Today in History
Today is Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2013. There are 338 days left in the year.
On Jan. 27, 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
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In 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
In 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
In 1951, atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flat.
In 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft.
In 1984, singer Michael Jackson suffered serious burns to his scalp when pyrotechnics set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi-Cola TV commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland is 83. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 68. Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is 65. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 58. Actress Mimi Rogers is 57. Commentator Keith Olbermann is 54. Actress Bridget Fonda is 49. Actor Alan Cumming is 48. Rapper Tricky is 45. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt is 44.
Thought for Today: "Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information." -- John Erskine, American author and educator (1879-1951)