December 27 in Pop Culture History

27December 27 in Pop Culture History

1831 – Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, beginning his journey discovering evolution.

1895 – “Stag” Lee Sheldon killed his friend Billy Lyons over a drunken political argument. Various versions of the encounter have been sung about “Stagger Lee.”

1904 – Peter Pan the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (Duke of York’s Theatre Play) opened on December 27, 1904

1927 – Show Boat, considered to be the first American musical play, opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway.

1932 – Built during the Great Depression, Radio City Music Hall, a modern Art Deco theater in New York City, opened.

1952 – #1 Hit December 27, 1952 – January 9, 1953: Jimmy BoydI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

1969 – #1 Hit December 27, 1969 – January 2, 1970: Diana Ross & the SupremesSomeday We’ll Be Together

1975 – #1 Hit December 27, 1975 – January 2, 1976: The Staple SingersLet’s Do It Again

1979 – Knots Landing premiered on CBS

1983 – Pope John Paul II visited Mehmet Ali Agca in prison and personally forgave him for shooting him in 1981, in St. Peter’s Square.

1986 – Brighton Beach Memories debuted in theaters.

1991 – Fried Green Tomatoes and The Prince of Tides were released in theaters.

2002 – Chicago debuted in theaters.

2013 – August: Osage County was released in theaters.

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