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Born July 27th
1906: Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager.
1908: Joseph Mitchell, writer for The New Yorker.
1930: David Hughes, English novelist (The Horsehair Sofa, The Man Who Invented Tomorrow).
1939: Michael Longley, Irish poet.
1940: Bharati Mukherjee, Indian novelist (The Middleman and Other Stories).
July 27th
in history
1689: Government forces defeat the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.
1777: The Marquis of Lafayette arrives in New England to help fight the British.
1778: British and French fleets fight to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.
1793: Robespierre becomes a member of the Committee of Public Safety.
1861: President Abraham Lincoln replaces General Irwin McDowell with General George B. McClellen as head of the Army of the Potomac.