30 Aunt Min went home today I think she had an enjoyable time + would have stayed longer if we had urged her, but we did not know when the Steadmans might arrive + the place is so small we did not feel that we could do so. Clarence took her home in the car. Vera never came out to speak altho’ they stopped in front of the house talking for about fifteen minutes. But she is losing [?] more than we are.
On these days in history:
APRIL 29, 1927 (FRIDAY)
- Great Mississippi Flood of 1927: Two parishes in Louisiana were deliberately flooded in order to protect New Orleans, as a dynamite charge blasted thelevee at Caernarvon. With the objective of relieving pressure from the Mississippi River on the larger city’s floodwalls, Governor Oramel H. Simpsonobtained federal approval to evacuate residents, mostly African-American farm families, of the parishes of St. Bernard and Plaquemines and then to destroy the floodwall.
April 30, 1927 (Saturday)
- An explosion killed 111 coal miners at the Federal No. 3 Coal Mine of New England Fuel and Transportation Company at Everettville, West Virginia.
- Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. became the first film stars to put their handprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
- The Federal Institute for Women, first U.S. prison for women, was opened at Alderson, West Virginia for any woman sentenced to a year or more in prison. Three women from Vermont were the first inmates.
- The first sound newsreel was introduced by Fox Movietone News, prior to the showing of a feature film at the Roxy Theater in New York City. The first report, lasting four minutes, showed the marching of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy.
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