Top News Stories from 1927
Population: 4.378 billionpopulation by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Ferdinand Buisson (France) and Ludwig Quidde (Germany)More World Statistics...
- The German economy collapses.
- Socialists riot in Vienna; a general strike follows acquittal of Nazis for political murder.
- Trotsky is expelled from the Russian Communist Party.
- Charles Lindbergh makes the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight.
President: Calvin Coolidge
Vice President: Charles G. Dawes
Population: 119,035,000More U.S. Statistics...
- 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.
Federal spending: $2.86 billion
Consumer Price Index: $17.4
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02
World SeriesNY Yankees d. Pittsburgh (4-0)
Stanley CupOttawa d. Boston
WimbledonWomen: 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 ChampionWhiskery
NCAA Football ChampionsYale (CFRA) (7-1-0) & Illinois (NCF, HF, DS) (7-0-1)
Entertainment AwardsPulitzer Prizes
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 paralyticaMore Nobel Prizes in 1998...
- Physicist Werner Heisenberg introduces his famous uncertainty principle at age 26.
- Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrates the first all-electronic television.
- Fossil remains of "Peking man" (likely about 350,000 to 400,000 years old) are discovered by Davidson Black.
- Belgian astrophysicist Georges Lemaitre proposes the big bang theory.