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On This Day in History - 27th October


1728Captain James Cook, Discoverer of Hawaii, Australia & New Zealand
1782Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violinist
1858Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
1914Dylan Thomas, Welsh author and poet; 'Under Milkwood'
1915Harry Saltzman, Film producer of the 'James Bond' series
1939John Cleese, Actor, writer, comedian of 'Monty Python' fame
1954Chris Tavare, Cricketer and former England player
1957Glen Hoddle, English footballer
1958Simon Le Bon, of the Pop group 'Duran Duran'


1879The 'Liverpool Echo' was published for the first time
1936Wallis Simpson obtained a divorce, enabling her to marry Edward VIII, which eventually led to his abdication from the British throne
1958The first 'Blue Peter' TV childrens programme was transmitted by the BBC
1965An airliner crashed at Heathrow, killing 36 people
1972The first episode of the TV series 'Colditz' was transmitted
1987Gilbert McNamee was sentenced to 25 years in prison for being an IRA bombmaker