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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Wednesday, May  27, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On May 27, 1963, the album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which featured the song "Blowin' in the Wind," was released.
 
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On this date in:
1647 Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Conn.
1896 A tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill., killing 255 people.
1911 Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born in Wallace, S.D.
1912 Golfer Sam Snead was born in Ashwood, Va.
1935 The Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.
1937 The Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., opened.
Audio Link Louis Reggiardo, who helped build the bridge
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1941 The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of more than 2,100 lives.
1964 Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India's first prime minister, died.
1994 Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile.
1995 Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the rebels' leader.
1997 The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.
1998 Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after apologizing for not warning anyone about the deadly plot.
1999 A U.N. tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity, holding the Yugoslav president personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Chris Colfer ("Glee") turns 25 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Henry Kissinger Former secretary of state 92
Sumner Redstone Chairman of Viacom Inc. 92
Lee Meriwether Actress ("Barnaby Jones") 80
Louis Gossett Jr Actor 79
Bruce Weitz Actor ("Hill Street Blues") 72
Christopher Dodd Former U.S. senator, D-Conn. 71
Bruce Cockburn Rock singer 70
Richard Schiff Actor ("The West Wing") 60
Siouxsie Sioux Rock singer 58
Neil Finn Rock musicisn (Crowded House) 57
Peri Gilpin Actress ("Fraiser") 54
Adam Carolla Comedian 51
Todd Bridges Actor ("Diff'rent Strokes") 50
Jeff Bagwell Baseball player 47
Frank Thomas Baseball Hall of Famer 47
Jack McBrayer Actor ("30 Rock") 42
Andre 3000 Rapper (Outkast) 40
Jadakiss Rapper 40
Actor Paul Bettany turns 44 years old today.
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