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Today in History - May 27

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - May 27

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Today in History - May 27

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Today in History for May 27:

On this date:

In 1534, Jacques Cartier explored Belle Isle on his second voyage to Canada.

In 1564, John Calvin, a leader of the Protestant Reformation, died in Geneva at age 54. He spent the last years of his life trying to turn the Swiss city into a theocratic society.

In 1647, the first recorded execution of a supposed witch took place in Massachusetts.

In 1790, the laziest man in history went to bed and stayed there for the next 70 years. Jeremiah Carlton of England was 19 and the heir to a large fortune when he climbed into bed, thinking he never needed to work again. He died at age 89.

In 1818, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, an American suffragette known for her pantaloons, was born. She founded and edited the "Lily," an early women's suffrage journal in the U.S. She used it to promote issues such as more sensible attire for women, including the bifurcated skirt, better known as bloomers.

In 1873, Prince Edward Island voted for union with Canada.

In 1912, Sam Snead, one of golf's all-time greats, was born in Hot Springs, Va. Snead was known for his straw hats and passion for the game. He won seven major championships and a record 81 PGA Tour events. He died May 23, 2002, at his Hot Springs home from complications following a stroke.

In 1917, Pope Benedict XV promulgated the Codex iuris canonici. Divided into five books and 2,414 regulations, the CIC was the first revision of canon law in the Roman Catholic church in modern times, and went into effect at Pentecost the following year.

In 1924, the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, meeting at Springfield, Md., repealed its ban on dancing and theatre attendance.

In 1936, the Cunard liner "Queen Mary" left England on its maiden voyage. It was withdrawn from service in 1967.

In 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge, spanning San Francisco Bay, was opened.

In 1938, the federal government nationalized the Bank of Canada only three years after it opened for business.

In 1941, the British sank the German battleship "Bismarck" off the coast of France, with a loss of 2,300 lives.

In 1949, the Liberals won the first general election held in Newfoundland as a province of Canada. Joey Smallwood -- known as the last Father of Confederation -- became premier and governed until January 1972. Smallwood remained in the legislature until retiring in 1977. He died in 1991.

In 1967, as a prelude to the Six-Day War the following month, Egypt demanded the immediate withdrawal of Canadian peacekeeping troops from the country. The Canadians were evacuated within 48 hours.

In 1968, Montreal was awarded a National League baseball franchise at a cost of $10 million. The Expos began play the following April. The franchise moved to Washington for the start of the 2005 season. …

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