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27th May

1647 The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.

1703 St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.

1837 * James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickock, US frontiersman and sharpshooter.

1900 Belgium became the first country to elect a government by proportional representation.

1911 * Vincent Price, US actor of many horror movies.

1922 * Christopher Lee, English actor who starred in many horror movies.

1936 The Queen Mary liner sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

1937 The 4200ft Golden Gate Suspension Bridge in San Francisco opened.

1941 The German battleship The Bismark was sunk by aircraft from HMS Ark Royal.

1943 * Cilla Black (Priscilla White), singer and presenter of TV programmes.

1955 The Conservatives won the general election with a clear majority, ending a five-year political stalemate.

1963 Jomo Kenyatta is to become prime minister after his party, Kenya African Nation Union, won the country's first general election.

1964 Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India and its current prime minister, dies suddenly at the age of 74.

1980 The jury at the inquest of Blair Peach, the London teacher who died in a demonstration last year, returned a verdict of misadventure.

1994: Dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn flew back to his native Russia after 20 years living in exile.

1994 Nobel-prize winning dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile.

1996 After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.

1999 Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

2000 Scottish farmers who accidentally planted genetically modified seeds say they will fight for compensation. The product came from Canada and about 500 farmers across the UK are thought to have used it.

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