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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.

Notable Events

1512
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
1625
Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.
1794
President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
1836
The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
1884
The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York City.
1917
The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1945
During World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the Western Front had been broken.
1958
Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
1964
Alaska was rocked by a powerful earthquake that killed 114 people.
1977
A KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife, killing 582 people.
1997
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.''
1998
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.

Notable Deaths

1968
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth, died in a plane crash.
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