May 27, 1941
THE BISMARCK IS SUNK
The German battleship Bismarck was sunk today by the British Navy in the North Atlantic.
After having sunk the British cruiser Hood, the Bismarck, leaking fuel, fled for Nazi occupied France.
The German ship was sighted & crippled by the RAF & then sent to the bottom of the ocean by 3 British warships.
“The fog was gone the seventh day and they saw the morning sun
Ten hours away from homeland the Bismarck made its run
The Admiral of the British fleet said turn those bows around
We found that German battleship and we’re gonna cut her down.”
“Sink the Bismarck” by Johnny Horton
The Bismarck Goes Down
May 27, 1937
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OPENS
The Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic today in San Francisco, California.
200,000 people came out to take a stroll across the beautiful orange colored suspension bridge.
The Golden Gate’s elegant design is the result of collaboration between engineers Joseph Strauss & Leon Moisseiff as well as architect Irving Morrow.
Construction began on January 5, 1933.
It is 4200 feet in length making it the longest bridge in the world.*
*On the following day, FDR pushed a button at the White House which signaled the start of vehicular traffic on the bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California
Photo by Rich Niewiroski, Jr. (2007)
May 27, 1963
BOB DYLAN RELEASES “FREE WHEELIN”
Singer/musician/song writer Bob Dylan released his 2nd album today.
Released on Columbia Records, Dylan’s new album is titled: “Free Wheelin”.*
*In the summer of 1963, Peter, Paul & Mary will turn the 1st cut from Dylan’s 2nd album, “Blowin in the Wind”, into an international hit. From that point forward, Bob Dylan became a household name.
*John Lennon said that when the Beatles 1st heard “Free Wheelin” in Paris, they couldn’t stop playing it.
Azkena Rock Festival
Photo by Alberto Cabello (2010)
May 27, 1972
SALT AGREEMENT SIGNED IN MOSCOW
Soviet President Leonoid Brezhnev & US President Richard Nixon signed the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks Treaty today in Moscow.
Brezhnev & Nixon Toast (1972)
Photo from http://www.mbc.edu
The SALT Treaty limits the number of anti-ballistic missile sites each country may have to 2. It also freezes the number of intercontinental ballistic missiles each country may have.
May 27, 1831
MOUNTAINMAN JEDEDIAH SMITH KILLED
Trapper/explorer/mountainman Jedediah Smith was killed today while riding alone on the Santa Fe Trail by a party of Commanches.
It is reported Smith was weakened by shortage of water but still managed to kill one of the Commanches.