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History, Happenings, Birthdays

Published Jan 27, 2013 at 04:00AM

It's Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2013. There are 338 days left in the year.

Birthdays

Singer Bobby “Blue” Bland is 83. Actor James Cromwell is 73. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 68. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 58. Country singer Cheryl White is 58. Actress Mimi Rogers is 57. Commentator Keith Olbermann is 54. Rock singer Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 52. Actress Bridget Fonda is 49. Actor Alan Cumming is 48. Rapper Tricky is 45. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt is 44. Tennis player Marat Safin is 33.

History

Highlight: In 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.

In 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.

In 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

In 1888, the National Geographic Society was incorporated in Washington, D.C.

In 1901, opera composer Giuseppe Verdi died in Milan, Italy, at age 87.

In 1943, some 50 bombers struck Wilhelmshaven in the first all-American air raid against Germany during World War II.

In 1944, the Soviet Union announced the complete end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years.

In 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

In 1951, an era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flat.

In 1967, astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft. More than 60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting of nuclear weapons.

In 1984, singer Michael Jackson suffered serious burns to his scalp when pyrotechnics set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi-Cola TV commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration dismissed Iraq's response to U.N. disarmament demands as inadequate. Meanwhile, chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix charged that Iraq had never genuinely accepted U.N. resolutions demanding its disarmament and warned that “cooperation on substance” was necessary for a peaceful solution.

Five years ago: Former Indonesian president Suharto, whose regime killed hundreds of thousands of left-wing political opponents, died in Jakarta at age 86. Gordon Hinckley, the 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 97.

One year ago: Addressing students at the University of Michigan, President Barack Obama issued a warning to the nation's colleges and universities, threatening to strip their federal aid if they “jack up tuition” every year and to give the money instead to schools showing restraint and value. A federal judge in Seattle sentenced “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts.

Happenings

Auschwitz anniversary — Holocaust survivors and dignitaries mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp in Poland.

Africa summit — Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi and other leaders travel to Ethiopia to participate in the African Union summit, where Mali and Iran are expected to be topics of priority.

— From wire reports