27th June

Born on this Day 27th June
1846 Charles Stewart Parnell
1880 Helen Keller
1924 Doc Pomus
1921 Muriel Pavlov
1938 Tommy Cannon
1938 Alan Coren
1945 Catherine Walker
1962 Michael Ball
1975 Toby MaGuire

Died On This Day
1777 William Dodd
2001 Jack Lemmon

Music

1956 Successful comedy/singing partnership Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis split up.

1964 Louis Armstrong’s ‘Hello Dolly’ album and the Original Cast LP of ‘Hello Dolly’ held the top two places on the US album charts.

1971 The Jackson 5 completed a trio of successive American chart toppers with ‘The Love You Save’.

1989 Tom Jones unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Sport

1992 Jeremy Bates became the first British tennis player for a decade to reach the last sixteen of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, after a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Thierry Champion of France.

1995 Authorities decided to randomly drug-test 100 players during the Wimbledon fortnight, stating that if players refused to give urine specimens they would automatically be suspended.

1997 The Eton vs. Harrow cricket match, the oldest fixture at Lord’s was abandoned because of bad weather. It was the irst time the match had been abandoned without a ball being bowled since the first, held in 1805.

People & Showbiz

1962 ‘Road to Hong Kong’, the final Bob Hope and Bing Crosby road movie, opened at cinemas across America.

1989 Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow announced that he had sold his Hippodrome club in the West End of London for £7 million to the European Leisure group which already owned Camden Palace.

General Events

1776 Thomas Hickley, one of George Washington’s personal guards became the first person to be executed by the US Army when his plot to deliver Washington to the British was uncovered.

1957 More than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey hit the coastal area of Louisiana and Texas.

1967 The first cash dispenser in Britain became operational at a branch of Barclay’s .

1984 Comedian Eric Morecambe’s widow Joan fulfilled a promise made by her husband to St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, by launching an appeal to raise £1 million for research in the early detection of heart disease.

1985 America’s famous Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, ceased to exist after it was decertified by highway officials.

1990 NASA announced that its £1.5 billion Hubble space telescope was suffering serious technical difficulties brought on by design flaws. The most serious of which was a severe lack of control over focusing.

1990 It was announced that the Common Cold Research Centre near Salisbury was to close after 45 years of research with no cure found for the 200 different forms of the ailment.

1995 1,850 years after Hadrian’s Wall was built to defend England from the barbarians in the north, English Heritage apponited a Director of Hadrian’s Wall, to ensure the long-term survival of the Roman Empire’s most northerly frontier.

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