March 27, 2005
Today in history—March 27
1350: King Alfonso XI of Castile, who defeated the last major African invasion of Spain at the Battle of Rio Salado in 1340, dies at age 38.
1513: Explorer Juan Ponce de León becomes the first known European to sight Florida. He names the place not for its vegetation, but for Pascua Florida, the Spanish Easter "Feast of the Flowers."
1794: The U.S. Government lays the foundation for its future navy by ordering six frigates.
1843: The great German legal scholar Karl Salomo Zachariae von Lindenthal, who taught at Heidelberg for more than 30 years, dies at age 73.
1917: Future Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (Yale Law 1942) is born at Clarksburg, West Virginia.
1952: Sam Phillips's Sun Records starts operations in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun's contract roster will include Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich.
1996: John Leonard submits an order form, fifteen Pepsi Points, and a check for $700,008.50 to Pepsico to buy a Harrier jet he claims was advertised on a TV commercial.
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