Sep 27, Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth was launched at Glasgow. The RMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest passenger liner built to that date, boasted a 200,000-horsepower engine and beautiful art deco style. The elegant ocean liner was named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI of England and mother to Queen Elizabeth II.
Sep 27, Sylvia Pankhurst, feminist, died. She and her mother, Emmeline Pankhurst, had established the militant Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903. These British suffragettes employed controversial, even violent methods to win the right to vote. In 1918, women over thirty were granted the vote, and in 1928, the voting age was lowered to 21, the voting age of men.
Sep 27, Pamela Churchill Harriman (1920-1997), English-born socialite, married her ex-lover and former New York Governor, Averell Harriman (79). She was the ex-wife (1939-1946) of Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill. From 1993-1997 she served as the US ambassador to France.
Sep 27, Oona Chaplin (b.1926), daughter of Eugene O’Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, died in Switzerland at age 66.
Sep 27, In Utah, Uta von Schwedler (49) was found dead in her bathtub in Salt Lake City. On March 12, 2015 her ex-husband, pediatrician John Brickman Wall (51), was convicted of her murder.
Sep 27, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Bernice Dahn, placed herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.