March 27


Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy.


President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill which later became the 14th amendment.


The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York.


The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.


Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier and first secretary of the Communist Party.


A 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit 80 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, killing 117 and producing a 50-foot tsunami that traveled over 8,000 miles.


Pan American and KLM Boeing 747s collided on a runway in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The 542 people killed is the highest ever for an aviation disaster.


A federal judge ruled that the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy was invalid, a ruling that later would be reversed in an appeal.

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