The Daily News | March 27

Alexander L. Keilland Oil Rig capsized (North Sea), 1980
Mt. St. Helens erupted, 1980
Senate approved aid for Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, 1986
Charles I became English Sovereign, 1625
Alaskan earthquake (8.4 on Richter scale - 117 killed), 1964
First Exchange Club founded (Detroit), 1911
First Apollo Domain system shipped (Harvard University), 1981
Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier, 1958
US military members were granted free mailing privileges, 1942
First steam fire engine tested (New York), 1841
Two Boeing 747’s collided (Canary Islands - 577 killed), 1977
“Funky Winkerbean” (comic strip) began, 1972
(Enoch) Arnold Bennett, English novelist and playwright, died, 1931
First US coast to coast color TV broadcast, 1955
Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin, cosmonaut and first man in space, died, 1968
Venera 8 (USSR), landed on Venus, launched, 1972
US Congress authorized building the first six ships of the Federal Navy, 1794
US began test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, 1990
Florida sighted, named, and claimed for the king of Spain (Ponce de Leon), 1513
First telephone installed in the White House, 1929