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1756 Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.
1880 Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
1888 The National Geographic Society was incorporated in Washington, D.C.
1943 Some 50 bombers struck Wilhelmshaven in the first all-American air raid against Germany during World War II.
1944 During World War II, the Soviet Union announced the complete end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years.
1945 Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
1967 Astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft.
In The Star
Jan. 27, 1939, in The Star: The Anniston City Council last night passed an ordinance forbidding any business or individual to sell or buy carbonated beverage bottles. The council learned that it has been a practice among some merchants of the city to trade candy for empty bottles that children would bring to them. The merchants benefited by turning the bottles in to soft drink distributors and getting rebates. The council apparently passed the law to keep the playing field level for retailers who sell soft drinks but aren’t in a position to get rebates. Also this date: The Alabama House has voted overwhelmingly to renew the state’s two-cent sales tax, which was to have expired in October. Amendments were offered that would have exempted from the tax several basic commodities, but they were defeated. In other business, both chambers have sent on to the governor for his signature a bill that requires the Calhoun County agent and all extension offices to be located in Anniston.
Jan. 27, 1989, in The Star: Martin L. Platt, 39, founder and artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 17 years, announced his resignation to the ASF board of directors two days ago, citing his desire to move on to ''the cutting edge of the art form'' and a less-conservative audience. Reactions ranged from surprise to I-told-you-so. In presenting his resignation, Platt said he would finish the 1988-89 season. His resignation becomes effective July 16. He will direct three of the plays in the remaining season. “It's not so much being compromised [artistically],” Platt said, addressing speculation on why he’s leaving. “The real issue is, it seems to me, I was working in a diverging path with what seemed to be the institutional needs perceived by some of our board and some of our audience. The things happening in the theater today that are exciting are on the cutting edge. … Nobody has told me not to do these things. They're just things that can't be done. It seems foolish to run an institution where what's important to you is not possible.” Also this date: Anniston City Council members approved a $5,000-a-year pay raise for City Manager Tom Wright in an illegal secret vote and after saying last year the city could not afford to increase salaries for municipal workers. The raise was never disclosed to the public. Mayor Bill Robison, defending the private action, said no public decision was required since the manager's job and pay are based solely on council discretion. The council approved the 10 percent pay increase in an executive session following a public meeting Jan. 10. The raise, bringing Wright's annual salary to $55,000, will appear on Wright's paycheck today for the first time. Even though the action was a violation of state law, the pay increase will stand, according to past Supreme Court rulings.
Birthdays for January 27
Actor James Cromwell is 74. Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is 66. Political commentator Ed Schultz is 60. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 59. Country singer Cheryl White is 59. Country singer-musician Richard Young (The Kentucky Headhunters) is 59. Actress Mimi Rogers is 58. Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 57. Political commentator Keith Olbermann is 55. Actress Bridget Fonda is 50. Actor Alan Cumming is 49. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 46. Rock singer Mike Patton is 46. RActor-comedian Patton Oswalt is 45. Actor Josh Randall is 42. Country singer Kevin Denney is 38.
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