ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 27
1899 - Gloria Swanson, Chicago Illinois, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly) is born
1901 - Cartoonist and Disney legend, Carl Barks is born. He will draw Donald Duck comic books (starting in 1943) for 3 decades .
1912 - 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Wash DC
1924 - Harold Nicholas, US actor (Tap, 5 Heartbeats, Stormy Weather) is born
1924 - Sarah L Vaughan, Newark NJ, jazz scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody) is born
1927 - Anthony Lewis, columnist (NY Times)/author (Gideon's Trumpet) is born
1930 - 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
1931 - Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor
1933 - Japan leaves League of Nations
1933 - Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett
1939 - Judy Carne, comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop) is born
1940 - Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice
1940 - Austin Pendleton, Warren OH, actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again) is born
1940 - June Wilkinson, Eastbourne England, actress (Absolutely Glamarous) is born
1940 - Janis Martin, American singer (d. 2007) is born
1941 - Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
1942 - Michael York, England, actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers) is born
1943 - Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio
1944 - 1,000 Jews leave Drancy France for Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1944 - 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania
1945 - Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record "It's Only a Paper Moon"
1945 - Gen Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken
1945 - Iwo Jima occupied, after 22,000 Japanese & 6,000 US killed
1945 - US 20th Army corps captures Wiesbaden
1945 - World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
1946 - Carl Weintraub, actor (Harry-Executive Suite) is born
1946 - Jerry Lacy, actor (Rev Trask-Dark Shadows) is born
1951 - Frank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You"
1952 - Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
1955 - Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)
1958 - CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
1959 - Disneyland Records artist and Mouseketeer Annette Funicello sings "Tall Paul" and "Jo-Jo the Dog Faced Boy" on American Bandstand.
1963 - Quentin Tarantino, director/screenwriter (Pulp Fiction) is born
1966 - Anit Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
1967 - The Young Rascals record "Groovin'."
1970 - Ringo releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey"
1971 - Mariah Carey, NYC, singer (Love Takes Time, Hero) is born
1972 - Elvis Presley records "Burning Love."
1978 - Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 perfs
1979 - Supreme Court rules, 8-1, cops can't randomly stop cars
1980 - Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
1981 - John Lennon releases "Watching the Wheels" in UK
1983 - Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs," premieres in NYC
1984 - Andrew Lloyd Webber/Richard Stilgoe's "Starlight Express," premieres
1984 - Cyndi Lauper releases "Time After Time."
1985 - Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
1986 - Disney-MGM Studio Tour ground breaking
1986 - Sammy Hagar plays his first show as lead singer of Van Halen.
1987 - U2 film their video "Where the Streets Have No Name" on a rooftop in L.A.
1991 - New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky
1992 - Bruce Springsteen releases "Human Touch" & "Lucky Town"
1995 - 67th Academy Awards - "Forest Gump," Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win
1996 - "State Fair," opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
1997 - "Young Man From Atlanta," opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
2002 - Dudley Moore, British actor (b. 1935) dies
2002 - Billy Wilder, American director (b. 1906) dies
2002 - Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908) dies