May 27 in Pop Culture History
1199 – John (December 24, 1166 – October 19, 1216) became King of England. He’s the one who signed The Magna Carta, which was the first document to offer people individual rights.
1796 – The patent (#X0116) for a piano was issued to James Sylvanus McLean of New Jersey, for “an improvement in piano fortes.”
1890 – Two U.S. patents (#428,750,#428,751) for the first jukebox were issued to Louis Glass and his business associate, William S. Arnold for a “coin actuated attachment for phonographs.”
1896 (Tornado) St. Louis and East St. Louis, Missouri.
1919 – Pyrex glass was issued a patent (#1,304,623). The inventors, Eugene C. Sullivan and William C. Taylor for Corning Glass Works.
1930 – Masking Tape was patented (#1,760,820) by Richard G. Drew of St. Paul, Minnesota for his employers, 3M.
1931 – Auguste Piccard and Charles Knipfer took man’s first trip (in a pressurized cabin) into the stratosphere when they rode their balloon to an altitude of 51,800 feet.
1933 – The Century of Progress World’s Fair opened in Chicago.
1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin County, California opened. Today was “Pedestrian Day” – cars were allowed the following day.
1941 – The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France, killing over 2,000 Germans.
1963 – Bob Dylan’s second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, was released.
1972 # 1 Hit May 27, 1972 – June 2, 1972: The Chi-Lites – Oh Girl
1983 – Benton Fireworks Disaster, Tennessee
1986 – Dragon Quest, the first major role-playing video game, was released in Japan.
1987 – U2 played in Rome so loud that they set off earthquake alarms in 2 different neighborhoods.
1994- The Arsenio Hall Show came to an end on FOX
1994 – The National League and American League Baseball M.V.P.s were Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas, respectively. Jeff and Frank were both born on the exact same day: May 27, 1968.