January 27

1880

Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent light.

1944

The Soviets announced the end of the two-year siege of Leningrad.

1945

The Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had killed over 1.5 million people, including over 1 million Jews.

1951

The U.S. Air Force started atomic testing in the Nevada desert.

1967

The Apollo I fire killed astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral.

1973

Vietnam War peace accords were signed in Paris.

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