May 27, 1818: Amelia Bloomer, American suffragette, was born. "Amelia Jenks Bloomer (May 27, 1818 – December 30, 1894) was an American women's rights and temperance advocate. Even though she did not create the women's clothing reform style known as bloomers, her name became associated with it because of her early and strong advocacy."
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May 27, 1819: Julia Ward Howe, American poet, was born. "Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet most famous as the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. This became one of the most popular songs of the Union during the American Civil War. In 1870 Howe was the first to proclaim Mother's Day for Peace. After the war Howe focused her activities on the causes of pacifism and women's suffrage. From 1872 to 1879, she assisted Lucy Stone and Henry Brown Blackwell in editing Woman's Journal."
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May 27, 1871: Georges Rouault, one of the most brilliant and gifted painters ever to emerge from French soil, was born. At the end of his life he burned 300 of his pictures.
May 27, 1933: The Century of Progress world's fair opens in Chicago. "A Century of Progress International Exposition was the name of a World's Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms" and its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other."