On this day: September 27

POSTED: 11:14 PM Sep 26 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Sep 27 2015

The first Ford Model T rolls out of the factory, the Warren Commission concludes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, Ben Johnson is stripped of his Olympic gold medal, and Mark McGwire makes history, all on this day.

OTD September 27 - SS Patrick Henry
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Library of Congress

1941: The SS Patrick Henry is launched, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships to be built by the United States during World War II. Liberty ships were cargo ships designed to be cheap and quick to build, replacing riveting with welding and using oil-fired boilers. The ships earned their name when, during the launch of the Patrick Henry, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that this new class of ships would bring liberty to Europe.


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