News and Events of 1927
- Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are electrocuted at Dedham (Mass.) Prison despite worldwide protesting over weak evidence (Aug. 23).
- The Holland Tunnel opens (Nov. 13) to connect Manhattan and Jersey City, N.J., giving cars a route under the Hudson River and an alternative to ferry boats.
$2.86 billionConsumer Price Index:
3.3%Cost of a first-class stamp:
NY Yankees d. Pittsburgh (4-0)
Ottawa d. Boston (2-0)
Helen Wills d. L. de Alvarez (6-2 6-4)Men:
Henri Cochet d. J. Borotra (4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-5)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Football Champions
Yale (CFRA) (7-1-0) & Illinois (NCF, HF, DS) (7-0-1)
Fiction: Early Autumn, Louis Bromfield
Drama: In Abraham's Bosom, Paul Green
Nobel Prize for Literature: Henri Bergson (France)
Miss America: Lois Delaner (IL)More Entertainment Awards...
- Popular vaudevillian Al Jolson astounds audiences with his nightclub act in The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length talkie.
- The Broadway musical links with opera in Jerome Kern's revolutionary Show Boat.
- Dancer Isadora Duncan dies when her scarf gets caught in the wheel of a moving car.
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: In 1928, the 1927 prize was awarded to Heinrich Wieland (Germany), for investigations of bile acids and kindred substances
Physics: Arthur H. Compton (US), for discovery of Compton phenomenon; and Charles T. R. Wilson (UK), for method of perceiving paths taken by electrically charged particles
Physiology or Medicine: Julius Wagner-Jauregg (Austria), for use of malaria inoculation in treatment of dementia paralytica