27 January It Happened Today


1756  Birth of Wolfgang  Amadeus Mozart.

1901  Death of the Italian composer Guisseppe Verdi.

1926  John Logie Baird unveils his “television machine” for the first time at the Royal Institution in London.

1943  The US Air Force bombs Germany for the first time.

1967  Three US astronauts are killed in a fire in their Apollo 1 command module on the launch pad.

1989  Death of Sir Thomas Sopwith, best known for the WWI aircraft Sopwith Camel.



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