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What Happened On This Day In History?
Monday, March 27th 2017
Today is the 86th day of 2017. There are 279 days left in this year.
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.
President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York City.
The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
During World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the Western Front had been broken.
Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
Alaska was rocked by a powerful earthquake that killed 114 people.
A KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife, killing 582 people.
Dexter King, son of Martin Luther King Jr., met with James Earl Ray, the man in prison for the assassination of the civil rights leader. Ray denied having anything to do with the shooting, to which King replied, ''I believe you.''
The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, saying it helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual function.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth, died in a plane crash.