■Today is Sunday, May 27, the 148th day of 2012. There are 218 days left in the year.
■Today’s birthdays: Actor Christopher Lee is 90. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 89. Author John Barth is 82. Actress Lee Meriwether is 77. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 76. Country singer Don Williams is 73. Actor Bruce Weitz is 69. Singer Cilla Black is 69. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 67. Singer-actress Dee Dee Bridgewater is 62. Actor Richard Schiff is 57. Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 54. Actress Peri Gilpin is 51. Actress Cathy Silvers is 51. Actor Todd Bridges is 47. Rock musician Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) is 46. Actor Dondre Whitfield is 43. Actor Paul Bettany is 41. Country singer Jace Everett is 40. Actor Jack McBrayer is 39. Rapper Andre 3000 (Outkast) is 37. Rapper Jadakiss is 37. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 37. Alt-country singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson is 36. Actor-singer Chris Colfer (TV: ‘‘Glee’’) is 22. Actor Ethan Dampf is 18.
■In 1861, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal circuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President Lincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. (Lincoln disregarded the ruling.)
■In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
■In 1929, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow in Englewood, N.J.
■In 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicular traffic began crossing the bridge the next day).
■In 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France, with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood.
■In 1942, Navy Cook 3d Class Doris “Dorie’’ Miller became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for his “extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety’’ during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. SS leader Reinhard Heydrich was seriously wounded in a bomb attack by Czech agents in Prague; he died eight days later. (The Nazis retaliated with mass executions.)
■In 1985, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.