June 27

1743: English King George II defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.

1833: Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Connecticutt.

1862: Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill –– the third engagement of the Seven Days’ campaign.

1864: Gen. William Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

1871: The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.

1905: The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.

1918: Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.

1923: Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.

1924: Democrats offer Lena Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.

1927: The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.

1929: Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.

1942: The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.

1944: Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.

1950: The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.

1963: Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.

1973: President Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.

1985: The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.

Born on June 27

1462: Louis XII, king of France (1498-1515).

1682: Charles XII, king of Sweden (1697-1718).

1869: Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-born American anarchist, feminist and birth control advocate.

1872: Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American poet and writer.

1880: Helen Keller, American educator.

1888: Antoinette Perry, actress and director, namesake of the “Tony” Awards.

1913: Richard Bissell, novelist and playwright.

1913: Willie Mosconi, professional billiards player.

1920: I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter.

1926: Frank O’Hara, American poet.

1927: Bob Keeshan, American television actor, best known as “Captain Kangaroo.”

1953: Alice McDermott, writer (“That Night,” “At Weddings and Wakes”).

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