August 27, 1858 ... The first cabled news dispatch was sent and published by "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
August 27, 1859 ... Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, PA.
August 27, 1883 ... The island volcano Krakatoa erupted and the resulting tidal waves claimed about 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
August 27, 1889 ... Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet.
August 27, 1908 ... Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States was born near Stonewall, TX.
August 27, 1912 ... Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" was published for the first time.
August 27, 1921 ... the owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI.
J. E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.
August 27, 1937 ... Captain George E.T. Eyston breaks his own automobile land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, raising the mark to 345.49 mph.
August 27,1945 ... American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
August 27, 1953 ... "Roman Holiday" opens, featuring Audrey Hepburn in her first starring role.
August 27, 1984 ... President Ronal Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the "Challenger" disaster on January 28, 1986.
August 27, 1986 ... Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.
August 27, 1990 ... Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash enroute to Chicago. Vaughan was born in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas on October 3, 1954.
Today's Quote ...
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks."