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March 27: This Day That Year

March 27

- 1668 - King Charles II granted Bombay to the East India Company for an annual rent of £10. In exchange, the king obtained a loan of £50,000 at 6% interest from the company.

- 1855 - Abraham Gesner patents kerosene.

- 1866 - USA: President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil rights bill (14th amendment).

- 1871 - 1st international rugby game: Scotland 1, England 0.

- 1890 - USA: Louisville, Kentucky, Tornado kills 76 and injures 200.

- 1912 - USA plants 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C.

- 1912 - Birthday: James Callaghan, British PM, born in Portsmouth, England (died March 26 2005).

- 1914 - 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels, Belgium).

- 1931 - France's distinguished Legion of Honor given to Charlie Chaplin.

- 1933 - Japan exits League of Nations.

- 1941 - Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years.

- 1963 - Birthday: Quentin Tarantino born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

- 1964 - USA: Alaska, Earthquake 9.2 magnitude causes tsunami, kills 139.

- 1971 - Mariah Carey, American singer born in NYC, New York.

- 1976 - Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens.

- 1993 - Jiang Zemin appointed President of the People's Republic of China.

- 1997 - Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray (his father's killer).

- 2016 - Pakistan: Suicide bomber killed 70+ people in a park in Lahore, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility.

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