On This Day In History, 27 October

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World Events Today

  • The Manhattan Main Line, the first line of the New York City Subway, opened today in 1904
  • Turkmenistan, officially known as the Republic of Turkmenistan, declared its independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991
  • After serving 16 years in the role, Helmut Kohl resigned as the Chancellor of Germany today in 1998

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American drama movie Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean, Sal Mineo, and Natalie Wood, was released today in 1955
  • Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of the Premier League football club Leicester City, died in a helicopter crash near the stadium today in 2018
  • The American golf legend Tiger Woods, won the inaugural Zozo Championship today in 2019, it was his 82nd PGA win and tied him Sam Snead for the most tour victories of all time

Family Events Today

  • The English actor and comedian John Cleese, co-founder of Monty Python and star of Fawlty Towers, was born today in 1939 in Somerset
  • The gangster John Gotti, who would become the boss of the Gambino crime family, was born today in 1940 in New York City
  • Lewis Allan Reed, better known as the American singer-songwriter Lou Reed, died today in 2013 aged 71

Main Event Today

  • During the Cuban Missile Crisis, today in 1962 became known as Black Saturday, it was the closest the world came to a nuclear war, the crisis ended the following day

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Black Cat Day

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