1927

1927, well into the “Roaring Twenties,” was all about pushing boundaries – especially in technology.

1927

This was the year that the first transatlantic telephone call was made, via radio, from New York City to London. The first “talkie” film premiered this year as well. The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length film with synchronized sound and was a tremendous hit, although the era of silent films would continue for a few more years.

In perhaps one of the most significant events early on in the 20th Century, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to pilot an aircraft, solo, on a nonstop transatlantic flight. The flight from New York City to Paris, in an aircraft called the Spirit of St. Louis, took over 33 hours to complete.

There were some major developments in the field of literature as well. This was the year that T.S. Eliot published his famous poem, “Journey of the Magi” and it was also the year that he became a British citizen. Another famous writer also made a move to Britain this year. Eric Blair, later to become known as George Orwell, resigned his post with the Imperial Police in Burma and moved to London to become a writer.

In film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded this year and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis premiered in Germany. 1927 was also the year that the popular film, It, premiered. Starring Clara Bow, the film sparked the origin of the term “It Girl.”

In a notable political development in April of 1927, the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act of 1927 renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, acknowledging that the Irish Free State was no longer part of the Kingdom. King George V would formally change his title to reflect this change as well in a separate proclamation in May.

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Metropolis

Metropolis

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Country: United States of America

Sunrise

Sunrise

Directed by: F.W. Murnau

Starring: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Country: United States of America

Sadie Thompson

Sadie Thompson

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, Charles Lane, Florence Midgley

Country: United States of America

West Point

West Point

Directed by: Edward Sedgwick

Starring: William Haines, Joan Crawford, William Bakewell, Neil Neely

Country: United States of America

Napoleon

Napoleon

Directed by: Abel Gance

Starring: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1927 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Robert
  2. John
  3. James
  4. William
  5. Charles
  6. Richard
  7. George
  8. Donald
  9. Joseph
  10. Edward
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Dorothy
  3. Betty
  4. Helen
  5. Margaret
  6. Ruth
  7. Doris
  8. Virginia
  9. Shirley
  10. Barbara
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1927?


Events

  • 01 Jan Dodgers announce release of future Hall of Fame Zack Wheat
  • 02 Jan Angered by the anti-clerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, Catholic rebels in Mexico rebelled against the government.
  • 05 Jan Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • 06 Jan US marines are sent to Nicaragua.
  • 07 Jan Harlem Globetrotters play first basketball game (Hinckley, Illinois).
  • 09 Jan A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, kills 78 children.
  • 11 Jan Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th, New York City
  • 13 Jan US and Mexico battle over oil interests.
  • 14 Jan Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs. New York Rangers
  • 15 Jan Teddy Wakelam gives the first sports commentary on BBC Radio.
  • 19 Jan British government decides to send troops to China.
  • 21 Jan First national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago Illinois).
  • 22 Jan First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury.
  • 27 Jan Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game
  • 28 Jan Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls.
  • 29 Jan 4th German government of Wilhelm Marx forms.
  • 30 Jan Right-wing veterans and the ''Republican Schutzbund'' clash in Schattendorf, Burgenland, Austria. One man and a child are killed by gunshots (see July 15).
  • 31 Jan International allies' military command in Germany disbands.
  • 03 Feb Uprising against regime of General Carmona in Portugal.
  • 04 Feb KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • 08 Feb Belgian-Swiss treaty signed.
  • 10 Feb US President Calvin Coolidge asks for second disarmament conference.
  • 11 Feb US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran.
  • 12 Feb British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai.
  • 13 Feb Uprising against Portuguese regime of General Carmona defeated.
  • 14 Feb An earthquake in Yugoslavia kills 100.
  • 16 Feb US restores diplomatic relations with Turkey.
  • 18 Feb 1st US radio broadcast of Cities Service Concerts
  • 19 Feb General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai.
  • 20 Feb Golfers in South Carolina are arrested for violating Sabbath.
  • 22 Feb ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine
  • 23 Feb President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (US Federal Communications Commission predecessor).
  • 24 Feb John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St, New York City
  • 27 Feb For second Sunday in a row golfers in South Carolina are arrested for violating Sabbath.
  • 01 Mar Bank of Italy becomes a National Bank.
  • 02 Mar Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year).
  • 04 Mar A diamond rush in South Africa includes trained athletes that have been hired by major companies to stake claims.
  • 05 Mar 1,000 US marines land in China to protect American property.
  • 07 Mar Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan.
  • 08 Mar Pan American Airlines incorporates.
  • 10 Mar Albania mobilizes due to threat of Serbian, Croatian and Slovenes.
  • 11 Mar First armored commercial car hold-up in US, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 13 Mar Fritz Lang's culturally influential film ''Metropolis'' premieres in Germany.
  • 17 Mar US government doesn't sign League of Nations disarmament treaty.
  • 19 Mar Bloody battles between communists and National-socialists in Berlin, Germany.
  • 21 Mar Guomindang Army conquerors Shanghai as British marines flee.
  • 24 Mar Cuban chess champion Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie.
  • 26 Mar Gaumont-British Film Corporation forms.
  • 28 Mar Majestic Theater opens at 245 W 44th St, New York City
  • 29 Mar Henry O D Segrave races his Sunbeam car to a record 203.79 mph at Daytona; first auto to exceed 200 mph (322 kph).
  • 01 Apr U.S. Bureau of Prohibition founded (under Department of the Treasury).
  • 03 Apr Interstate Commerce Commission transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone.
  • 05 Apr Johnny Weissmuller set records in the 100- and 200-metre freestyle.
  • 07 Apr First distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C. to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
  • 09 Apr Italy and US anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti given death sentences.
  • 12 Apr April 12 Incident: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Communist Party of China members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
  • 15 Apr Switzerland and the USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • 18 Apr Chiang Kai-shek forms anti-government in China.
  • 19 Apr Vagabond King opens in London
  • 21 Apr A banking crisis hits Japan.
  • 22 Apr May 5 ampndash The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 strikes 700,000 people in the greatest natural disaster in American history at that time.
  • 23 Apr Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children's Day as a national holiday.
  • 25 Apr Spain routes 20,000 soldiers to Morocco (uprising Rifkabylen).
  • 27 Apr Carabineros de Chile (Chilean national police force and gendarmery) are created.
  • 29 Apr Construction of Spirit of St. Louis is completed
  • 30 Apr Princess Juliana gets seat in Dutch Council of State.
  • 01 May 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • 02 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
  • 04 May Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forms
  • 05 May The novel ''To the Lighthouse'' was finished by Virginia Woolf.
  • 07 May San Francisco Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated.
  • 08 May Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
  • 09 May Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
  • 11 May Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • 12 May The British police raid the office of the Soviet trade delegation.
  • 13 May VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • 14 May 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06.
  • 16 May New York Yankees' player Bob Meusel steals second, third and home.
  • 17 May Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • 18 May Ritz Hotel opens in Boston
  • 20 May At 7:40 AM, Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross Atlantic for Paris
  • 21 May Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • 22 May Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
  • 23 May Nearly 600 members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers viewed a live demonstration of television at the Bell Telephone Building in New York City. This is just over a year after John Logie Baird of Scotland first demonstrated a ''mechanical television system'' to the members of the Royal Society in London.
  • 24 May Britain severs diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union because of revelations of espionage and underground agitation.
  • 25 May Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)
  • 26 May Ford Motor Company manufactures its 15 millionth Model T automobile.
  • 27 May Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war
  • 30 May Walter Johnson records 113th and last shutout of his career.
  • 31 May Ford Motor Company produces last Tin Lizzie (begins Model A)
  • 04 Jun Johnny Weissmuller set swim records in 100-yard and 200-yard free-style
  • 05 Jun 3rd French Mens Tennis: R Lacoste beats B Tilden (64 46 57 63 11-9)
  • 07 Jun Peter Voikov, the Soviet ambassador to Poland, is murdered.
  • 08 Jun Tony Lazzeri hits three home runs as New York Yankees beat Chicago White Sox 12-11.
  • 09 Jun The Soviet Union executes 20 Britons for alleged espionage.
  • 11 Jun 59th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6
  • 13 Jun Ticker-tape parade welcomed Charles A Lindbergh to New York City
  • 16 Jun 31st US Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 301 at Oakmont Country Club - Pennsylvania
  • 18 Jun Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000 m: 5:24.6
  • 23 Jun Lou Gehrig hits three home runs in 11-4 victory over Boston Red Sox.
  • 25 Jun WVO soccer team forms in Oosterhout
  • 26 Jun Comet 7P / Pons-Winnecke approaches within 0.0394 AUs of Earth
  • 29 Jun First manned flight from West Coast of USA arrives in Hawaii.
  • 30 Jun US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota closes.
  • 01 Jul The Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration (FDIA) is established.
  • 02 Jul 40th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats L de Alvarez (62 64)
  • 03 Jul 47th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: H Cochet beats Borotra (46 46 63 64 75)
  • 04 Jul Ir Sukarno forms PNI (Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia) in Batavia
  • 11 Jul An earthquake strikes Palestine, killing around 300 people. The effects are especially severe in Nablus, but damage and fatalities are also reported in many areas of Palestine and Trans-Jordan such as Amman, Salt, Jordan, and Lydda.
  • 12 Jul Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs
  • 14 Jul 1st commercial airplane flight in Hawaii
  • 15 Jul 62nd British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 285 at St. Andrews
  • 16 Jul Augusto Sandino begins 5.5-year war against US occupation of Nicaragua.
  • 19 Jul Ty Cobb gets his 4,000th Major League Baseball hit.
  • 20 Jul Lindbergh begins New York flight (Spirit of St. Louis)
  • 24 Jul The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
  • 27 Jul Major Bernard Montgomery (29) marries widow Betty Carver
  • 29 Jul 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY)
  • 01 Aug Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • 02 Aug U.S. President Calvin Coolidge announces, quotI do not choose to run for President in 1928.quot
  • 04 Aug Peace Bridge between US and Canada is opened.
  • 07 Aug US rum smuggler Horace Alderman kills 3
  • 10 Aug US President Calvin Coolidge formally dedicates the Mount Rushmore site.
  • 12 Aug Wings, the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens
  • 16 Aug 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)
  • 19 Aug Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet Union.
  • 21 Aug 4th Pan-African Congress meets (New York City).
  • 22 Aug Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers
  • 23 Aug Sacco and Vanzetti are executed.
  • 24 Aug August 25 ampndash The 1927 Nova Scotia hurricane hits the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, causing massive damage and at least 56 deaths.
  • 26 Aug Paul R. Redfern leaves Brunswick, Georgia, flying his Stinson Detroiter quotPort of Brunswickquot to attempt a solo non-stop flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He later crashes in the Venezuelan jungle, but the crash site was never found.
  • 27 Aug Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens.
  • 30 Aug 41st US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Betty Nuthall (61 64)
  • 02 Sep Rumour starts that Yankee Lou Gehrig will be traded to Tigers
  • 04 Sep Charles Lindbergh visits Boise, Idaho, on his cross-country tour
  • 05 Sep Universal Pictures releases the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film Trolley Troubles to theaters in the USA. This is the first Oswald film release, a series created by the Walt Disney film studio.
  • 06 Sep Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 12-11 in 18 innings at Fenway Park
  • 07 Sep Philo Farnsworth demonstrates 1st use of TV in San Francisco
  • 09 Sep Tony Lazzeri Day at Yankee Stadium
  • 10 Sep 22nd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Philadelphia (3-2)
  • 11 Sep After losing 21 in a row to NY, the Browns win their last meeting, 6-2
  • 13 Sep Yanks clinch pennant, Ruth hits 2 HRs (52 en route to 60)
  • 14 Sep An underwater earthquake in Japan kills over 100 people.
  • 16 Sep Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden for US Lawn Tennis Association title.
  • 17 Sep 47th US Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats William T Tilden (119 63 119)
  • 18 Sep 18 station CBS radio network begins, (WOR is NYC affiliate)
  • 20 Sep New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits record 60th HR of season off Tom Zachry
  • 22 Sep Yanks Earle Coombs hits 3 triples
  • 24 Sep Yanks set record of 106 victories
  • 25 Sep A treaty signed by the League of Nations Slavery Commission abolished all types of slavery.
  • 26 Sep St. James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St, New York City
  • 27 Sep 79 are killed and 550 are injured in the East St. Louis Tornado, the 2nd costliest and at least 24th deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
  • 29 Sep Telephone service begins between US and Mexico
  • 30 Sep Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th home run in a single Major League Baseball season (off Tom Zachary).
  • 01 Oct Pirates clinch NL pennant with a 9-6 win over Reds
  • 04 Oct Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
  • 06 Oct Jazz Singer, 1st movie with a sound track, premieres (NYC)
  • 07 Oct Yank Herb Pennock retires 1st 22 Pirates in World Series game
  • 08 Oct Sea battle at Navarino (Greece freed of Ottoman occupation)
  • 09 Oct The Mexican government crushes a rebellion in Vera Cruz.
  • 11 Oct Lou Gehrig elected Major League Baseball's Most Valuable Player.
  • 12 Oct Hermann Gorner of Germany raises 24 men weighing 4,123 pounds on a plank with the soles of his feet.
  • 17 Oct Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President
  • 18 Oct The first flight of Pan American Airways takes off from Key West, Florida, bound for Havana, Cuba.
  • 22 Oct Nikola Tesla exposed his six (6) new inventions including motor with onephase electricity
  • 23 Oct Town of Netanya Israel founded by Nathan Strauss
  • 26 Oct Duke Ellington sings Creole Love Song
  • 27 Oct Queen Wilhelmina opens Meuse-Waal Canal in Nijmegen
  • 28 Oct Josip Broz (Tito) begins 7 months jail sentence in Croatia
  • 01 Nov İsmet İnönü forms the new government in Turkey (The 5th government).
  • 03 Nov 22.3 cm rainfall at Somerset, Vermont (state record)
  • 04 Nov Frank Heath and his horse ''Gypsy Queen'' return to Washington, D.C., having completed a two-year journey of 11,356 miles to all 48 of the states (of that time).
  • 05 Nov 10th PGA Championship: Water Hagen at Cedar Crest Country Club - Dallas
  • 09 Nov Pastor of Have begins blessing of motorcars / motors
  • 12 Nov 1st underwater tunnel, Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey opens
  • 13 Nov NY-NJ Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens
  • 14 Nov Worlds largest gas tank in Pittsburgh Penn explodes; 28 die
  • 17 Nov Tornado hits Washington DC.
  • 21 Nov The Colorado state police open fire on 500 rowdy but unarmed miners during a strike, killing six of them.
  • 22 Nov 1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner Wisc)
  • 26 Nov 15th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Hamilton Tigers, 9-6
  • 02 Dec 1st Model A Fords sold, for $385
  • 04 Dec Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem
  • 10 Dec "Grand Ole Opry" makes its first radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 11 Dec Guangzhou Uprising: Communist militia and worker Red Guards launch an uprising in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, taking over most of the city and announcing the formation of a Guangzhou Soviet.
  • 14 Dec Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain.
  • 15 Dec Ed Hickman kidnaps child he later beheads
  • 17 Dec Victoria scores 793 in cricket against Queensland, Bill Ponsford scores 437.
  • 19 Dec 3 Indian Revolutionaries viz Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, Thakur Roshan Singh and Ashfaqulla Khan were executed by the British Empire 4th Rajendra Nath Lahiri had been executed two day's before i.e. on December 17
  • 25 Dec The Vietnamese Nationalist Party is founded.
  • 27 Dec Kern and Hammerstein's musical play, ''Show Boat'', based on Edna Ferber's novel, opens on Broadway and then goes on to become the first great classic of the American musical theater.
  • 30 Dec Japan dedicates first subway in the Orient (route under two miles long).
  • 31 Dec Ponsford scores 336 against SA, giving him 1146 for month