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On May 27 in
1861 Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal circuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President Abraham Lincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus (Lincoln disregarded the ruling).
1896 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
1929 Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow in Englewood, N.J.
1933 The Chicago World's Fair, celebrating "A Century of Progress," officially opened. Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was first released.
1937 The newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to pedestrians (vehicles began crossing the next day).
1941 The British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France, with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood.
1942 Navy Cook 3rd Class Doris "Dorie" Miller became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for his "extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety" during Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
1962 A dump fire in Centralia, Pa., ignited a blaze in underground coal deposits that continues to burn this day.
1985 In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification for an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997.
In The Star
May 27, 1938, in The Star: Anniston Mayor W. S. Coleman and the local Housing Authority were notified today that the Federal Housing Authority is allocating $540,000 to Anniston for a slum clearance and low-rent housing program. The Housing Authority will issue $60,000 in bonds to make it an even $600,000 available for better housing for the city’s poor. The authority has not selected any sites for the project, but has looked over several prospective ones. Also this date: “The Anniston police department has asked the cooperation of the parents of all boys in the city who have guns. Complaint after complaint has come to police headquarters of firearms and airguns being fired in the city, it was stated. Birds and squirrels have been killed, according to the reports given police. Members of the police force and members of the Sportsmen’s Club have noted the absence of squirrels formerly seen in large numbers in the trees on Quintard, Leighton, and Christine Avenues. The policemen will await the cooperation of parents and the boys, but if it is not forthcoming, they plan to make arrests, it was said.”
May 27, 1988, in The Star: It’s not just youngsters getting diplomas these days. Having successfully graduated from an Adult Basic Education course sponsored by Anniston City Schools, Katie Endfinger and Earnestine Gardner picked up Graduate Equivalency Diplomas at the Anniston public library in a ceremony last night. Both women are 72, both women got married as girls in high school — and thus didn’t complete their education — and both are still in their lifelong marriages to their husbands. And, it might also be noted, the couples went on to raise successful, productive families.
Birthdays for May 27
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk is 98. Actor Christopher Lee is 91. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 90. Author John Barth is 83. Actress Lee Meriwether is 78. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 78. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Raymond Sanders (The Persuasions) is 74. Country singer Don Williams is 74.Actor Richard Schiff is 58. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (The Creatures, Siouxsie and the Banshees) is 56. Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 55. Actress Peri Gilpin is 52. Actress Cathy Silvers is 52. Comedian Adam Carolla is 49. Actor Todd Bridges is 48. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 38. Alt-country singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson is 37. Actor Michael Steger is 33. Actor-singer Chris Colfer is 23. Actor Ethan Dampf is 19.
This is the Memorial Day observance.
Movie: Memorial Day, 7 p.m. on CW The masterful actor James Cromwell shares a role with his son John in this 2011 drama. James plays the older incarnation of a World War II soldier who never has discussed his military experience since actually serving — until he strikes a deal with his grandson (a part also split between two actors, Jonathan Bennett and Jackson Bond) to relate the stories behind three of his wartime mementos.
How I Met Your Mother, 7 p.m. on CBS: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) decides to take action when Robin (Cobie Smulders) wants to break up with Nick (Michael Trucco) but finds something holding her back.
River Monsters, 7 p.m. on Animal Planet: In a special two-hour Memorial Day episode that concludes Season 5, Jeremy Wade heads on a quest in search of one of the world's most legendary river monsters: the Loch Ness Monster. Along his journey, Wade goes from the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness to the volcanoes of Iceland and waters of Norway to track down this famous creature.
The Glades, 8 p.m. on A&E: The sun-drenched crime hit returns for Season 4 with a case involving the dead body of an heiress found in a haunted plantation house. To solve the mystery, Jim (Matt Passmore) must delve into a 150-year-old ghost story.
Movie: Ring of Fire, 8 p.m. on Lifetime: Behind the Man in Black there was, indeed, a very good woman. This heartfelt new biopic stars four-time Grammy nominee Jewel as June Carter Cash, recounting the steel magnolia's meteoric rise to country music fame with the Carter Family and her life before and during her tumultuous union with Johnny Cash.
Longmire, 9 p.m. on A&E Robert Taylor returns for a second season as laconic lawman Walt Longmire, who keeps the peace in the wild frontier of Wyoming's Absaroka County. In the season premiere, "Unquiet Mind," a prison transfer goes awry, leading Walt on an urgent pursuit of a serial killer and his fellow escapees. It all ends up in a hostage situation in the mountains as a storm approaches. Walt also has to contend with hallucinations brought on by hypothermia.
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