Today in History
June 27

363Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.
1743English King George defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.
1833Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.
1862Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines' Mill--the third engagement of the Seven Days' campaign.
1864General Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
1871The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.
1905The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.
1918Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.
1923Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.
1924Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.
1927The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.
1929Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.
1942The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.
1944Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.
1950The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.
1963Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
1973President Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.
1985The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.

Born on June 27
1462Louis XII, King of France (1498-1515).
1682Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718).
1869Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-born American anarchist, feminist and birth control advocate.
1872Paul Laurence Dunbar, African-American poet and writer.
1880Helen Keller, American educator.
1888Antoinette Perry, actress and director, namesake of the "Tony" Awards.
1913Richard Bissell, novelist and playwright.
1913Willie Mosconi, professional billiards player.
1920I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter.
1926Frank O'Hara, American poet.
1927Bob Keeshan, American television actor, best known as "Captain Kangaroo."
1953Alice McDermott, writer (That Night, At Weddings and Wakes).

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