January 7 - First transatlantic telephone call - New York City to London.
February 23 - The Federal Radio Commission (later renamed the Federal Communications
Commission) begins to regulate the use of radio frequencies.
March 11 - In New York City, the Roxy Theatre is opened by Samuel Roxy Rothafel.
April - The Great Mississippi Flood affects 700,000 people in the greatest national disaster
in US history.
April 7 - Bell Telephone Co. transmits an image of Commerce Secretary Hoover which
becomes the first successful long distance demonstration of television.
May - Philo Farnsworth transmits first experimental electronic television pictures.
May 9 - The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
May 11 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the "Academy" in "Academy
Awards," is founded.
May 14 - Cap Arcona's launching , Blohm & Voss shipyard, in Hamburg.
May 20 - Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda).
May 20-May 21 Non-stop Trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris by Charles
May 23 - The first demonstration of television before a live audience. Nearly 600 members
of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers view
the demonstration at the Bell Telephone Building in New York.
May 27 - Ford Motor Company ceases manufacturing Ford Model Ts and begins to retool
plants to make Ford Model As.
July 24 - The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
August 1 - Formation of the People's Liberation Army during the Nanching Uprising.
August 7 - Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
August 23 - Sacco and Vanzetti executed.
November 12 - Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph
Stalin with undisputed control of the Soviet Union.
November 12 - The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicular tunnel
linking New Jersey to New York City.
December 2 - Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company
unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
December 30 - Japan's first subway line, the Ginza Line in Tokyo, opens.
German economy collapses.
The British Broadcasting Corporation is founded.
The Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System (later known as CBS) is formed.
Harold Stephen Black invents the feedback amplifier.
1927 in film
January 10 - The film Metropolis by Fritz Lang premiers.
October 6 - The first talkie is released - The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson.
The formation of The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1927 in sports
January 7 - The Harlem Globetrotters play their first game.
February 11 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran.
February 11 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles.Births
January 10 - Gisele MacKenzie
January 10 - Johnnie Ray
, singer (d. 1990).
January 13 - Maria Cornelia van den Houten
January 17 - Eartha Kitt
, actress, singer.
January 28 - Hiroshi Teshigahara
January 29 - Edward Abbey
, environmentalist (d. 1989).
January 30 - Olof Palme
, Swedish prime minister (d. 1986).
February 2 - Stan Getz
, musician (d. 1991).
February 3 - Val Doonican
, Irish singer and entertainer.
February 7 - Juliette Greco
, singer and actor.
February 7 - Vladimir Kuts
, Soviet long-distance runner.
February 10 - Leontyne Price
, lyric soprano.
February 15 - Harvey Korman
, actor, comedian.
February 20 - Sidney Poitier
February 21 - Erma Bombeck
, writer, humorist.
February 21 - Hubert de Givenchy
, fashion designer.
March 1 - Harry Belafonte
, musician and actor.
March 1 - Robert Bork
, law professor.
March 6 - Wes Montgomery
March 6 - Gordon Cooper
March 7 - Elisabeth Wilhelmina (Betsy) (Elizabeth Wilhelmina) van den Houten
March 10 - Paul Wunderlich
, painter, graphic artist, sculptor.
March 10 - Jupp Derwall
, football coach.
March 11 - Joachim Fuchsberger
March 16 - Vladimir Komarov
March 16 - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
, Senator from New York.
March 18 - George Plimpton
March 21 - Hans-Dietrich Genscher
March 24 - Martin Walser
March 27 - Mstislav Rostropovich
, conductor, musician.
March 31 - Cesar Chavez
, labor activist (d. 1993).
March 31 - William Daniels
April 6 - Gerry Mulligan
April 20 - Phil Hill
, race car driver.
April 27 - Coretta Scott King
, American civil rights leader.
May 9 - Wim Thoelke
, show master.
May 13 - Herbert Ross
May 20 - Bud Grant
, Canadian and American football coach.
May 23 - Dieter Hildebrandt
, cabaret artiste.
May 25 - Robert Ludlum
, science fiction writer.
May 30 - Hendrik van Tillo
May 30 - Clint Walker
July 1 - Mary van Houten
July 4 - Gina Lollobrigida
July 8 - Albert Visscher
August 23 - Dick Bruna
August 27 - Althea Gibson
, African-American tennis pioneer.
August 30 - Geoffrey Beene
, fashion designer.
October 16 - Günter Grass
, German novelist.
October 18 - George C. Scott
, film and stage actor.
December 5 - Bhumibol Adulyadej
, King of Thailand.
December 8 - Vladimir Shatalov
December 29 - Andy Stanfield
, American athlete.Bob Fosse
, choreographer and director.Deaths
January 18 - Former Empress Carlota
January 29 - Rino van den Houten
January 31 - Geertruij de Leeuw
March 27 - Joe Start
, baseball player.
May 17 - Johanna (Hanna / Janna) Houtman
May 20 - Cornelia Berman
June 1 - Lizzie Borden
, notorious figure, thought to have killed her parents with an axe.
June 9 - Victoria Woodhull
, feminist, suffragette.
June 14 - Jerome K. Jerome
August 12 - Jacob Jonker
August 23 - Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti
, Italian anarchists.
August 31 - Poulina Quist
October 10 - Adriana Hodde
October 10 - Gustave Albin Whitehead
, German-American aviation pioneer.
November 10 - Krina van den Houten
December 20 - Adriana Lukus
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