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27th July

1921 At the University of Toronto, Canada, Sir Frederick Banting isolated insulin.

1929 * Jack Higgins, English author of The Eagle Has Landed (1975).

1940 Bugs Bunny made his debut in the cartoon 'A Wild Hare'.

1944 * Bobbie Gentry, US singer best known for her song 'Ode to Billy Joe' (1967).

1949 The de Havilland Comet, the world's first jet airliner made its maiden flight.

1953 The Korean armistice was signed in Panmunjom, ending 3 years of war.

1955 * Allan Border, former Australian cricket captain and prolific run scorer.

1955 Austria became independent once more.

1958 * Christopher Dean, English ice dance skater who partnered Jane Torvill.

1965 Shadow Chancellor Edward Heath became the new Tory party leader after beating off his rivals in the Conservative leadership contest.

1982 Mercenary leader Colonel 'Mad Mike' Hoare was found guilty of hijacking a plane to escape from a failed coup in the Seychelles.

1996 A bomb exploded in Atlanta, Georgia, the city hosting the 1996 Olympic Games leaving two people dead and many more injured.

2000 The Labour Government announced its plans for the most radical re-organisation of the NHS since it was founded in 1948.

2003 Lance Armstrong won his fifth straight Tour de France, tying Miguel Indurain's record.

2003 American icon and legendary comedian Bob Hope died just two months after celebrating his 100th birthday.

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