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THE BISMARCK IS SUNK

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.



                       Bob Dylan
            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.





     From http://www.sandiegohistory.org









BOB DYLAN PERFORMS AT FOLK CITY

April 11, 1961


BOB DYLAN PERFORMS AT FOLK CITY


Folk singer & instrumentalist Bob Dylan gave his 1st major performance today at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village, New York City.


Dylan, who sings & plays keyboards & harmonica, opened for the blues artist John Lee Hooker.


Gerde’s is the most sought after venue for aspiring folk artists in the city.*


*My favorite Bob Dylan songs became associated with both the civil rights movement & the Vietnam War protest:  Blowin’ in the Wind (1963) & The Times They Are A-Changin (1964).


“Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'”



From The Times They Are A-Changin
by Bob Dylan (1964)



         Joan Baez & Bob Dylan, 1963


April 11, 1962


JFK CALLS STEEL HIKE “IRRESPONSIBLE”


In an opening address at his afternoon news conference today, President Kennedy lambasted steel executives on their recent price hike.  JFK called it a “wholly unjustifiable and irresponsible defiance of the public interest.”


JFK went on to tell reporters that the “inflationary” price rise by steel companies will result in higher costs on many consumer products & will make it more difficult to sell American products overseas.


The President concluded his statement with these words:


“The American people will find it hard, as I do, to accept a situation in which a tiny handful of steel executives…can show such utter contempt for the interests of 185 million Americans.”*





*Pressure from JFK finally forced US Steel & other major American steel companies to rescind their price hike.


April 11, 1970


APOLLO 13 LIFTS OFF FOR THE MOON


The 3rd lunar landing mission began today with the successful lift off of Apollo 13 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Apollo 13 astronauts are Jim Lovell, John Swigert & Fred Haise.


Apollo’s 13 lunar lander will put down in the Fra Mauro highlands on the moon where two of the astronauts will explore the Imbrium Basin & conduct geological experiments.*


*Unfortunately the Apollo 13 mission will have to be aborted after the rupture of the service module’s oxygen tank 200,000 miles out.  The crew will transfer to the lunar lander, make a pass around the moon, & limp back to earth with a shortage of food & water & to make matters even worse, no heat.



Last words from Houston before the oxygen tank ruptured


April 11, 1951


TRUMAN FIRES MACARTHUR


President Harry S Truman has fired General Douglas MacArthur from his command of UN forces in Korea.


Truman’s decision comes after a long dispute between the Commander-in-Chief & his top general in the Korean conflict.


The dispute reportedly began when MacArthur personally told Truman in a meeting in October 1950 that the probability of the Communist Chinese entering the war was “slim”.  Then, later in the year, after Chinese troops crossed the Yalu River into Korea, MacArthur asked Truman for permission to bomb China.


General Omar Bradley disagreed with MacArthur’s advice by saying:


“This is the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, & with the wrong enemy”.


President Truman said:


“I believe we must try to limit the war in Korea….so there will be no doubt or confusion as to the real purpose & aim of our policy.”



                 MacArthur & Truman


April 11, 1814


NAPOLEON IS SENT INTO EXILE


Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France, has abdicated the throne today.


By the Treaty of Fontainebleau, Napoleon is to go into exile on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.


In 1812, Napoleon had launched an invasion of Russia which ended with his retreat from Moscow & most of Europe uniting against him.*


*In 1815, Napoleon escaped Elba, returned to Paris & reclaimed his throne.  Shortly thereafter he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, forced to abdicate once again, & again was sent into exile.



        Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow











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