March 27 in Pop Culture History

March 27 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

March 27 History Highlights

  • 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reached the northern end of The Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida.
  • 1915 – Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever ID’d in the United States, was put in quarantine.
  • 1952Singin’ In The Rain debuted in theaters.
  • March 27, 2001 – Nintendo 3DS released, Video Game Console
  • If you were born on March 27th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 4th (prior year)

Typhoid Mary

Mary Mallon was born in 1869 in Ireland and emigrated to the US in 1884. She had worked in a variety of domestic positions for wealthy families prior to settling into her career as a cook. As a healthy carrier of Salmonella typhi, her nickname of “Typhoid Mary” had become synonymous with the spread of disease, as many as 53 people were infected, due to her continual denial of being ill. She was forced into quarantine on two separate occasions on North Brother Island for a total of 26 years and died alone, having evidently found consolation in her religion to which she gave her faith.

March 27 is…

National Joe Day
Spanish Paella Day

March 27 Birthday Quotes

“Coming from The Disney Channel, anything I do is going to offend someone, somewhere, somehow.”
– Brenda Song

“I’m a plethora of stolen jokes and kitschy references.”
– Nathan Fillion

“My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing.”
– Gloria Swanson

“Being perfect is boring. It’s the imperfections that make us perfect.”
– Jessie J

“I am not a special person. I am a regular person who does special things.”
– Sarah Vaughan

March 27 Birthdays

1863 – Henry Royce, English engineer, founded Rolls-Royce Limited (died in 1933)
1886 – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (died in 1969)
1899 – Gloria Swanson, American actress and producer (died in 1983)
1901 – Carl Barks, American illustrator (died in 2000)
1905 – Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff, German general (died in 1980)
1914 – Richard Denning, American actor (died in 1998)
1924 – Sarah Vaughan, American Jazz singer (died in 1990)
1929 – Anne Ramsey, American actress (died in 1988)
1942 – Michael York, English actor
1963 – Xuxa, Brazilian actress and singer
1969 – Pauley Perrette, American actress
1969 – Mariah Carey, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1971 – Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor
1975 – Fergie, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1988 – Jessie J, English singer-songwriter
1988 – Brenda Song, American actress
1988 – Holliday Grainger, English actress

March 27 History

1886 – Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrendered to the US Army.

1899 – Guglielmo Marconi’s radio transmitted across the English Channel from Boulogne, France, to Dover, England.

March 27, 1960 Birthday (fictional) James Potter, Harry Potter

1964 (Earthquake) ‘Good Friday Earthquake’ – the most powerful earthquake in US history at a magnitude of 9.2, struck Southcentral Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.

1965 – #1 Hit March 27, 1965 – April 9, 1965: The Supremes – Stop! In the Name of Love

1972 – Newspaper comic strip Funky Winkerbean debuted.

1973 – Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather went to the podium for Marlon Brando to decline his Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Godfather.

1975 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.

1977 – The Canary Islands Plane Disaster – Two 747s collided, killing 570 people.

1978 – Broadway Show – Dancin’ (Dance Musical) March 27, 1978

1980 – The North Sea Oil Rig Disaster: The Alexander L. Kielland Oil Rig capsized, killing 123 people.

1983 – The Thornbirds miniseries ran March 27-30 on ABC

1983 – Broadway Show – Brighton Beach Memoirs (Play) March 27, 1983

1984 – East End Show – Starlight Express (Musical) March 27, 1984

1998 – The FDA approved Viagra.

March 27, 2001 – Nintendo 3DS released, Video Game Console

2010 – #1 Hit March 27, 2010 – April 30, 2010: Rihanna – Rude Boy

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Beethoven composed the famous “Ninth Symphony” after he had gone totally deaf.

“getting the hang of it” comes from attaching the head of an axe to the shaft just right.

I feel like I spent a lot of time as a child being taught the difference between stalactites and stalagmites and zero time needing to know that information.

Half of infinity would be infinity.

“Stella! Hey, Stella!” – Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando) in A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951

Before alarm clocks, there were ‘knocker-ups’ in Britain and Ireland who went knocking door to door with a large stick.

Under UN protocol, the President of the United States is to be addressed as “His Excellency.”

In the 1850s, baseball had different rules in Massachusetts than it did in New York. Under the Massachusetts rules, you could throw the ball at a runner, and if you hit them, they were out.

A standard 3×3 Rubik’s Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible configurations.

Why do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bother wearing masks?

Michael Buffer the “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” guy had the phrase trademarked and as of 2009, it has generated $400 million dollars in revenue.

“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” – Arthur “Cody” Jarrett (James Cagney) in White Heat, 1949

Tom Cruise – Real Name: Tom Cruise Mapother

Over 15,000 forms of life have been found in the New York Subway system

Robot B9 – the official name for the robot on Lost In Space

The biggest film of 1938: Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Drama) earned ~ $4,000,000

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