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Calendar for October 27th, 2012

1659: Massachusetts Bay Colony, having outlawed Quakers, hung two who defiantly returned to the colony. They were the first Quakers to be hanged in America.

Born 1728: James Cook (naval captain & explorer)

Born 1782: Niccolo Paganini (composer, violinist)

1795: The Treaty of San Lorenzo was signed between the United States and Spain, giving the United States the right to navigate the Mississippi River

Born 1811: Isaac Singer (inventor)

Born 1856: Kenyon Cox (painter)

1858: Macy's Department store opened in N.Y.C.

Born 1858: Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. president)

Born 1872: Emily Post (etiquette author)

1880: U.S. president-to-be Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee

Born 1889: Enid Bagnold (author)

Born 1911: Leif Erickson (actor)

Born 1914: Dylan Thomas (poet)

1917: At 16, Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at Carnegie Hall

Born 1920: Nanette Fabray (actress)

Born 1932: Sylvia Plath (poet)

1938: Dupont announced the invention of nylon

Born 1939: John Cleese (actor)

Born 1940: Maxine Hong Kingston (author)

Born 1950: Fran Lebowitz (writer)

Born 1958: Simon Le Bon (musician)

1961: Saturn I first launched

Died 1977: James M. Cain (novelist)

1980: Last performance of opera singer Beverly Sills

Died 2003: Rod Roddy (the flamboyantly dressed announcer on The Price is Right whose booming voice invited audience members to "Come on down!'' for nearly 20 years)

2004: The Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in a four-game sweep

2011: 16-foot Burmese python caught in the Florida Everglades

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