27 November 2006

This day in history: 27 Nov

1703: The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed in the Great Storm.

1868: The 7th US Cavalry, under Lt Col George Armstrong Custer, attacked Black Kettle’s Cheyenne village on the Washita River. Over 150 Indians were killed - including women and children - for the loss of only 23 soldiers.

1924: The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City.

1934: Lester Gillis, aka Baby-Face Nelson, was killed in a shoot-out with FBI agents in Barrington, Illinois.

1940: British and Italian warships met in the Battle of Cape Spartivento. (The picture shows HMS Renown.)

1942: The French fleet was scuttled in Toulon harbour.

1971: Mars 2, launched from Baikonur on 19 May 71, crashed on Mars - the first manmade object to reach the Martian surface.

In addition to Gillis (1908-1934), Alexandre Dumas, fils (1824-1895), "Butch" O'Hare (1914-1943), Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), John Carradine (1906-1988) and David White (1916-1990) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Anders Celsius (1701-1744), Robert Livingston (1746-1813), L Sprague de Camp (1907-2000), "Buffalo Bob" Smith (1917-1998), Bruce Lee (1940-1973), Eddie Rabbitt (1941-1998), Curtis Armstrong (1953-TBD), Bill Nye (1955-TBD), Caroline Kennedy (1957-TBD) and Kirk Acevedo (1974-TBD).

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