Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 27

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 27

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1756 Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.

1917 The Grand Opera House was destroyed by fire, along with other Fifth Avenue buildings, including the Frank & Seder Store.

1967 Astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft.

2011 Tens of thousands of Yemenis demanded their president step down; taking inspiration from Tunisians' revolt, they vowed to continue until their U.S.-backed government fell.

Some items are from Stefan Lorant's "Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City" (digital.library.pitt.edu/chronology).

- Compiled by Rick Nowlin

Today's birthdays: Actor James Cromwell, 76. Actor John Witherspoon, 74. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nedra Talley (The Ronettes), 70. Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov, 68. Political commentator Ed Schultz, 62. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, 61. …

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