27th May

Born on this Day 27th May
1837 ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok
1878 Isadora Duncan
1894 Dashiell Hammett
1922 Christopher Lee
1923 Henry Kissinger
1939 Don Williams
1943 Cilla Black
1946 Lewis Collins
1965 Pat Cash
1967 Paul Gascoigne
1970 Joseph Fiennes
1974 Denise Van Outen

Died on this Day
1910 Robert Koch
2001 Victor Kiam
2002 Pat Coombs


1958 Jerry Lee Lewis cut short his UK tour when a storm broke out over his marriage to his 13 year old cousin.

1989 For the first time 2 Swedish born acts were simultaneously in the UK Top 10: Roxette and Neneh Cherry.


1984 Cathy Foster became the first woman to be selected for Britain’s Olympic yachting team after she won the 470-class trial race at Weymouth.

1990 Peter Elliott ran the world’s fastest mile of the year, in a time of 3 minutes, 51.08 seconds.

People & Showbiz

1984 Comedian Eric Morecambe was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital in Glucester after collapsing at a performance at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury.

1984 Margaret Harris who was a deputy head teacher of a Southampton school won the BBC quiz ‘Mastermind’ with a record 38 points.

1993 45 Coronation Street fans from Kidderminster launched the Reg Holdsworth appreciation society.

General Events

1937 The 4200 ft Golden Gate Bridge was opened in San Francisco.

1984 The stocks which had stood in Alford, Lincolnshire for over 100 years were restored with English oak by teenagers Steven Boulton and Richard Brown as part of their CSE studies..

1992 32 year old William McGowan saved the life of a 4 yr old boy in London by a catching him when his mother dropped him 70ft from the balcony of her burning fifth floor flat.

1995 The Prime Minister, John Major, denounced ‘down-and-outs’ as an eyesore and said ‘…there was no need for people to beg. It is not acceptable to be out on the street. There is no justification for it’.

1999 President Slobodan Milosevic was officially named a war criminal by the International War Crimes Tribunal. Charged with multiple murders, he could be arrested and put on trial if he left Yugoslavia.

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