Top News Stories from 1927

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Ferdinand Buisson (France) and Ludwig Quidde (Germany)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Calvin Coolidge
Vice President: Charles G. Dawes
Population: 119,035,000
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  • 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
Unemployment: 3.3%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02


World Series
NY Yankees d. Pittsburgh (4-0)
Stanley Cup
Ottawa d. Boston
Women: 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)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes

Early Autumn, Louis Bromfield

Drama: In Abraham's Bosom, Paul Green
Nobel Prize for Literature: Henri Bergson (France)
Miss America: Lois Delaner (IL)
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  • 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
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