October 27 in Pop Culture History

October 27th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 27th History Highlights

  • 1682 – The City of Philadelphia was founded in Pennsylvania.
  • 1787 – The First Federalist Papers were published in New York City.
  • 1954 – The “Walt Disney” program premiered on ABC. It was later called “Disneyland“, then “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color“.
  • 2004 – The Boston Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series in 86 years.
  • If you were born on October 27th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 3rd (same year)

New York’s Subway System Opened in 1904

On the night of October 27, passengers were able to buy a souvenir booklet for 10 cents, which describes the history of the New York subway. The subway opened to the public at 7 p.m. that night, and 110,000 people tried out the new system in the morning, 150,000 by the end of the week.

Before the city built most of the subway lines, they were leased by private companies. At the time of the subway’s first opening, the lines were owned by two private companies, including the New York City Transit Company (NYCT) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). It was not until the 1940s that the cities bought two private transit companies and built connections between the lines

Today, the New York subway also has the advantage of being the most used system in the world, operating 24 hours a day and all year round. The subway and its subway lines are now a symbol of the city, and they also have a reputation as one of America’s most popular and used public transportation systems.

October 27th is…

American Beer Day
Cranky Co-Workers Day
Navy Day
Potato Day

October 27th Birthday Quotes

“Life always offers you a second chance. is called tomorrow.”
– Dylan Thomas

“Political correctness is a bit like a granny, a maiden aunt arriving at a party when everyone’s having a good time. And she comes in, they all start sort of buttoning up and becoming self-conscious and behaving properly and then when she leaves, you can have fun again.”
– John Cleese

“There must be something about art… almost all cultures have done art. It’s a refining of the senses, which are there to keep us alive. As far as we know, no other animals do that.
– Roy Lichtenstein

“I took more hell for being fat than I did for being an absolute raging drug addict. I will never understand that.”
– Kelly Osbourne

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
– Fran Lebowitz

“Music, as many people have said, is the universal language. Of course, points are made which make you think about things, but ultimately it makes you feel. And that’s why people remember more songs that have meant something during their life than films. They start to define periods in your life, and that’s kind of the beauty of it.”
– Scott Weiland

“At their core, when things really matter, people see a need to turn to God for strength and protection.”
– Lee Greenwood

October 27th Birthdays

1782 – Nicolo Paganini, Italian violin virtuoso (died in 1840)
1811 – Isaac Singer, American actor, and businessman, founded the Singer Corporation (died in 1875)
1858 – Theodore Roosevelt, American politician, 26th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1919)
1914 – Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet, and playwright (died in 1953)
1920 – Nanette Fabray, American actress, and singer (died in 2018)
1922 – Ruby Dee, American actress (died in 2014)
1923 – Roy Lichtenstein, American painter, and sculptor (died in 1997)
1939 – John Cleese, English comedic actor, Monty Python
1940 – John Gotti, American mob boss (died in 2002)
1942 – Lee Greenwood, American singer-songwriter
1950 – Fran Lebowitz, American author
1951 – Jayne Kennedy, American model, actress, and sportscaster
1958 – Simon Le Bon, English singer-songwriter, Duran Duran
1967 – Scott Weiland, American singer-songwriter (died in 2015)
1984 – Kelly Osbourne, English television personality

October 27th History

312 – Constantine the Great saw the Vision of the Cross. “In this sign, you shall conquer”

1275 – Amsterdam, in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was founded.

1904 – The first underground New York City Subway line opened.

1955 – Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean was released. It premiered the night before, at the Astor Theater in New York.

1961NASA tested the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.

1964 – Ronald Reagan delivered his “A Time for Choosing” speech on behalf of Republican presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater.

1966It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired for the first time (on CBS)

1973 – #1 Hit October 27, 1973 – November 9, 1973: Gladys Knight & the Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia

October 27, 1980 Birthday (fictional) Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Cinematic Universe

1990 – #1 Hit October 27, 1990 – November 2, 1990: Janet Jackson – Black Cat

1996Pop-Up Video premiered on VH1.

1997 – Stock markets around the world crashed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 554.26 points (7.18%) to 7,161.15.

October 27, 2006 (fiction) The South Harmon Institute of Technology was granted a one year probation term to stay in business, Accepted, Film

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Perrier water is naturally carbonated, but CO2 taken out during purification, and then added back in artificially for bottling.

Is it even possible that a cab company would offer a ride from Philadelphia to Bel-Air?

Roulette Odds: Three number combination: Payoff: 11:1 True Odds: 7.89%

England, Wales, and Scotland are part of Great Britain; Great Britain and Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom; the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, and the eight Channel Islands make up the British Islands; and the British Islands plus the Republic of Ireland make up the British Isles.

The Capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa

“I’m the King of the World!” – Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Titanic, 1997

“A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’m afraid of widths.” – Steven Wright

The theme for Star Wars: Episode IV was composed in the same key as the Fox theme. John Williams did this to create continuity between the two fanfares.

A day on Mars is ~40 minutes longer than on earth. Maybe my sleep schedule is from Mars.

Wilt Chamberlain reportedly had sex with as many as 20,000 women but had no documented children.

Mary Catherine Collins is better known as Bo Derek.

Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and Bill Gates had all, at least once during their lives, been the richest man in the world. They shared one thing in common – a father named William.

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