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On this day: May 27

POSTED: 10:55 AM PDT May 23, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 26, 2013 

A tornado nearly wipes out St. Louis, Ford stops making the Model T, the Chrysler Building and the Golden Gate Bridge open, the Sex Pistols court controversy with "God Save the Queen," and Arsenio Hall signs off, all on this day.

OTD May 27 - Cornelius Vanderbilt
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1794: Cornelius Vanderbilt, the industrialist and philanthropist who built his wealth in shipping and railroads, is born in Staten Island, N.Y. One of the richest Americans in history, he provided the initial gift to found Vanderbilt University, which is named in his honor.


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