May 27, 2021
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1679 - Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
1703 – Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1873 - Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia
1917 – Pope Benedict XV promulgates the 1917 Code of Canon Law, the first comprehensive codification of Catholic canon law in the legal history of the Catholic Church.
1919 – The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight.
1927 – The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A.
1930 – The 1,046 feet (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
1933 – The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California.
1950 – The Linnanmäki amusement park was opened for the first time in Helsinki
1958 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.
1958 - Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
1960 - Baltimore manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt, used by Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney
1961 - 1st black light is sold
1969 - Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1984 – The Danube-Black Sea canal is opened, in a ceremony attended by the Ceaușescus. It had been under construction since the 1950s.
1985 - Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1986 - Norway Showcase groundbreaking in EPCOT, WDW
1995 - Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia
2013 - The largest flag ever made at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread is unveiled in Romania
2018 – Maryland Flood Event: A flood occurs throughout the Patapsco Valley causing one death and destroying the entire first floors of buildings on Main Street in Ellicott City and causing cars to overturn.
2020 - America's COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000 (Johns Hopkins figures) equal to number of US servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan put together. Today? That death toll is 606,179
2021 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 04 mins 36 secs of light-travel time from Earth