May 27 1923 -
Henry Kissinger is born in Fuerth, Germany.
50 years later, (War Criminal - according to your political beliefs) Dr. Kissinger receives the Nobel Peace Prize for quitting the Vietnam War. No kidding. (Henry also proves that outliving your enemies is the best revenge.)
Here is your Today in History -
May 27, 1933 -
The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon The Three Little Pigs.
The natural commercial tie-in with Parks Link sausages isn't such a big hit though.
May 27 1942 -
A couple of Czech assassins ambush the car carrying Reinhard Heydrich and toss a grenade into the front seat.
The man who headed the Wannsee Conference is mortally wounded in the attack, and dies of septicemia a week later. The Nazis retaliate by obliterating the Catholic village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and its inhabitants.
May 27, 1944 -
Duck Soup to Nuts, another classic Daffy Duck/ Porky Pig teaming, was released on this date.
I'm not just your ordinary, meat-on-the-table duck. I'm gifted. I'm just slopping over with talent.
May 27, 1964 -
From Russia with Love, the second spy film in the James Bond series, was released in the US on this date.
President John F. Kennedy had named Fleming's novel From Russia with Love among his ten favourite books of all time in a Life magazine article. In a bizarre coincidence, according to the book "Death of a President" by William Raymond Manchester, this was the last motion picture John F. Kennedy ever saw, on 20 November 1963, in the White House.
May 27 1977 -
After the pressing plant initially refuses to duplicate the record and the printer refuses to make the covers, Virgin finally releases "God Save the Queen" by the Sex Pistols in time for the monarch's Jubilee celebration.
Apparently, their deepest wishes have come true, 32 years later, she's still there.
May 27 1993 -
Five are killed and 37 wounded when a Fiat Fiorino explodes outside the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy.
The car bomb (a combination of PETN, T4, and TNT, kids does try to make this at home) also manages to obliterate three priceless artworks and substantially damage thirty more. The bombing appears to have been the work of the Sicilian Mafia.
May 27 1995-
During the third jump of an equestrian event in Charlottesville, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is thrown headfirst over his horse.
Reeve breaks his neck in two places, instantly rendering him a quadriplegic, unable to move or breathe without assistance.
Today's birthday include Siouxsie Sioux (1957),
Neil Finn (1958),
Hubert Humphrey (1911),
Vincent Price (1911),
And so it goes.