Today is Saturday, May 27, the 147th day of 2023. There are 218 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act, a key component of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” legislative program.
ON THIS DATE: In 1861, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal circuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President Abraham Lincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus (Lincoln disregarded the ruling).
In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois.
In 1936, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage to New York.
In 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicles began crossing the next day).
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In 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood with the loss of more than 1,400 lives. Amid rising world tensions, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency” during a radio address from the White House.
In 1942, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a cook aboard the USS West Virginia, became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for displaying “extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety” during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
In 1957, the single “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly’s group The Crickets was released by Brunswick Records.
In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. O’Brien, upheld the conviction of David O’Brien for destroying his draft card outside a Boston courthouse, ruling that the act was not protected by freedom of speech.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 100. Author John Barth is 93. Actor Lee Meriwether is 88. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 87. Actor Bruce Weitz is 80. Former Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) is 79. Singer Bruce Cockburn (KOH’-burn) is 78. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is 76. Singer-actor Dee Dee Bridgewater is 73. Actor Richard Schiff is 68. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (The Creatures, Siouxsie and the Banshees) is 66. Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 65. Actor Peri Gilpin is 62. Actor Cathy Silvers is 62. Comedian Adam Carolla is 59. Actor Todd Bridges is 58. Rock musician Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) is 57. Actor Dondré Whitfield is 54. Actor Paul Bettany is 52. Rock singer-musician Brian Desveaux (Nine Days) is 52. Country singer Jace Everett is 51. Actor Jack McBrayer is 50. Rapper Andre 3000 (Outkast) is 48. Rapper Jadakiss is 48. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 48. Alt-country singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson is 47. Actor Ben Feldman is 43. Actor Michael Steger is 43. Actor Darin Brooks is 39. Actor-singer Chris Colfer is 33. Actor Ethan Dampf is 29. Actor Desiree Ross (TV: “Greenleaf”) is 24. U.S. Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Jade Carey is 23.
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