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27th September

1722 * Samuel Adams, American revolutionary.

1825 The Stockton and Darlington Railway ran its first train, with 32 passengers aboard.

1922 Constantine I, King of Greece abdicated following the Greek defeat by Turkey.

1938 The Queen Mother launched the 80,000 ton liner the Queen Elizabeth.

1939 Warsaw, Poland, was surrendered to the Nazis after weeks of resistance.

1940 Germany, Italy and Japan signed a pact forming the Axis.

1942 * Alvin Stardust (Bernard Jewry), English rock singer of the 1970's.

1948 * Michele Dotrice, English actress who starred in the TV series Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em.

1948 * Barbara Dickson, Scottish singer, songwriter and actress.

1959 Typhoon Vera battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people.

1962 Rebels in the Yemen assassinated Iman Ahmed and established a republic.

1964 The Warren Commission report concluded that there was no conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

1968 The American hippy musical "Hair" opened in London - one day after the abolition of theatre censorship.

1970 The king of Jordan and the leader of the PLO's Yasser Arafat agreed a ceasefire at a summit of Arab leaders in Cairo.

1987 The Europeans defeated the US golf team to retain the Ryder Cup on US soil.

1996 The capital of Afghanistan Kabul fell to Taleban militia after three days of fierce fighting.

1998 16 years under Kohl ended as Schroeder won the German elections.

2001 Friedrich Leibacher killed at least 14 people before turning the gun on himself in the regional parliament building in Zug Switzerland.

xxxx * = Date of birth

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