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Today In History

May 27th

1703 Czar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg as the new capital of Russia.
1930 Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for his adhesive tape, which was later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape.
1937 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was opened. An estimated 200,000 people crossed it the first day.
1941 The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck 400 miles west of the French port of Brest.
1968 The U.S. nuclear submarine Scorpion disappeared in the Atlantic with 99 men aboard.
1988 The U.S. Senate voted 98-5 in favor of the U.S.-Soviet treaty to abolish intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1990 Cesar Gaviria, 34, was elected president of Colombia after a campaign in which three candidates were killed. He vowed to make no deals with the cocaine cartels.
1992 Hours after a Russian-brokered cease-fire went into effect in Bosnia, Serb guerrillas launched a surprise mortar bombardment on Sarajevo, killing at least 20 people and injuring up to 160 more waiting in lines to buy bread.
1993 U.S. sailor Terry Helvey was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the October 1992 death of gay shipmate Allen Schindler in Sasebo, Japan.
1993 Five people were killed when a car bomb exploded near an art gallery in Florence, Italy. A few paintings by relatively minor artists were destroyed.
1996 A cease-fire was signed in the Russian republic of Chechnya.
1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the leaders of NATO nations signed an agreement clearing the way for NATO expansion to the east.
1999 Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and four other Serbian leaders were indicted on murder and other war crimes. Milosevic went on trial in 2002 for war crimes but he died in 2006 before the trial ended.
2004 A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld Oregon's law authorizing doctors to help their terminally ill patients commit suicide.
2005 A suicide bomb killed 19 people at a crowded Muslim shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, on the last day of a Shiite-Sunni religious festival.
2006 A major earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java, killing a reported 5,000 people and leaving an estimated 200,000 homeless.
2007 The bodies of 45 people were found in southern Baghdad, authorities reported. The deaths brought the total number killed in April sectarian violence in Baghdad to 631.
2008 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert became tangled in an investigation over alleged corruption earlier in his career. Olmert denied doing anything improper but fellow lawmakers began calling for his resignation.
2008 The U.S. Supreme Court approved two decisions protecting employees from retaliation when complaining about discrimination in the workplace.


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