November 27 in Pop Culture History
1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.
1826 – Chemist John Walker invented the friction match in England.
1834 – The direct current (DC) electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport.
1896 – Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss was first performed.
1910 – Pennsylvania Station opened, called so because the Pennsylvania Railroad trains began using it November 27, 1910.
1924 – Macy’s department store held its first Thanksgiving Day parade down a two-mile stretch of Broadway in New York City.
1937 – Pins and Needles (Broadway Review) Opened on November 27, 1937 and Closed: June 22, 1940
1952 – CBS began broadcasting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
1962 – Never Too Late (Broadway Play) Opened on November 27, 1962 and Closed: April 24, 1965
1965 – Author Ken Kesey’s first ‘Acid Test’ (parties he had where people experimented with LSD) was on November 27th, 1965 in Santa Cruz, California and featured a live performance by a band called The Warlocks. They later changed their name to the Grateful Dead.
1973 – The US Senate approved Gerald R. Ford as the US’ 40th vice president, after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew, who plead guilty to income tax evasion.
1975 – Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter was shot dead outside his North London home. Police believe it was an IRA hit.
1978 – The White Shadow premiered on CBS.
1980 – Bosom Buddies premiered on ABC.
1982 – #1 Hit November 27, 1982 – December 10, 1982: Lionel Richie – Truly
2004 – Pope John Paul II returned the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
2005 – 13-year-old bat mitzvah Elizabeth Brooks had 50 Cent & Aerosmith perform at her celebration at New York’s Rainbow Room.
2011 – Mexico City briefly held the world record of having the largest “zombie walk” in the world after almost 10,000 people dressed as zombies paraded through the city. Several walks have beaten that record.
2013 – Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, was released.