Today in History….November 27

On this day in . . .

  1901, U.S. Army War College is established in Wahington, DC

  1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began service at New York’s Pennsylvania Station.

  1924, in New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held

  1934, bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI

  1945, General George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists

  1954, Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury

  1960, Gordie Howe was the first player to reach the NHL landmark of 1000 points

  1964, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru appeals to the United States and the Soviet Union to end nuclear testing and to start nuclear disarmament, stating that such an action would “save humanity from the ultimate disaster”

  1965, during the Vietnam War, the Pentagon tells U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations were to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000

  1973, the Twenty-fifth Amendment in practice, when the United States Senate votes 92 to 3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States (on December 6, the House confirmed him 387 to 35)

  1990, the British Conservative Party chooses John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  1991, the United Nations Security Council adopts UN Security Council Resolution 721, leading the way to the establishment of peacekeeping operations in Yugoslavia 

  1997, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a gust of wind knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month

  1999, Northern Ireland’s biggest party, the Ulster Unionists, cleared the way for the speedy formation of an unprecedented Protestant-Catholic administration

  2001, a hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet

  2002, President Bush appointed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead an investigation into why the government failed to foil the Sept. 11 attacks. (The following month, Kissinger stepped down, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.) ALSO: Bush gave the go-ahead to open U.S. highways to Mexican trucks

  2004, after 40 years in North Korea and less than one month in a U.S. military jail near Tokyo, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins became a free man. ALSO: The Ukraine parliament declared the recently held presidential election invalid

  2005, the first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France

  2008, Indian commandoes fought to wrest control of two luxury hotels and a Jewish center from Muslim terrorists, a day after a chain of attacks across Mumbai. ALSO: Iraq’s parliament approved a pact requiring all U.S. troops to be out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012

  2010, South Korea and the United States shrugged off North Korean warnings and started four days of naval exercises in the Yellow Sea. North Korea, which shelled a South Korean island a few days earlier in an effort to head off the exercises, warned the drills would move the region closer to “the brink of war.”

  2012, Consumer confidence reached its highest level in nearly five years, with the help of rising home values, more hiring and lower gas prices  


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