June 27th in history:
An Air France flight from Israel to Paris was hijacked to Entebbe Airport in Uganda on June 27th, 1976. Israeli forces carried out a raid to rescue the passengers and crew on July 4th. Within a year, two American TV movies were made about the rescue.
U.S. Route 66 was decommissioned on June 27th, 1985, after nearly 60 years of service as a major link between Chicago and Southern California. The highway inspired the 1960s TV series “Route 66.”
An unusual daytime soap opera debuted on this date in 1966. “Dark Shadows” ran for five years on ABC, featuring tales of ghosts, witches and a vampire named Barnabas Collins. On that same day in ’66, J.J. Abrams, producer of the TV dramas “Alias” and “Lost,” was born. Abrams also directed the 2009 “Star Trek” movie.