spider-Man, The Great Gatsby), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1984 - Khloe Kardashian, American reality television star (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1524 - Earl Henry III of Nassau weds Mencia de Medoza, 16-years old marquess
  • 1948 - Inventor Jack Kilby (24) weds Barbara Annegers
  • 1964 - Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1992 - "One Life to Live" actress Catherine Hickland (36) weds actor Michael E. Knight (33)
  • 1992 - Singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli (34) weds Enrica Cenzatti
  • 1993 - Actress Julia Roberts (25) weds country singer Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana
  • 1998 - Prince Michael of Greece daughter Princess Alexandra (29) weds perfume executive Nicolas Mirzayantz (37) in Torcello Island
  • 1998 - "Murphy Brown" actress Faith Ford (33) weds personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy (35) on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, California
  • 2005 - "The Young and The Restless" actress Melody Thomas Scott (49) weds supervising producer of the CBS daytime drama Edward J. Scott (60) for the second time in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2009 - "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California
  • 2009 - Rocker Eddie Van Halen (54) weds publicist Janie Liszewski (39) at his seven-acre estate in the hills above Studio City, California
  • 2011 - Actress America Ferrera (28) weds actor and director Ryan Piers Williams (31) in New York

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 - Former Playboy playmate and Baywatch actress Donna D'Errico (38) divorces Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1458 - Alfonso V, King of Aragon/Sicily/Naples (Alfonso I), dies
  • 1831 - Sophie Germain, French mathematician, dies at 55
  • 1844 - Joseph Smith Jr, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob at 38
  • 2001 - Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2004 - George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)
  • 2006 - Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as "The Railway Killer" (b. 1959)
  • 2009 - Gale Storm, TV Personality (b. 1922)
  • 2012 - Don Grady [Agrati], American actor, dies from cancer at 68
  • 2014 - Bobby Womack, American Hall of Fame R&B singer, dies at 70

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