Unsorted 1927 Events [Bottom]
Massachusetts is the first state to require auto insurance
05 - |USA ?|
New York, Fox Studios
introduces Movietone, which synchronizes motion and sound films
07 - First transatlantic commercial telephone service opens, offering
connection between New York and London.
10 - German master film director Fritz Lang + premieres his
big-scaled, deco-style futuristic Metropolis, a vision of technology gone awry.
25 - The "Daddy and Peaches +" separation trial begins in New York.
31 - Allied military control in Germany ends. It is handed over to the
League of Nations.
05 - Buster Keaton's film comedy classic, The General, premieres.
Seven-mile-long (11.26 km.), $12 million Moffat Tunnel, carved through James Peak opens.
24 - U.S. Customs official decides that Bird in Space and other abstract
works on display in New York City by modernist Romanian master sculptor Constantin
Brancusi are "not art" and are therefore subject to customs duties. A later ruling
reverses the decision.
26 - New distance record, 7,287 miles (11,723 km.), established for
radio telephone conversation, with successful communication between San Francisco and London.
- |Teapot Dome Scandel +|
After years of court wrangling, the U.S. Supreme Court declares oil contracts and leases
granted to Edward Doheny by Interior Secretary Albert Fall in
1921 as illegal and fraudulent.
01 - U.S. government oversight of radio ?+
begins. President Coolidge appoints first Federal Board of Radio Control.
02 - Publisher Walter Lippincott dies.
07 - U.S. Supreme Court declares unconstitutional Texas law barring
blacks from voting in the state's primary election.
19 - The Snyder-Gray ?+ murder saga begins
- |China ?+| American consulate in Nanking is
ransacked by Chinese troops.
29 - Major H.O.D. Segrave sets world land speed record (auto) at 203.79 mph in the Golden Arrow.
31 - Kang Youwei, chinese reformer, dies
[b.mar 19 1858].
Mae West 1927
07 - Television's first successful long-distance broadcast is publicly
07 - |Film ?+|
French film director Abel Gance's epic masterpiece
Napoleon premieres in both France and the U.S. The film was made and projected
in three contiguous film strips, making it the first significant widescreen film.
09 - Comedienne Mae West ?¢ is found guilty of obscenity by a
New York City court and sentenced to 10 days in jail for material and suggestive ad libs
in her popular Broadway show Sex. Charges were brought as the result of complaints
by The Society for the Suppression of Vice.
16 - The worst Mississippi River flooding
[s.1937] occurs, eventually covering
4.4 million acres and causing $300 million in damage.
00 - Boyish styles for women come into fashion in Paris
11 - Pioneer of cubism, the Spanish painter Juan Gris, dies.
13 - The German stock market collapses on "Black Friday."
20-21 - Charles Lindbergh, "Lucky Lindy," makes first one-person,
nonstop transatlantic airplane flight, from New York to Paris, in his "Spirit of St. Louis"
monoplane in a bit more than 33 hours and becomes national hero.
- |China ?+|
An 8.3 magnitude earthquake kills 200,000 in Nan-Shan
22 - The Iron Lung, to help polio victims breathe, is invented by
Philip Drinker and Louis Shaw.
01-02 - |BRISTOL, TENN.] R.C.A.
records The Carter Family. These sides, as well as ones made two days later with "The Singing Brakeman", ex-railroad worker Jimmie Rodgers, are the first country music records.
03 - Governor Fuller of Massachusetts refuses to grant clemency to
Sacco & Vanzetti +. On aug 19 their final appeal to the
state's Supreme Court is rejected.
12 - Paramount's aviation epic Wings, starring the "It" girl
Clara Bow, premieres. The film was a smashing success, earning $3.8 million, and later winning
the first Academy Award for best picture (then called the award for "Most Outstanding Production").
23 - After a seemingly endless string of appeals and special commissions,
Sacco and Vanzetti are finally executed in the electric chair at Massachusetts' Charlestown
Prison [cleared by proclamation in 1977]
despite the nov 18, 1925 confession to the crime by
Celestino Madeiros, who was also executed.
22 - Dempsey fails in rematch against Tunney for heavyweight crown
30 - Ruth hits 60 home runs in a season, breaking his own six-year-old
record of 59.
06 - Al Jolson stars in The Jazz Singer, first talking film.
27 - Fox Movietone News first sound news film in New York
22 - New York, Gershwin's Funny Face premiers
30 - Helen Hayes stars in Cowuette on Broadway
00 - Laurel and Hardy gain popularity
02 - Ford offers Model A, gets 50,000 orders
04 - Duke Ellington's band broadcasts from the Cotton Club