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27th January

1756 * Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and infant prodigy was born in Salzburg, Austria.

1778 The valve flush toilet was patented by Joseph Bramh.

1832 * Lewis Carrol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author of Alice in Wonderland (1865).

1880 Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent light.

1924 * Sir Brian Rix, English actor who appeared mainly in farces.

1926 John Logie Baird demonstrated television to the Royal Institute in London.

1943 The USA made their first bombing raid on Germany.

1944 A successful Soviet offensive drove German troops from Leningrad which has been besieged since September 1941.

1945 The Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had killed over 1.5 million people, including over 1 million Jews.

1951 The U.S. Air Force started atomic testing in the Nevada desert.

1956 * Mimi Rogers, US film actress.

1967 The Apollo I fire killed astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral.

1969 Protestant leader Ian Paisley was jailed for three months.

1973 Vietnam War peace accords were signed in Paris.

1980 Rhodesia opposition leader Robert Mugabe made a triumphant return to his home country after five years in exile.

1989 In Brazil, three men were charged with stealing and melting down the World Cup.

1995 Manchester United's Eric Cantona was fined 20,000 and banned from playing football over his kung fu-style attack on a fan.

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