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On This Day in History - 27th March


1845Wilhelm von Rontgen, German discoverer of X-Rays
1863Sir Henry Royce, The motor car designer of Rolls Royce fame
1897Gloria Swanson, American stage and film actress
1912Lord James Callaghan, Labour politician & former Prime minister
1919Lord Amery, Conservative politician
1927Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor
1942Michael York, British born film actor
1950Tony Banks, Of the Pop group 'Genisis'


1625King James I of Great Britain died
1794The United States Navy was founded
1807The asteroid Vesta was discovered
1871In the first ever international rugby match, Scotland beat England at Edinburgh
1914The first successful blood transfusion was performed
1923The inventor of the vacuum flask, Sir James Dewar, died in London
1931Arnold Bennett, the English novelist, died of Typhoid
1948Nikita Krushchev became the new leader of the Soviet Union
1968The first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, was killed in a plane crash