spotlight Today in history: Jan. 27 Jan 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1756: Mozart In 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. AP 1880: Thomas Edison In 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp. AP 1943: American Air Raid In 1943, some 50 bombers struck Wilhelmshaven in the first all-American air raid against Germany during World War II. AP 1945: Auschwitz & Birkenau In 1945, during World War II, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. AP 1967: Apollo Fire In 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft. AP 1972: Mahalia Jackson In 1972, "Queen of Gospel" Mahalia Jackson, 60, died in Evergreen Park, Ill. AP 1973: Vietnam Peace Accords In 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris. AP 1981: Reagan Greets Hostages In 1981, President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House. AP 1984: Michael Jackson In 1984, singer Michael Jackson suffered serious burns to his scalp when pyrotechnics set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi-Cola TV commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. AP 1998: Hillary Clinton In 1998, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, on NBC's "Today" show, charged the sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, President Bill Clinton, were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." AP 2001: Jennifer Capriati In 2001, Jennifer Capriati upset three-time winner Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 to win the Australian Open title and her first Grand Slam tournament championship. AP 2003: Iraq In 2003, the Bush administration dismissed Iraq's response to U.N. disarmament demands as inadequate. Meanwhile, chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix charged that Iraq had never genuinely accepted U.N. resolutions demanding its disarmament and warned that "cooperation on substance" was necessary for a peaceful solution. AP 2010: iPad Ten years ago: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet computer during a presentation in San Francisco. AP 2010: J.D. Salinger Ten years ago: J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," died in Cornish, New Hampshire, at age 91. AP 2010: State of the Union Ten years ago: Acknowledging that "change has not come fast enough," President Barack Obama vowed in his State of the Union address to get jobless millions back to work while fighting for ambitious overhauls of health care, energy and education. AP 2015: Auschwitz Anniversary Five years ago: European leaders gathered in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet liberation the Auschwitz death camp; amid tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin stayed away, sending his chief of staff instead. AP 2015: Winter Weather Five years ago: A National Weather Service forecaster apologized for predicting that the area from New York to Philadelphia would see a foot or two of snow. Instead, the storm moved farther east and piled more than 2 feet of snow on parts of New England. AP 2019: "Black Panther" One year ago: “Black Panther” took the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, topping the leading Oscar nominees “Roma” and “The Favourite.” Invision 2019: Novak Djokovic One year ago: Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) overwhelmed Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win a record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title. 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