Thursday, October 27, 2011

This Day in History: October 27

-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded, 1682

-Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated, 1838

-Sylvia Plath is born, 1932

-Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African American general in the United States Air Force, 1954

-The Democratic Republic of Congo is renamed Zaire, 1971

-The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in history, 1994

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