Today in History for 27th May 2022

Historical Events

1738 – Turkish troops occupy Orsova and Ochakov in eastern Europe
1902 – 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
1942 – Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim
1969 – Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida
1997 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO
2001 – Indianapolis 500: race rookie Hélio Castroneves of Brazil leads for the final 52 laps to win first of 4 Indy 500s; Penske Racing sweeps 1st-2nd with Gil de Ferran the runner-up

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), born in McFarland, Wisconsin (d. 1962)
1910 – Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway and Sons)
1936 – Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer and Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
1966 – Ray Sheppard, Pembroke, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
1971 – Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
1977 – Abderrahmane Hammad, Algerian athlete

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Famous Deaths

1576 – Charles de Boisot, Dutch admiral and water beggar, drowns in battle at about 45
1610 – François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)
1615 – Margaret de Valois, 1st Queen of Henry IV of France (1672-99) daughter of Henry II, dies at 61
1831 – Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
1992 – John Myhers, director/actor (Billion Dollar Hobo), dies at 70
2003 – Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), dies at 77

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