June 1927

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June 23, 1927: GM follows Harley Earl recommendation, introduces color to automobiles
June 18, 1927: Spirit of St Louis airmail stamp issued
June 27, 1927: Prime Minister Tanaka plots expansion of the Japanese Empire
June 24, 1927: Fascist "Iron Guard" founded in Romania

The following events occurred in June 1927:

June 1, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Liquor sales began again in the province of Ontario for the first time since 1916. Visitors from the United States, where alcohol sales had been banned nationwide since 1920, were allowed to purchase up to two cases apiece of whiskey, wine and beer, no more often than once a month, and only if they were issued a non-citizen permit, which required three days stay in Canada.[1]
  • Radio frequencies assigned by the Federal Radio Commission, effective June 15, for 694 American radio stations.[2] All stations in the U.S. were required to begin broadcasting on their assigned AM radio frequency no later than 3:00 a.m. Eastern time on the 15th, or have their licenses taken.[3] Federal Radio Commission's new frequency allocations take effect at 3:00 am Eastern time
  • World lightweight boxing champion Sammy Mandell and challenger Steve Adams (real name Steven Adamczyk) met in an exhibition bout in Kansas City. In the second round, Adams jumped back from a blow and struck his head on the top rope of the ring, fell unconscious, and was counted out. Minutes later, he was pronounced dead.[4]
  • Died:

June 2, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

June 3, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

June 4, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

June 5, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Arthur Barry, the most successful gentleman thief in history, was arrested at the train station in Ronkonkoma, New York, bringing to an end a career in which he stole more than five million dollars worth of jewelry from the homes of wealthy victims.[13] Barry, who used the alias,[14] Arthur Gibson, escaped prison in 1929 and was recaptured in 1932, then released in 1949.[15]
  • Torino F.C. bribed opposing defender Luigi Allemandi of Juventus F.C. prior to a match, and was later stripped of its title for the 1926-27 season.[16]

June 6, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

  • Clarence D. Chamberlin and Charles A. Levine became the second persons to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean from North America, to Europe, landing the Columbia at Eisleben, in Germany, after a nonstop flight of 3,905 miles in 44 hours and 35 minutes. The duo had planned to reach Berlin but were forced to land 100 miles short of their goal by a damaged propeller.[17]
  • Article 58 of the Russian Penal Code was amended to expand the number of "anti-Soviet" crimes, including "aid to social groups that are under the influence of that part of the international bourgeoisie that does not recognize the equality of rights of the Communist system", making statements in favor of "weakening" Soviet power, or possessing subversive literature. Failure to report a counter-revolutionary crime could be punishable by up to ten years in prison.[18]

June 7, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly climbed up the 50 foot tall flagpole at the St. Francis Hotel in Newark, New Jersey at 10:00 am, set a stool on the sphere at the top, and announced that he would remain there for at least eight days. Kelly, who had trained by a 7-day stunt in St. Louis in January, told reporters that the point of the stunt was to prove to the American public that it "overdoes things- especially eating", and that he would be in better physical shape after he came down than when he went up.[19] Kelly remained at his perch for 12 days and 12 hours, coming down on June 19.[20]
  • Pyotr Voykov, Soviet ambassador to Poland, was assassinated at the railway station in Warsaw. He was shot by 19-year-old Boris Kowerda, an exiled Russian youth, in retaliation for having signed the death warrants in 1918 for Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Imperial Family.;[21]

June 8, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Canada sent a note of protest to U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg concerning a decision to require all Canadians, working in the U.S., to obtain immigrant visas by December 1. Thousands of Canadians had, for years, commuted to jobs in the United States every day, but border restrictions were made in response to the legalization of liquor sales in Canada, which were still prohibited in the U.S.[22]
  • American theatrical producer Earl Carroll began a prison sentence of one year and one day as inmate number 24,909 in the federal prison in Atlanta, after being convicted of perjury. Carroll had created a national scandal when he had thrown a party on Washington's Birthday in 1926, featuring a nude model in a bathtub of champagne, then lied about it.[23]
  • Born: Jerry Stiller, American comedian, in New York City

June 9, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

June 10, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

  • Printing of Nan Britton's controversial book, The President's Daughter, was halted by New York City police, following a complaint by the Society for the Suppression of Vice. The police were forced to release confiscated books and printing plates on June 29, and the book, in which Britton claimed that she and the late President Warren G. Harding had had an affair, was published in 1928.[26]

June 11, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Following a week-long voyage from France, the U.S.S. Memphis sailed up the Potomac River to return Charles Lindbergh and his plane to the United States, three weeks after his May 20 departure by airplane. "Lucky Lindy" received an enthusiastic welcome in Washington, D.C. and was honored by the President and Mrs. Coolidge, before setting off the next day by train to New York City.[27] He became the first person to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a medal which had been created on July 2, 1926.[28]

June 12, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The body of the last victim of American serial killer Earle Nelson was discovered in a rooming house in Winnipeg. Dubbed "The Gorilla Murderer" by the American press, Nelson killed at least 22 women in the U.S. over a period of a year and a half, then murdered a boardinghouse operator and a 14-year-old girl after coming to Canada. Arrested on June 15 in Manitoba, he was convicted of the murder of Emily Patterson, and hanged on January 13, 1928.[29]
  • The threat of war between Yugoslavia and Albania, with Italy taking Albania's side, was eased at a meeting in Geneva of the Council of Foreign Ministers at the League of Nations. Earlier in the month, Yugoslavia had severed diplomatic relations after the arrest of an embassy employee in Tirana.[30]
  • Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless radio and Italy's most celebrated living scientist, married the Countess Maria Christina Bezzi-Scali in Rome. The couple received full military honors and the ceremony was attended by dictator Benito Mussolini.[31]

June 13, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

  • A ticker-tape parade was held for aviator Charles Lindbergh down 5th Avenue in New York City. An estimated 4,500,000 people turned out to watch, and millions more heard the events described in a live radio broadcast.[32]

June 14, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

June 15, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • President Coolidge, his wife, and his top aides arrived in Rapid City, South Dakota, two days after leaving Washington, D.C., then traveled 32 miles to the 40 room state game lodge.[34] For nearly three months, the President took an extended summer vacation and governed from the state park in the Black Hills, before returning to the White House on September 11.[35]

June 16, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Charles Lindbergh collected the $25,000 Orteig Prize, as the first person to fly an airplane between New York City and Paris. Raymond Orteig handing him the award at the Hotel Brevoort. The same day, Lindbergh also became the first person to receive the American Distinguished Flying Cross on the same day (authorized July 2, 1926).[36]

June 17, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

  • American occupation troops began their withdrawal from Nicaragua, with a small contingent group of a contingent of U.S. Marines sailing from Corinto.[37]
  • Born: Wallace Wood, American comic artist, in Menahga, Minnesota (d. 1981)
  • Died: John R. Thompson, 62, founder of one of the first fast food restaurant chains in the United States. Thompson built on the concept of the cafeteria, catering to business people in large cities. At the time of his death, there were 120 Thompson's Restaurants in 42 states.[38]

June 18, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Marshal Chang Tso-Lin began a military dictatorship in northeast China, with Beijing as his capital, and vowed to purge the entire nation of Communists led by Mao Zedong and Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-shek.[39]
  • The first of 15 million U.S. air mail stamps, printed with a picture of the Spirit of St. Louis in honor of Lindbergh's flight to Paris, went on sale and were sought after by collectors. The 10¢ stamps went on sale in St. Louis, Detroit, Washington and Lindbergh's boyhood hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota.[40]
  • Born: Paul Eddington, British actor, in London (d. 1995)

June 19, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

June 20, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

  • The Geneva Naval Conference opened with representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan discussing further limitations on the building of warships, including a prohibition against submarines. The Conference was a failure, adjourning on August 24 with no agreement[44]
  • Aristide Briand, former Premier of France, visited the U.S. Embassy in Paris and presented his proposed treaty to outlaw war. The Kellogg–Briand Pact would be signed in 1928 by many of the world's superpowers.[45]

June 21, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • In an incident of antisemitism that shocked the United States, three Jewish physicians, interning at the Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, were grabbed from their beds, bound and gagged, dunked in ice cold water, and threatened with reprisals if they didn't quit the traditionally "Christian" institution. The perpetrators turned out to be other M.D.s, a group of 20 of the men's fellow interns.[46] The victims pressed charges, and six of the attackers were expelled.[47]
  • Born: Carl Stokes, first African-American Mayor of a major U.S. city politician, in Cleveland, where he was Mayor 1968-1971 (d. 1996)

June 22, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The South Dakota state legislature, meeting in special session, voted unanimously to rename Lookout Mountain, elevation 5,971 feet, in honor of the President, who had moved to the state for the summer. Mount Coolidge overlooks what is now Custer State Park.[48]

June 23, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

  • General Motors CEO Alfred P. Sloan changed automotive history by creating the "Art and Color Section" for the design of all GM automobiles, with Harley Earl to plan vehicles that would be visually appealing.[49]
  • A grand jury in Los Angeles issued an indictment of 55 persons associated with the Julian Petroleum Company, on charges of conspiracy to swindle investors of millions of dollars. Sales of worthless stock had been halted on May 6.[50]
  • The Cleanliness Institute, with a mission of increasing sales of personal care products through education and press releases, was founded in New York City by Sidney M. Colgate, president of the Association of American Soap and Glycerine Producers.[51] "The institute was short-lived," an observer noted 80 years later, "but helped give birth to the shelves of deodorants, soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, teeth-whiteners, douches and antibacterial lotions that fill our pharmacy shelves today."[52]
  • Born: Bob Fosse, American choreographer and director, winner of 8 Tony Awards; in Chicago (d. 1987)

June 24, 1927 (Friday)[edit]

June 25, 1927 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Léon Daudet, the jailed French monarchist leader and editor of L'Action française, strolled out of La Santé Prison after the warden was tricked by a phone call. Shortly after noon, prison governor Haute took the call and was told, "This is the Minister of the Interior speaking. You are to release Leon Daudet immediately... the President of the Republic has reprieved him." Haute called the Ministry for confirmation and was answered by another plotter, who claimed to be the Minister's secretary. Released also were L'Action francaise manager Joseph Delest, and French Communist Party leader Pierre Semard, who were all personally escorted out the front gate by Haute.[54] Daudet went into exile in Belgium until he was pardoned in 1929.[55]
  • The drama film The Way of All Flesh starring Emil Jannings premiered in New York City.
  • Died: Daniel D. Luckenbill, 46, Professor of Assyriology and author of the first volume of Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia, translated by him from cuneiform records.

June 26, 1927 (Sunday)[edit]

June 27, 1927 (Monday)[edit]

  • Led by Prime Minister Tanaka Giichi, the "Far Eastern Conference" was convened in Tokyo. Over a period of ten days, Japan's military and political leaders discussed long range strategy for the conquest of China,[58] and possibly the world. A report was made to the Emperor following the conference, and in 1929, the "Tanaka Memorial", purporting to be a leaked copy of the secret document, was published. The Tanaka Memorial, whose authenticity has been questioned, described plans for Japanese control of the Pacific Ocean, including conquest of the western United States, Australia and New Zealand.[59]
  • Born: Bob Keeshan, American children's television show host who portrayed "Captain Kangaroo" from 1955 to 1984; in Lynbrook, New York (d. 2004)

June 28, 1927 (Tuesday)[edit]

June 29, 1927 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • A total eclipse of the sun took place with the moon's shadow covering the United Kingdom shortly after sunrise. As a contemporary account noted, "This is the first total eclipse of the sun that has visited Great Britain since 1724 and it will be the last seen here until 1999".[61] The next eclipse would take place as predicted on August 11, 1999.[62]
  • Pilots Maitland and Hegneberger completed their trans-Pacific journey at 6:31 am local time, landing at what Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu.[63]
  • Filming of the MGM motion picture The Trail of '98 was marred by the deaths of stuntman Ray Thompson, and actors Joseph Bautin, F.H. Daughters. The three were filming a scene on the rapids of the Copper River in Alaska. On the same day, actress Ethel Hall was killed on the Merced River during the filming of the silent western Tumbling River, starring Tom Mix and Dorothy Dwan (for whom Miss Hall was standing in).[64]
  • In a major turning point in his spiritual and literary life, author T. S. Eliot was baptized into the Church of England.[65]
  • The city of Laguna Beach, California was incorporated.[66]

June 30, 1927 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Blood was drawn from a yellow fever sufferer in the West African colony of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), then used for research by Dr. Adrian Stokes and Dr. A.H. Mahaffy. The blood sample, given by a 28-year-old man named Asibi, led to the isolation and discovery of the virus that transmits the disease.[67]
  • Walter Heitler and Fritz London submitted their paper, "Wechselwirkung neutraler Atome und homöopolare Bindung nach der Quantenmechanik", for publication in Zeitschrift für Physik, and event described as "the birthday of quantum chemistry".[68]


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  2. ^ Frederic A. Leigh, Historical Dictionary of American Radio (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998) p420
  3. ^ "Radio Stations Get Ultimatum", Miami Daily News, June 14, 1927, p1
  4. ^ "Mandell Scores K.O.; Opponent Dies in Ring", Milwaukee Journal, June 2, 1927, p20
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  6. ^ "Theatre Systems Plan Huge Merger", New York Times, June 4, 1927
  7. ^ "2 Film Actors Crushed By Cars; 1 Dies" Deseret News (Salt Lake City), June 3, 1927 p1
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  9. ^ 'Lucky' Sails On Naval Ship", Pittsburgh Press, June 5, 1927, p1
  10. ^ "Averescu Cabinet Falls in Romania", New York Times, June 4, 1927, p1
  11. ^ "Battle Fleet Is Reviewed" Pittsburgh Press, June 5, 1927, p1
  12. ^ "Coolidge's Review of Fleet Arouses Navy's Ire, Report", Pittsburgh Press, June 8, 1927, p3
  13. ^ "$193,000 Gems to Be Regained, Police Believe", Miami Daily News, June 7, 1927, p1
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  17. ^ "CHAMBERLIN REACHES GERMANY", Pittsburgh Press, June 6, 1927, p1
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  22. ^ "Sudden Application of Rule Protested", Ottawa Evening Citizen, June 8, 1927, p1; "Canadians Protest Closing of Border-- Daily Commuters Across Line Not 'Immigrants', Reply to Kellogg", Milwaukee Journal, June 8, 1927, p13
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  62. ^ Mark Littmann, et al., Totality: Eclipses of the Sun (Oxford University Press US, 2008) p266
  63. ^ "ARMY FLYERS REACH HAWAII", Pittsburgh Press, June 29, 1927, p1
  64. ^ "4 Movie Stunt Actors Killed Making Scenes", Miami Daily News, June 30, 1927, p1
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