Top Billboard song of 4-20-1927

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Today in 1927 | 0 comments

85 years ago today, love rocked the airwaves… Long before April 20th derived its meaning from an illicit substance, music was still important part of the American landscape. Billboard, notes that 85 years ago today, Gene Austin’s – “Tonight You Belong to Me” was on top of the charts. Gene Austin was a popular screen, radio & recording artist during the mid 1920’s into the 1930’s. He was known as “the voice of the south land” and a pioneer in the “crooning” style of singing. A jazz artist at heart, he was equally at home...

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Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Today in 1927 | 0 comments

Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

85 Years Ago Today…   In the winter of 1926-27 the rains were so heavy that on the tributaries of the Mississippi the water had overflowed the banks, causing floods to the west in Oklahoma and Kansas, to the east in Illinois and Kentucky. On Good Friday, April 15, 1927, the Memphis Commercial Appeal warned: “The roaring Mississippi River, bank and levee full from St. Louis to New Orleans, is believed to be on its mightiest rampage…All along the Mississippi considerable fear is felt over the prospects for the greatest flood in history.” That Good Friday morning,...

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10th April 1927 – Oil War in Mexico Grows More Intense

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Today in 1927 | 0 comments

THE OIL WAR IN MEXICO GROWS MORE INTENSE: American Companies Stand Their Ground While Calles Withholds Seems like too long ago to be warring over oil right? April 10, 1927 one of the biggest stories in the nation and world was the escalating oil war between United States and foreign oil companies who owned approximately 90% of all the fields and the Mexican government which asserted rights to its own land in 1917. The essential controversy dealt with the main issue of the ammendment to the consitution in 1917 that stated all subsoil rights belong to the nation directly conflicted with a...

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9th April 1927 – 85 years of Bluff Dwellers

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Today in 1927 | 0 comments

Mae West Arrested!   85 years ago today (9th April 1927): Mae West is Arrested during her starring role in the play “sex” which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in on Broadway. She was prosecuted on morals charges and sentenced to 10 days in jail for public obscenity. Despite a fairly successful career in vaudeville, her biggest break happened in 1926 at the age of thirty-three when she wrote and starred in her own play ‘Sex.” Many viewers were shocked and delighted by the raunchy dialogue and subject matter, for prostitution was still a forbidden...

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