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8/27/2014
Famous Birthdays
Reference:
 Encyclopaedia Britannica

2001A complaint was filed against California Congressman Gary Condit and two others for their efforts to obstruct justice in the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy. Condit was accused of conspiring to secure Anne Marie Smith's silence about an affair in their past.  
2001The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B "Predator" aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft "may have crashed or been shot down."  
2001Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. 
1999The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.  
1998In a Florida boot camp for teens, two boys killed a counselor and used his car to escape. The boys, 16 and 17 years old, would be tried as adults for the pickax murder.  
1998In New York city, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali appeared in a U.S. Federal Court to face charges of bombing attacks at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was one of two suspects released to the U.S. by Kenya.  
1998James Brolin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  
1996California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.  
1992Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.  
1991The Soviet republic of Moldavia declared its independence.  
199052 Americans reached Turkey after leaving Iraq. Three young American men were detained by the Iraqis.  
1990The U.S. State Department ordered the expulsion of 36 Iraqi diplomats.  
1989The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard.  
1986Nolan Ryan, while with the Houston Astros, earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.  
1985The Space Shuttle Discovery left for a seven-day mission in which three satellites were launched and another was repaired and redeployed.  
1984Diane Sawyer became the fifth reporter on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes."  
1984The Menetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village opened. It was the first new off-Broadway theater to be built in 50 years in New York City.  
1984U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.  
1981Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was a luxury liner that had sank in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts.  
1979Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in a boat explosion off the coast of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.  
1972North Vietnam's major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.  
1962Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.  
1945American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.  
1939Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.  
1939German Ernst Heinrich Heinkel's He 178, a turbojet-powered aircraft, made the first jet flight. 
1938Robert Frost, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers to disrupt a poetry recital by another poet, Archibald MacLeish.  
1928The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by 15 countries in Paris. Later, 47 other nations would sign the pact.  
1928The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed between France and the United States in a series of peacekeeping efforts after World War I. 
1921The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers. (NFL)  
1912Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" was published for the first time.  
1910Mother Teresa, baptized this day in 1910 in Albania, was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity—a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to the poor, particularly to the destitute of Calcutta (Kolkata), India. She was the recipient of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Peace. She died in 1997 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. 
1894The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. The provision within for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  
1892The original Metropolitan Opera House in New York was seriously damaged by fire.  
1889Boxer Jack Dempsey was defeated for the first time of his career by George LaBlanche.  
1889Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.  
1859The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.  
1859First successful oil well drilled. Edwin Laurentine Drake struck oil on this day while drilling in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Drake, a railway conductor in New Haven, Connecticut, had studied the techniques of drilling salt wells. He was encouraged to drill for oil by George H. Bissell, a local landowner who was aware of Benjamin Silliman's report of the potential value of petroleum. Drake began drilling in 1858 and finally struck oil at a depth of 21 metres (69 feet) on this day. With the spread of Drake's drilling techniques, Titusville and other northwestern Pennsylvania communities became boomtowns. 
1858The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.  
1828Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina.  
1789The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly.  
1776During the American Revolution, British forces under General William Howe defeated George Washington and the American Continental Army in the Battle of Long Island. 
1660The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II.  
1576Titian, the greatest Italian Renaissance painter of the Venetian school, who was once described as “the sun amidst small stars not only among the Italians but all the painters of the world,” died this day in 1576.  
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Famous Birthdays
1988 - Alexa VegaActress (Spy Kids)
1986 - MarioSinger
1980 - Megan GarrettContemporary Christian Singer (Casting Crowns)
1978 - Mason Betha
1969 - Chandra WilsonActress
1962 - Yolanda AdamsGospel Singer
1961 - Jeffrey SteeleCountry Singer
1958 - Peter StormareActor
1957 - Bernhard LangerPro Golfer
1956 - Glen MatlockRock Musician (The Sex Pistols)
1953 - Alex LifesonMusician (RUSH)
1952 - Paul ReubensActor (Pee-wee Herman)
1949 - Jeff CookCountry Musician
1947 - Barbars BachActress
1947 - Harry ReemsEx-porn Star
1945 - Marianne SagebrechtActress
1943 - Tuesday WeldActress
1942 - Daryl DragonMusician
1937 - Tommy SandsActor
1937 - J.D. CroweBluegrass Singer-Musician
1932 - Antonia FraserAuthor
1927 - Jimmy C. NewmanCajun-Country Singer
1916 - Martha Raye
1910 - Mother Teresa
1908 - Lyndon B. Johnson

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