On This Day, Sept. 27: Queen Elizabeth launched as world’s largest ocean liner


On September 27, 1938, Queen Elizabeth christened the world’s largest ocean liner in her own name at a ceremony in Scotland. File photo by Ian Taylor/Wikipedia.

Sept. 27 (UPI) — On this date in history:

In 1540 the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits, was founded by the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1825 George Stephenson in England operated the first locomotive to pull a passenger train.

In 1930, golfer Bobby Jones won the US amateur championship and captured the grand slam of the era. Earlier in the year he won the British Amateur, British Open and US Open.

In 1938, Queen Elizabeth christened the world’s largest ocean liner in her own name at a ceremony in Scotland. The Queen Elizabeth was the sister ship of the Queen Mary, which had been christened four years earlier.

In 1939, after 19 days of heavy air raids and artillery shelling, the Polish defenders of Warsaw surrendered to the German forces.

1954, The Tonight Show made his television debut with host Steve Allen.

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In 1964, the Warren Commission’s report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released after 10 months of investigation and concluded that there was no conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, acted alone.

In 1998, Gerhard Schröder led the Social Democratic Party of Germany to victory in the federal elections, ending the 16-year tenure of Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his Christian Democratic Party.

In 2008, Zhai Zhigang stepped off the Shenzhou VII spacecraft and became the first Chinese astronaut to spacewalk.

In 2010, Jimi Heselden, 62, maker of the Segway upright scooter, was killed when he apparently lost control of one of the two-wheeled, self-balancing machines and ran over a cliff into a river.

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In 2013, 60 people died when a five-storey building collapsed in Mumbai. Two other buildings collapsed in the city in the previous five months, killing more than 80 people.

In 2014, Mount Ontake, Japan’s second highest volcano, erupted in a plume of ash, killing 63 people, many of them hikers.

In 2017, Thailand’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled to sentence former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to five years in prison for failing to report false and corrupt government-to-government sales under a rice deposit scheme.

In 2021, a federal jury in Brooklyn found singer R. Kelly guilty of years of sexually assaulting women and girls. A judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

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