July 27 is my birthday and it'll be here before you know it. It's also fellow Brooklynite Bugs Bunny's birthday, though he's considerably older. (He was born in a rabbit warren under Ebbets Field.)
I'm not going to say how old I'll be because that will make me feel older than I am (and older than I feel). But the information's out there. You can look it up.
Or you can read the list, below, of nine newsworthy events, which I've compiled from a chapter in Bobby in Naziland. Everything on the list took place in a 12-hour period, from 8:30 p.m., July 26, to 8:30 a.m., July 27. See if you can guess the year.
· Eva Perón—"Evita"—the first lady of Argentina, died, at age 33.
· Objects unknown—UFOs—traveling at speeds between 100 and 7,000 miles per hour, buzzed Washington, D.C.
· The stock market reached a 22-year high.
· King Farouk of Egypt was deposed in a bloodless coup.
· A woman flying Pan American airlines, from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, was sucked out of the plane off the coast of Brazil when the emergency door popped open.
· U.S. B-29s bombed North Korea's electrical power grid.
· At the Summer Olympic Games, in Helsinki, Bob Mathias broke his own world record for the decathlon.
· The New York Yankees were in first place in the American League, and the Brooklyn Dodgers were in first place in the National League.
· Cleveland Indians third baseman Al Rosen was leading the American League with 18 home runs, 4 more than Mickey Mantle of the Yankees.