This day in history

Tuesday, Nov. 27, is the 332d day of 2012. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Author Gail Sheehy is 75. Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (‘‘The Hurt Locker”) is 61. TV host Bill Nye is 57. Caroline Kennedy is 55. Actress Robin Givens is 48. Rapper Twista is 40.


In 1839, the American Statistical Association was founded in Boston.

In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.

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In 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station officially opened.

In 1911, the stage comedy ‘‘The Playboy of the Western World’’ by J.M. Synge received a hostile reception in New York because of its portrayal of Irish characters.

In 1962, the first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton, Wash., plant.


In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned.

In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.

In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid’s Barajas airport.

In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board.

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