Today in History for 27th May 2021

Historical Events

1903 – 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to pedestrians
1955 – Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV
1956 – US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
2009 – NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
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

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Famous Birthdays

1836 – Edwin Gray Lee, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Shepherdstown, Virginia (d. 1870)
1891 – Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1965)
1910 – Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway and Sons)
1923 – Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
1935 – Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick Evans], British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
1951 – John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool

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Famous Deaths

366 – Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)
1939 – Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
1992 – John Myhers, director/actor (Billion Dollar Hobo), dies at 70
1993 – Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), dies at 82
1996 – Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
2019 – Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), dies of dementia at 69

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