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JANUARY 27

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1967 Virgil "Gus" Grissom (Indiana-born Astronaut) Gus Grissom Astronauts
Ed White (Texas-born Astronaut) Ed White Astronauts
Roger Chaffee (Michigan-born Astronaut) Roger Chaffee Astronauts
1989 Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith (English Aviation Pioneer) English Explorers and Aviators Aviation History Peanuts World War I Technology and Society
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1513 First African-American Slaves Are Brought to Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Slavery African-American History Historic Firsts
1795 University of Georgia Is Chartered as the First State University in the U.S. Georgia Education Historic Firsts University of Georgia History Channel
1827 French Trader/Author Auguste Bernard Duhaut-Cilly, Captain of the French Ship Le Heros, Arrives in San Francisco France San Francisco Ships Learn California
1895 Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Is First Performed in Its Entirety at St. Petersburg's Mayinsky Theater Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Ballet Historic Firsts BalletMet Columbus
1899 In France, Camille Jenatzy Sets Land Speed Record (49.932 mph) in Battery-powered Automobile France Automobiles History of Technology Historic Firsts University of Miami
1904 Driving in France, an American Sets First Land-Speed Record in a Gasoline Automobile (76.086mph) France Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1948 First Magnetic Tape Recorder Goes on Sale for $49.50 History of Technology Historic Firsts National Council for Science and Technology Communication
1951 U.S. Air Force Plane Explodes a One-kiloton Nuclear Bomb in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Historic Firsts History Channel
1955 Robert McFerrin Debuts As Metropolitan Opera's First Black Male Performer New York City Opera Famous African Americans Historic Firsts The Metropolitan Opera
1964 Margaret Chase Smith Becomes the First Female Presidential Candidate for a Major Party Margaret Chase Smith The American Presidency Women Politics and Elections Historic Firsts Margaret Chase Smith Library (pdf)
1967 Apollo Astronauts Grissom, Chaffee and White Perish in Capsule Flash Fire Gus Grissom Ed White Roger Chaffee Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date NASA History Channel New York Times BBC
Leon Kirchner's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Quartet No. 3 for Strings and Electronic Tape" Is First Performed in New York City New York City Composers American Composers Historic Firsts 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Music Amrican Public Media

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