January 27th In History:
1943: First Lieutenant Ronald "Ronaldus-Magnus" Reagan is assigned to the U.S. Army's First Motion Picture Unit as a unit public relations officer. Lt Reagan went on to narrate or star in nearly a dozen training films, shorts as well as a couple of full-length films.
1951: The first atomic bomb was exploded at the 'Nevada Proving Ground,' 65 miles north-west of Las Vegas. The flash from the explosion was seen as far away as San Francisco.
1965: Carroll Shelby introduces the Ford Mustang GT350. The GT350 was the first attempt at a Mustang 'muscle car.' The car became very popular and today is a highly prized collectable.
1967: After carrying several seriously wounded soldiers to safety during a battle near the village of Tri Tam, Kontum Province, South Viet Nam; Army medic, Spec4 Donald Evans died of wounds while carrying even more wounded soldiers to shelter. Specialist Evans--from Covina, Ca.,--was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1967: While participating in a simulation of the upcoming Apollo 1 launch scheduled for February, 1967; "Gus" Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died in an explosion and fire in the Apollo's capsule, on the launch pad. Faulty wiring created a spark which ignited the fuel. They became the first astronauts to die in a spacecraft. Eventually, there would be 17 Apollo missions and 6 lunar landings.
1970: John Lennon both wrote and recorded "Instant Karma" on this Tuesday. After writing the song, he went on to record it the same day because "I knew I had a hit record."