Jan 27 - when Edison patented the lamp!
Today is Wednesday, January 27, the twenty seventh day of 2005.
There are 338 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1340 - Edward III of England declares himself king of France, a claim that leads to the Hundred Years' War. They call themselves kings of France until 1801.
1695 - Mustafa II succeeds as Sultan of Turkey on death of Ahmad II.
1822 - Greek independence is formally proclaimed.
1865 - Treaty between Spain and Peru almost recognizes Peru's independence.
1880 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
1888 - The National Geographic Society is incorporated in the United States.
1914 - Haiti's President Oreste abdicates during revolt, and U.S. Marines land to preserve order.
1943 - U.S. bombers stage first all-out U.S. air raid on Germany in World War II, a daylight attack on Wilhelmshaven; Germany begins civil conscription of women.
1944 - The German and Finnish siege of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, is lifted. At least 650,000 people died during the 872-day siege.
1945 - Soviet troops liberate the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
1951 - An era of US atomic testing in the Nevada desert begins as an Air Force plane drops a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
1964 - France establishes diplomatic relations with China.
1967 - Three U.S. astronauts died in a flash fire aboard Apollo 1 during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1973 - A ceasefire agreement signed in Paris ended the U.S. military role in Vietnam.
1991 - Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre fled after rebels overran his palace and captured the capital Mogadishu.
1996 - The military seized power in Niger, ousting its first democratically elected president, Mahamane Ousmane.
2002 - More than 1,000 people were killed and thousands made homeless after multiple explosions at a Nigerian munitions dump in Lagos triggered by an accidental fire caused mass panic.
2003 - Serbia's parliament adopted an accord to ditch the Yugoslav federation in favour of a loose union to be known as Serbia and Montenegro.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer (1756-1791)
Lewis Carroll, author (1832-1898)
Sabu, actor (1924-1963)
Bridget Fonda, actress (1964--)
Chaminda Vaas, cricketer, Sri Lanka (1974--)