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Wednesday 27 September 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast days: - Thomas Traherne (Episcopal Church (United States))
  • National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (United States)

Events

  • 2008 – CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
  • 1979 – The United States Department of Education receives final approval from the U.S. Congress to become the 13th US Cabinet agency.
  • 1956 – USAF Captain Milburn G. Apt becomes the first man to exceed Mach 3 while flying the Bell X-2. Shortly thereafter, the craft goes out of control and Captain Apt is killed.
  • 1949 – The first Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference approves the design of the Flag of the People's Republic of China.
  • 1942 – Last day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps troops barely escape after being surrounded by Japanese forces near the Matanikau River.
  • 1941 – The SS Patrick Henry is launched becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.
  • 1928 – The Republic of China is recognized by the United States.
  • 1908 – The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1903 – The Wreck of the Old 97, an American rail disaster that became the subject of a popular ballad.
  • 1854 – The steamship SS Arctic sinks with 300 people on board. This marks the first great disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1825 – The world's first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, is ceremonially opened.
  • 1779 – The Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: Lancaster, Pennsylvania becomes the capital of the United States, for one day after the Second Continental Congress evacuates Philadelphia to avoid invading British forces.

Births

  • 1993 – Monica Puig, Puerto Rican-American tennis player
  • 1993 – Vinnie Sunseri, American football player
  • 1987 – Austin Carlile, American singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Matt Shoemaker American baseball player
  • 1986 – Vin Mazzaro, American baseball player
  • 1984 – John Lannan, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Darrent Williams, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1982 – Jon McLaughlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1982 – Lil Wayne, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1981 – Sophie Crumb, American author and illustrator
  • 1980 – Ehron VonAllen, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1979 – Jon Garland, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Brad Arnold, American rock singer-songwriter (3 Doors Down)
  • 1978 – Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Jason Phillips, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Matt Harding, American video game designer and dancer
  • 1974 – Carrie Brownstein, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1972 – Craig L. Rice, American politician
  • 1972 – Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress, blogger, and businesswoman
  • 1972 – Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1966 – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, American politician
  • 1966 – Don Jamieson, American comedian and television host
  • 1966 – Stephanie Wilson, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1965 – Alexis Stewart, American radio and television host
  • 1965 – Steve Kerr, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Stephan Jenkins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1964 – Tracy Camp, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1963 – Marc Maron, American comedian, actor, and radio host
  • 1960 – Jean-Marc Barr, German-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Beth Heiden, American speed skater and cyclist
  • 1958 – Shaun Cassidy, American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Peter Sellars, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – Larry Wall, American computer programmer and author
  • 1951 – David Starobin, American guitarist, producer, and director
  • 1951 – Jim Shooter, American author and illustrator
  • 1950 – Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japanese-American actor and martial artist
  • 1949 – Mike Schmidt, American baseball player and coach
  • 1947 – Meat Loaf, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1946 – T. C. Cannon, American painter and sculptor (d. 1978)
  • 1945 – Jack Goldstein, Canadian-American painter (d. 2003)
  • 1944 – Gary Sutherland, American baseball player and scout
  • 1941 – Don Nix, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1939 – Carol Lynn Pearson, American author, poet, and playwright
  • 1939 – Kathy Whitworth, American golfer
  • 1936 – Don Cornelius, American television host and producer (Soul Train) (d. 2012)
  • 1934 – Claude Jarman, Jr., American actor and producer
  • 1934 – Dick Schaap, American sportscaster and author (d. 2001)
  • 1934 – Wilford Brimley, American actor
  • 1933 – Greg Morris, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1933 – Paul Goble, English-American author and illustrator (d. 2017)
  • 1932 – Marcia Neugebauer, American geophysicist
  • 1932 – Oliver E. Williamson, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1930 – Paul Reichmann, Austrian-Canadian businessman, founded Olympia and York (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Calvin Jones, American pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Red Rodney, American trumpet player (d. 1994)
  • 1927 – Sada Thompson, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1925 – George Gladir, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Bud Powell, American pianist and composer (d. 1966)
  • 1924 – Ernest Becker, American-Canadian anthropologist, author, and academic (d. 1974)
  • 1924 – Fred Singer, Austrian-American physicist and academic
  • 1922 – Arthur Penn, American director and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1922 – Sammy Benskin, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1992)
  • 1921 – Bernard Waber, American author and illustrator (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Milton Subotsky, American screenwriter and producer, co-founded Amicus Productions (d. 1991)
  • 1920 – William Conrad, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1994)
  • 1919 – Charles H. Percy, American lieutenant and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1919 – James H. Wilkinson, American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1986)
  • 1919 – Jayne Meadows, Chinese-American actress and author (d. 2015)
  • 1917 – Benjamin Rubin, American microbiologist (d. 2010)
  • 1917 – Carl Ballantine, American magician and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Louis Auchincloss, American novelist and essayist (d. 2010)
  • 1917 – William T. Orr, American actor and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Albert Ellis, American psychologist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1911 – Marcey Jacobson, American-Mexican photographer (d. 2009)
  • 1906 – Jim Thompson, American author and screenwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1898 – Vincent Youmans, American composer and producer (d. 1946)
  • 1896 – Sam Ervin, American soldier and politician (d. 1985)
  • 1885 – Harry Blackstone, Sr., American magician (d. 1965)
  • 1879 – Frederick Schule, American hurdler and coach (d. 1962)
  • 1861 – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, American poet and author (d. 1933)
  • 1840 – Alfred Thayer Mahan, American captain and historian (d. 1914)
  • 1840 – Thomas Nast, German-American cartoonist (d. 1902)
  • 1838 – Lawrence Sullivan Ross, American general and politician, 19th Governor of Texas (d. 1898)
  • 1830 – William Babcock Hazen, American general (d. 1887)
  • 1824 – William "Bull" Nelson, American general (d. 1862)
  • 1805 – George Müller, German-English evangelist and missionary, founded the Ashley Down Orphanage (d. 1898)
  • 1803 – Samuel Francis Du Pont, American admiral (d. 1865)
  • 1783 – Agustín de Iturbide, Mexican royalist turned insurgent; first emperor of Mexico (d. 1824)
  • 1722 – Samuel Adams, American philosopher and politician, 4th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1803)
  • 1643 – Solomon Stoddard, American pastor and librarian (d. 1729)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founder of Playboy Enterprises (b. 1926)
  • 2016 – David Hahn, American Boy Scout famous for attempting to build a nuclear reactor in a shed in his backyard (b. 1976)
  • 2015 – Denise Lor, American singer and actress (b. 1929)
  • 2015 – Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bass player (b. 1940)
  • 2014 – Eugie Foster, American journalist and author (b. 1971)
  • 2014 – Gaby Aghion, French fashion designer, founded Chloé (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – James Traficant, American lawyer and politician (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Taylor Hardwick, American architect and educator, designed Haydon Burns Library and Friendship Fountain Park (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – A. C. Lyles, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Elvin R. Heiberg III, American general and engineer (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Gates Brown, American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)
  • 2013 – Oscar Castro-Neves, Brazilian-American guitarist, composer, and conductor (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Eddie Bert, American trombonist (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Frank Wilson, American songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – John Silber, American academic and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2011 – Johnny "Country" Mathis, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2010 – George Blanda, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Charles Houston, American physician and mountaineer (b. 1913)
  • 2009 – William Safire, American author and journalist (b. 1929)
  • 2008 – Henri Pachard, American director and producer (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – Dale Houston, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2005 – Mary Lee Settle, American novelist, essayist, and memoirist (b. 1918)
  • 2004 – John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2003 – Donald O'Connor, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1925)
  • 1998 – Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 1997 – Walter Trampler, American viola player and educator (b. 1915)
  • 1993 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1896)
  • 1986 – Cliff Burton, American bass player and songwriter (b. 1962)
  • 1985 – Lloyd Nolan, American actor (b. 1902)
  • 1981 – Robert Montgomery, American actor, singer, director, and producer (b. 1904)
  • 1965 – Clara Bow, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1965 – William Stanier, English engineer, co-designed the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (b. 1876)
  • 1960 – Hilda Doolittle. American poet, novelist, and memoirist (b. 1886)
  • 1956 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American basketball player and golfer (b. 1911)
  • 1944 – Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist, founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (b. 1890)
  • 1942 – Douglas Albert Munro, United States Coast Guard signalman, posthumously awarded Medal of Honor, (b. 1919)
  • 1886 – Charles Gordon Greene, American journalist and politician (b. 1804)
  • 1876 – Braxton Bragg, American general (b. 1817)
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