August 27th: George Washington Requested Food for Soldiers and Mary Poppins Premiered!

August 27th: George Washington Requested Food for Soldiers and Mary Poppins Premiered!

Aug 26, 2023

Happy August 27th! Let's celebrate all the fantastic events and moments in American history that took place over the years, all on August 27th. It's a fun break from the business of my Free At 50 blog to do a quick bullet-list of happenings on this blog.

Grab your coffee and let's take a look back.

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Historical snapshot of August 27th, hobby-blogger style, using bullet points, as always!

  • 1776- The British defeat of the Patriots at Brooklyn Heights.
  • 1892- New York City's Metropolitan Opera House (AKA the Met) catches fire.
  • 1908- Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president, was born. Sharing his birthday: designer Tom Ford in 1961 and Ed Gein, serial killer, in 1906.
  • 1927 America's oldest aviation school- Parks College-opens.
  • 1955- The Guiness Book of World Records was released to the public and a trend for "beating the record" was born.
  • 1964- Mary Poppins premiered in LA at the historic Graumin's Chinese Theatre.
  • 1970- President Nixon spoke with the Mayor of Warren Michigan then ate breakfast at 8:55am. (I love the National Archives!)
  • 1985- 20th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-I): Discovery 6 launched.

view of pool and garden at the Nixon Presidential library and museum in Yorba Linda California

Garden at Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, June 2015

What else happened? Do you want to know more on any of the events on my list? Dig deeper!

Please share your August 27th "historic" events in the comments! And for more on my list, click any of the links and/or find primary sources that can give you the best information about the topics.

The closing words for this post come from George Washington, on the dire need for support from the states for our soldiers in 1780:

“Either the Army must disband, or what is, if possible, worse, subsist upon the plunder of the people.” Asks the states to requisition enough food to set up winter magazines.

(Read with citations here)

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1) I am not a historian nor an expert. I will let you know I’m relaying the information as I understand and interpret it. The employees of Colonial Williamsburg base their presentations, work, and responses on historical documents and mainly primary sources.

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3) Photo credit to me, Daphne Reznik, for all photos in this post, unless otherwise credited! All photos are personal photos taken in public access locations or with specific permission.