Historical Political Events for January 27

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Year Event
1606 The eight principal conspirators, including the infamous Guy Fawkes, in the Gunpowder Plot - a nefarious scheme to blow up the King of England, his family and Parliament that was providentially uncovered last November 5, just as the bomb was about to go off - were arraigned, tried and found guilty of high treason this date. [that such actions, periodically, maybe a good idea is debated to this day]
1671 Captain Morgan and the Sack of Panama: Sir Henry Morgan launched this ambitious venture in 1670 with 36 ships and some two thousand men. His chief aim, of course, was the horde of gold and silver he expected to plunder from the opulent Spanish city, Panama.
1914 U.S. Marines are sent to Haiti to preserve order. Hundreds of times in the last 210 years, the United States has deployed its military forces in conflicts abroad, although the U.S. has only formally declared war on eleven occasions.
1945 The largest Nazi death camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland) was liberated by Soviets troops on this date. The date is now celebrated as "International Holocaust Remembrance Day".
1948 United States Information Agency (USIA) is established by the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act.
1966 An 18-nation disarmament conference is held in Geneva, Switzerland. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1967 A treaty banning nuclear weapons from outer space is signed by 60 countries, including the United States and USSR. It will be effective from October 10. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1967 Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, all NASA astronauts, died on the launch pad during a pre-launch test when fire engulfed their Apollo capsule.
1973 Vietnam Peace Accord signed.
2007 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: SAIC, who could be the poster child for the evils of the "Military Industrial Complex", announced on Wednesday that it won a $52.9 million "cost-plus-award-fee contract to provide information technology support services for Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT&E) for the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn." For this token amount, the Navy will get "Web-enabled applications development, and disaster recovery and continuity of operations."
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Quote of
the Day
[about Guy Fawkes and his attempt to blow up Parliament] We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world.
    — Evey Hammond character in V for Vendetta
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