Wednesday, July 27th
The 208th day of 2005
There are 157 days left in the year
Today's Highlights in History
On July 27, 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting. (Go to article.)
On July 27, 1905, Leo Durocher, the American baseball player and manager, was born. Following his death on October 7, 1991, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. Other Birthdays)
On July 27, 1878, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about an international rowing competition. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
Reference: The New York Times
The following courtesy Iraq War Today
Today in History
1689 - Jacobite Scottish Highlanders defeat a Royal force at Killiecrankie.
1789 - Congress establishes the Department of Foreign Affairs (State Department.)
1816 - U.S. troops attack Fort Blount, on Apalachicola Bay FL.
1837 - The U.S. Mint opens in Charlotte, NC.
1844 - The U.S. Mint in Charlotte, NC, is destroyed by fire.
1861 - Union General George McClellan takes command of the Army of the Potomac.
1909 - Orville Wright tests the first U.S. Army airplane, flying for 1 hour, 12 minutes.
1944 - The Gloster Meteor becomes the first British jet fighter used in combat; the U.S. regains Guam from the Japanese.
1953 - An Armistice is signed, ending the Korean War and dividing Vietnam into two countries.
1955 - Austria regains full independence after occupation.
1962 - The Mariner-2 is launched to Venus for a flyby; Martin Luther King, Jr., is jailed in Albany, Georgia.
1969 - Pioneer-10 is launched.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee votes 27-11 to recommend Nixon be impeached.
1987 - John Demjanjuk, accused Nazi "Ivan the Terrible," testifies in Israel.
1988 - Radio Shack unveils the Tandy 1000 SL computer.
1768 - Charlotte Corday, assassin of Jean-Paul Marat
1857 - Jos‚ Celso Barbosa, found Federalist Party
1883 - Montgomery Blair, lawyer (Dred Scot case)
1976 - Ray Brennan, first victim of "Legionnaire's Disease"
1980 - Shah Mohammed Reza Pahavala of Iran
1990 - Kim Thomas-Friedland, news anchor (FNN)
Reported Missing in Action
Berg, Kile D., USAF (WA); F105D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1996
Kosko, Walter, USAF (VA); F105D shot down, believed Killed
Purcell, Robert B., USAF (KY); F105D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998
Bare, Wiliam, USAF (OK); RF4C shot down
Corbitt, Gilland W., USAF (CO); RF4C shot down
Hardie, Charles D., USN (TX); presumed Killed after aircraft encountered problems over water, body not recovered
Patterson, Bruce M. USN (OR); presumed Killed after aircraft encountered problems over water, body not recovered
Fullerton, Frank E., USN (GA); A4F crashed on bombing run, cause undetermined, presumed killed, body not recovered
Patton, Ward K., USN (KS); while returning to YRBM-18 from another craft, lost footing and fell into swift-moving river; presumed Killed, body not recovered