Highlights of Today in History: , Soviet troops liberate concentration camps; Paris peace accords are signed; Astonauts die on Apollo one;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born;Composer Jerome Kern born
- January 27, 1945. In the final months of World War II, Soviet troops liberate Nazi Germany's concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. That's where up to a million and a half people, 90% of them Jews, perished as part of the Nazis' final solution to wipe out Europe's Jewish population.
1973. In Paris, peace accords are signed officially bringing America's military role in the Vietnam War to an end. More than two years later, Vietnam is reunified under communist rule when South Vietnam falls to North Vietnam.
1967. At Cape Canaveral, Florida, tragedy sets back the American quest to put a man on the moon. Astronauts Vergil Gus Grisham, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee die in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, among the greatest composers of classical music, is born in Salzburg, Austria.
Composer Jerome Kern, whose works include the musical, "Showboat," is born in New York City.
Today in history, January 27. Mike Rossia, the Associated Press.