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What happened on August 27
- August 27, 0410 Visigothic sack of Rome ends after three days.
- August 27, 0663 "Remnants of the Korean Baekje Kingdom and their Yamato Japanese allies engage the combined naval forces of the Tang Chinese and Silla Koreans on the Geum River in Korea; the outcome is a significant Tang-Silla victory, while the Japanese would not attempt another invasion of Korea until the Imjin War of the late 16th century."
- August 27, 1232 "The Formulary of Adjudications is promulgated by Regent Hj Yasutoki. (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 1232)"
- August 27, 1667 Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
- August 27, 1689 The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire.
- August 27, 1725 "Guillaume de Chazel, drowns in wreck of payship 'Le Chameau,' which sinks 25 km from Louisbourg; found by 3 divers in May 1966, with gold and silver coins worth $700,000"
- August 27, 1758 "Colonel John Bradstreet 1714-1774 captures Fort Frontenac and its rich storehouses, as well as nine armed vessels with 100 guns, the total French naval force on Lake Ontario; British have only two wounded and not a single man killed"
- August 27, 1776 Americans lose to the British at the Batttle of Long Island.
- August 27, 1776 "Battle of Long Island, in present day Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington."
- August 27, 1776 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
- August 27, 1783 The first hydrogen balloon flight (unmanned); reaches 900 m altitude
- August 27, 1789 "French Natl Assembly issues ""Decl of the Rights of Man & the Citizen"""
- August 27, 1793 "French counter-revolution, port of Toulon revolts and admits the British fleet, which lands troops and seizes the port leading to Siege of Toulon."
- August 27, 1798 "United Irishmen and French forces clash with the British army in the Battle of Castlebar, part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798."
- August 27, 1813 "Napoleon defeats the Austrians, Russians and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden."
- August 27, 1828 The Russians defeat the Turks at the Battle of Akhalzic.
- August 27, 1858 "Lincoln and Douglas debate at Freeport, IL."
- August 27, 1859 "Petroleum discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania. World's first successful oil well."
- August 27, 1859 "Successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn"
- August 27, 1861 "Union forces attack Cape Hatteras, North Carolina"
- August 27, 1883 "Krakatoa, an Indonesian volcano, erupts. It is one of the most violent volcanic events in modern times."
- August 27, 1883 "Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons"
- August 27, 1892 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City is heavily damaged by fire.
- August 27, 1896 Anglo-Zanzibar War: the shortest war in world history (09:00 to 09:45) between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar.
- August 27, 1896 Zanzibar loses to England in a 38 minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM)
- August 27, 1900 British defeat Boer commandos at Bergendal.
- August 27, 1909 Jack Chesbro's final Yankee game
- August 27, 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes Tarzan of the Apes.
- August 27, 1913 "Lt Peter Nestrov, of Imperial Russian Air Service, performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev (1st aerobatic maneuver in an airplane)"
- August 27, 1917 Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France
- August 27, 1918 Dr Joseph L Johnson named minister to Liberia
- August 27, 1918 "Lt-Colonel William H. CLark-Kennedy (24th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Fresnes-Rouvroy, France"
- August 27, 1920 "Radio Argentina begins regularly scheduled transmissions from the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, considered the world's first public broadcast station."
- August 27, 1921 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
- August 27, 1927 "Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens"
- August 27, 1928 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident
- August 27, 1928 "Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, signed by sixty nations."
- August 27, 1928 "Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war"
- August 27, 1937 George E.T. Eyston sets world auto speed record at 345.49 MPH
- August 27, 1939 Erich Warsitz makes first jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)
- August 27, 1939 "First flight of the Heinkel He 178, the first modern jet aircraft."
- August 27, 1940 "Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)"
- August 27, 1942 HMCS Oakville (Corvette) sinks a U-Boat in the Caribbean
- August 27, 1944 "USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese."
- August 27, 1945 "Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan."
- August 27, 1945 "US troops begin their occupation of Japan, following Japan's surrender to Allied forces during WWII."
- August 27, 1950 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
- August 27, 1952 Reparation negotiations between West Germany and Israel end in Luxembourg; West Germany to pay 3 billion Deutschmark.
- August 27, 1957 The Constitution of Malaysia came into force.
- August 27, 1959 "Off Cape Canaveral, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile."
- August 27, 1961 "Francis the Talking Mule is the mystery guest on ""What's My Line"""
- August 27, 1962 Mariner 2 launched to Venus.
- August 27, 1962 Mariner 2 launched; first probe to fly by Venus
- August 27, 1964 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Honeycombs - Have I The Right
- August 27, 1966 Francis Chichester begins the first solo sail around the world
- August 27, 1966 Race riot in Waukegan Illinois
- August 27, 1967 "The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, is found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills."
- August 27, 1971 Humorist and author Bennet Cerf dies.
- August 27, 1973 "Largest hailstone ever found in Canada falls at Cedoux; weight 290 grams, diameter 114 mm (almost three times bigger than a golf ball)."
- August 27, 1974 "Haile Selassie, former emperor of Ethiopia, dies in Addis Ababa at age 83."
- August 27, 1975 "Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world"
- August 27, 1977 Number one hit on UK music charts - Floaters - Float On
- August 27, 1979 "An IRA bomb kills Lord Mountbatten and 3 others on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Another near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland kills 18 British soldiers."
- August 27, 1979 An IRA bomb takes the life of British Lord Louis Mountbatten in a boat off the Irish coast.
- August 27, 1981 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard the Andrea Doria
- August 27, 1981 "Salvage divers recover a million dollars in cash and jewels from the wreckage of the Andrea Doria, sunk in 1965."
- August 27, 1982 Soyuz T-7 returns to Earth
- August 27, 1984 Diane Sawyer joins the on-air reporting cast of the CBS TV show 60 Minutes.
- August 27, 1984 President Reagan announces the Teacher in Space project
- August 27, 1985 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-launched
- August 27, 1985 The Nigerian government is peacefully overthrown by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida.
- August 27, 1989 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
- August 27, 1990 52 Americans arrive in Turkey from Iraq
- August 27, 1990 Canadian Army ordered to use whatever force necessary to end standoff between Kanasetake Mohawks and Quebec police at Oka.
- August 27, 1990 "Fifty-two Americans, previously held hostage by Iraq, reach freedom in Turkey."
- August 27, 1990 "The British Broadcasting Corporation launches BBC Radio Five Live at 9am GMT with a mixture of sports, news, and children's programming."
- August 27, 1990 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude
- August 27, 1991 Moldova declares independence from the USSR.
- August 27, 1991 "The European Community recognizes the independence of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania."
- August 27, 1992 CFL revokes BC Lions franchise; later restored after reforms and refinancing.
- August 27, 1993 The Florida Department of Transportation decides to cease producing its distinctive colored U.S. Highway shields so that it can make use of Federal funds for those signs.
- August 27, 1993 "The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed."
- August 27, 2000 "Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed."
- August 27, 2003 "Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing approximately 34,646,416 miles (55,758,006 kilometers) from Earth."
- August 27, 2006 "Comair Flight 5191 crashed en route from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Forty-nine of the 50 people aboard the flight were confirmed dead in the hours following the crash"
- August 27, 2009 "A suicide bomber hits a Pakistani security checkpoint at the main border crossing for convoys ferrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan, killing at least 18 border guards."
- August 27, 2009 "Colombia files a complaint about Venezuela with the Organization of American States, saying the country has been interfering in its domestic affairs."
- August 27, 2009 "English youth Michael Perham, aged 17 years, 5 months, becomes the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world by sailboat, breaking the previous record by two months."
- August 27, 2009 Judges at the Supreme Court of India agree to make their financial assets public.
- August 27, 2009 Mali's parliament is to review a law giving women greater rights after thousands of Muslims protested the proposed law.
- August 27, 2009 Russia deploys an S-400 anti-missile defence system close to its border with North Korea.
- August 27, 2009 South African President Jacob Zuma is to visit Zimbabwe for talks on the power-sharing government.
- August 27, 2009 South Korea proposes regular reunions of families separated by the Korean War to North Korea.
- August 27, 2009 Sri Lanka dismisses a video purporting to show violence by its Armed Forces against Tamils.
- August 27, 2009 Taiwan approves a visit by the Dalai Lama to comfort the victims of Typhoon Morakot.
- August 27, 2009 "The head of the joint United Nations?African Union force in Darfur, Martin Agwai, says the war in the region is over and is now only suffering low-level disputes."
- August 27, 2009 "The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passes its first law on the People's Armed Police, giving it statutory authority to respond to riots, terrorist attacks or other emergencies."
- August 27, 2009 "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on indigenous rights, James Anaya, says the Australian government intervention in Aboriginal areas is ""discriminatory""."
- August 27, 2009 Thousands of people flee fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in northeastern Burma.