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This Day In History: Sept. 27

This Day in History

1930: Bobby Jones wins the U.S. Amateur golf championship, his 4th major tournament win of the season, making him the first golfer to achieve a Season Grand Slam.
1954: The Tonight Show has its TV premiere, with Steve Allen as the host.
1998: St. Louis Cardinals baseball slugger Mark McGwire sets an all-time major league season home run record when he hits his 70th, far surpassing the 61 homers hit by Roger Maris in 1961.
2000: 200,000 opponents of Yugoslavian Pres. Slobodan Milosevic demonstrate in Belgrade to force the dictator's ouster after a first round of voting on Sept. 24 appears to give victory to his opponent, Vojislav Kostunica.
2001: Pres. George W. Bush asks for National Guard protection at the nation's airports in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and announces measures to strengthen cockpit doors and place armed plainclothes federal marshals on many flights.
2002: Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld asserts the U.S. has solid evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq and al-Qaeda.
2003: Defying Pres. George W. Bush, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin reaffirms his country's committment to helping the Iranians build a nuclear reactor.

Today's Birthdays

1389: Cosimo de Medici, ruler of Florence (Florence, Italy; died 1464)
1601: Louis XIII, king of France (Fontainebleau, France; died 1643)
1722: Samuel Adams, Revolutionary leader/patriot/statesman/politician (Boston, MA; died 1803)
1792: George Cruikshank, illustrator/caricaturist (London, England; died 1878)
1840: Thomas Nast, political cartoonist (Landau, Germany; died 1902)
1885: Harry Blackstone Sr., magician (Chicago, IL; died 1965)
1896: Sam Ervin Jr., NC senator and key figure in the Senate Watergate investigation (Morgantown, NC; died 1985)
1917: Louis Auchincloss, writer (Lawrence, NY)
1920: William Conrad, actor (Louisville, KY; died 1994). Jayne Meadows, actress (Wu Chang, China)
1922: Arthur Penn, director (Philadelphia, PA)
1929: Sada Thompson, actress (Des Moines, IA)
1934: Wilford Brimley, actor (Salt Lake City, UT)
1947: Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), singer/musician (Dallas, TX)
1949: Mike Schmidt, baseball player (Dayton, OH)
1959: Shaun Cassidy, singer/actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1984: Avril Lavigne, singer (Napanee, Canada)

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