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What happened on May 27? There are more than 279 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 27

May 27 is the 147th day of the year 2015. There are 218 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 22nd week of the year 2015.

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The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

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Historical Events For May 27

  • 927
    Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: the Croatian army, led by King Tomislav, defeats the Bulgarian Army.
  • 1120
    Richard III of Capua is anointed as Prince two weeks before his untimely death.
  • 1153
    Malcolm IV becomes King of Scotland.
  • 1703
    Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
  • 1798
    The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.
  • 1799
    War of the Second Coalition: Austrian forces defeats the French at Winterthur, Switzerland, securing control of the northeastern Swiss Plateau because of the town’s location at the junction of seven cross-roads.
  • 1812
    Bolivian War of Independence: In Bolivia, the Battle of La Coronilla, in which the women from Cochabamba fight against the Spanish army.
  • 1813
    War of 1812: In Canada, American forces capture Fort George.
  • 1849
    The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened.
  • 1860
    Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian Unification.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: First Assault on the Confederate works at the Siege of Port Hudson.
  • 1883
    Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.
  • 1896
    The F4-strength St. Louis-East St. Louis Tornado hits in St. Louis, Missouri and East Saint Louis, Illinois, killing at least 255 people and causing $2.9 billion in damage (1997 USD).
  • 1905
    Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima begins.
  • 1907
    Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California.
  • 1919
    The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight.
  • 1927
    The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A.
  • 1930
    The 1046 ft Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
  • 1933
    New Deal: The U.S. Federal Securities Act is signed into law requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • 1933
    The Century of Progress World’s Fair opens in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1933
    The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”
  • 1935
    New Deal: The Supreme Court of the United States declares the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, (295 U.S. 495).
  • 1937
    In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California.
  • 1940
    World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 99 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops. Two survive.
  • 1941
    World War II: The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing almost 2,100 men.
  • 1941
    World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims an “unlimited national emergency”.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Operation Anthropoid, Reinhard Heydrich is assassinated in Prague.
  • 1957
    Toronto‘s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’Roll music format.
  • 1958
    The F-4 Phantom II makes its first flight.
  • 1960
    In Turkey, a military coup removes President Celal Bayar and the rest of the democratic government from office.
  • 1962
    The Centralia, Pennsylvania mine fire starts.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: American warships begin the first bombardment of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam.
  • 1967
    Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
  • 1967
    The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.
  • 1968
    The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.
  • 1971
    The Dahlerau train disaster, the worst railway accident in West Germany, kills 46 people and injures 25 near Wuppertal.
  • 1975
    Dibbles Bridge Coach Crash near Grassington, North Yorkshire, England kills 33 – the highest ever death toll in a road accident in the United Kingdom.
  • 1980
    The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  • 1986
    the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest is released in Japan.
  • 1995
    In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
  • 1996
    First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire.
  • 1997
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.
  • 1998
    Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  • 1999
    The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
  • 2001
    Members of Islamist separatist group Abu Sayyaf seize twenty hostages from an upscale island resort on Palawan in the Philippines; the hostage crisis would not be resolved until June 2002.
  • 2005
    Australian Schapelle Corby is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Kerobokan Prison for drug smuggling by a court in Indonesia.
  • 2005
    The first year of the Tunisian American Day, which became a yearly event
  • 2006
    The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 am local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.

Who Were Born On May 27?

  • 1332
    Ibn Khaldun, Arab polymath (d. 1406)
  • 1519
    Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)
  • 1576
    Caspar Schoppe, German scholar (d. 1649)
  • 1601
    Antoine Daniel, French Jesuit missionary and martyr (d. 1648)
  • 1623
    William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (d. 1687)
  • 1626
    William II, Prince of Orange (d. 1650)
  • 1651
    Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (d. 1729)
  • 1652
    Liselotte von der Pfalz, Duchess of Orléans (d. 1722)
  • 1738
    Nathaniel Gorham, 8th President of the United States in Congress Assembled (d. 1796)
  • 1756
    King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (d. 1825)
  • 1794
    Cornelius Vanderbilt, American entrepreneur (d. 1877)
  • 1818
    Amelia Bloomer, American suffragette (d. 1894)
  • 1819
    Julia Ward Howe, American poet (The Battle Hymn of the Republic) (d. 1910)
  • 1820
    Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and socialite (d. 1904)
  • 1827
    Samuel F. Miller, New York representative to the U.S. House of Representatives (d. 1892)
  • 1836
    Jay Gould, American financier (d. 1892)
  • 1837
    Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter (d. 1887)
  • 1837
    Wild Bill Hickok, American gunfighter (d. 1876)
  • 1860
    Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (d. 1941)
  • 1864
    Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (d. 1938)
  • 1867
    Arnold Bennett, British novelist (d. 1931)
  • 1871
    Georges Rouault, French painter and graphic artist (d. 1958)
  • 1876
    Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (d. 1945)
  • 1876
    Sir William Stanier, British railway engineer (d. 1965)
  • 1879
    Hans Lammers, German SS officer (d. 1962)
  • 1879
    Karl Bühler, German linguist and psychologist (d. 1963)
  • 1884
    Max Brod, Czech-born writer, literary executor of Franz Kafka (d. 1968)
  • 1888
    Louis Durey, French composer (d. 1979)
  • 1891
    Claude Champagne, French-Canadian composer (d. 1965)
  • 1893
    Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentenarian (d. 2005)
  • 1894
    Dashiell Hammett, American author (d. 1961)
  • 1894
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (d. 1961)
  • 1897
    John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1900
    Uładzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (d. 1933)
  • 1904
    Chūhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (d. 1997)
  • 1906
    Antonio Rosario Mennonna, Italian Catholic bishop (d. 2009)
  • 1906
    Buddhadasa, Thai Bhikkhu and philosopher (d. 1993)
  • 1907
    Nicolas Calas, Greek-American poet and art critic (d. 1988)
  • 1907
    Rachel Carson, American biologist and science writer (d. 1964)
  • 1909
    Dolores Hope, American singer and philanthropist
  • 1911
    Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States and Senator from Minnesota (d. 1978)
  • 1911
    Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born Israeli politician (d. 2007)
  • 1911
    Vincent Price, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    John Cheever, American author (d. 1982)
  • 1912
    Sam Snead, American golfer (d. 2002)
  • 1912
    Terry Moore, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • 1913
    Wols, German painter (d. 1951)
  • 1915
    Esther Soré, Chilean musician (d. 1996)
  • 1915
    Herman Wouk, American writer
  • 1918
    Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japanese politician
  • 1921
    Caryl Chessman, American robber and rapist (d. 1960)
  • 1922
    Christopher Lee, English actor
  • 1923
    Henry Kissinger, 56th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1923
    Sumner Redstone, American entrepreneur
  • 1924
    Ernest Ingenito, American mass murderer (d. 1995)
  • 1925
    Tony Hillerman, American writer (d. 2008)
  • 1930
    John Barth, American novelist
  • 1930
    William S. Sessions, 8th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1932
    Faten Hamama, Egyptian actress
  • 1933
    Manfred Sommer, Spanish comic artist (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    Ted Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (d. 2008)
  • 1934
    Harlan Ellison, American author
  • 1935
    Lee Meriwether, Miss America (1955) and actress
  • 1935
    Mal Evans, British road manager of The Beatles (d. 1976)
  • 1935
    Ramsey Lewis, American pianist
  • 1936
    Louis Gossett Jr., American actor
  • 1936
    Marcel Masse, Canadian politician
  • 1937
    Allan Carr, American film producer and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1939
    Don Williams, American country singer
  • 1939
    Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • 1942
    Lee Baca, American law enforcement official
  • 1943
    Bruce Weitz, American actor
  • 1943
    Cilla Black, English singer and presenter
  • 1944
    Alain Souchon, French singer and songwriter
  • 1944
    Christopher Dodd, American politician, senior Senator from Connecticut
  • 1945
    Bruce Cockburn, Canadian musician
  • 1946
    Lewis Collins, English actor
  • 1946
    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1947
    Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer
  • 1948
    Wubbo de Boer, Dutch civil servant
  • 1951
    Ana Belén, Spanish singer and actress
  • 1954
    Jackie Slater, American football player
  • 1954
    Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • 1955
    Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter
  • 1955
    Richard Schiff, American actor
  • 1956
    Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor
  • 1957
    Duncan Goodhew, English Olympic swimmer, 1980 gold medalist
  • 1957
    Siouxsie Sioux, English musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • 1958
    Linnea Quigley, American actress
  • 1958
    Neil Finn, New Zealand singer and songwriter (Split Enz, Crowded House)
  • 1961
    Peri Gilpin, American actress
  • 1962
    Ravi Shastri, Indian cricketer
  • 1962
    Ray Borner, Australian basketball player
  • 1962
    Steven Brill, American film writer and director
  • 1964
    Adam Carolla, American comedian and television personality
  • 1964
    Zheng Geping, Singaporean actor
  • 1965
    Pat Cash, Australian tennis player
  • 1965
    Todd Bridges, American actor
  • 1966
    Heston Blumenthal, British chef and restaurateur
  • 1967
    Paul Gascoigne, English footballer
  • 1968
    Frank E. Thomas, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Jeff Bagwell, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Rebekah Brooks, English journalist and newspaper editor
  • 1969
    Dondre Whitfield, American actor
  • 1969
    Jeremy Mayfield, American race car driver
  • 1969
    Todd Hundley, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Cherry Pie Picache, Filipino actress
  • 1970
    Joseph Fiennes, English actor
  • 1970
    Michele Bartoli, Italian cyclist
  • 1970
    Tim Farron, British politician
  • 1971
    Glenn Ross, Northern Irish strongman
  • 1971
    Kaur Kender, Estonian author
  • 1971
    Lee Sharpe, English Footballer
  • 1971
    Lisa Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)
  • 1971
    Mathew Batsiua, Nauruan politician
  • 1971
    Monika Schnarre, Canadian model and actress
  • 1971
    Paul Bettany, English actor
  • 1971
    Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
  • 1972
    Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • 1972
    Todd Demsey, American golfer
  • 1973
    Jack McBrayer, American actor and comedian
  • 1973
    Tana Umaga, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1974
    Danny Wuerffel, American football player
  • 1974
    Derek Webb, American singer and songwriter (Caedmon’s Call)
  • 1974
    Jason Narvy, American actor
  • 1975
    André 3000, American rapper (OutKast)
  • 1975
    Jadakiss, American rapper (D-Block)
  • 1975
    Jamie Oliver, English chef and television personality
  • 1975
    Michael Hussey, Australian cricketer
  • 1976
    RJD2, American hip-hop producer
  • 1977
    Abderrahmane Hammad, Algerian athlete
  • 1977
    Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1977
    Tommie van der Leegte, Dutch footballer
  • 1978
    Adin Brown, American footballer
  • 1979
    Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • 1979
    Stuart Manning, British actor
  • 1980
    Craig Buntin, Canadian figure skater
  • 1981
    Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor
  • 1981
    Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance and cross country runner
  • 1981
    Johan Elmander, Swedish footballer
  • 1981
    Marcelo Bonan. Brazilian footballer
  • 1981
    Miloy, Angolan footballer
  • 1982
    Michael de Grussa, Australian Singer/Songwriter
  • 1982
    Nattie Neidhart, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Bobby Convey, American footballer
  • 1984
    Blake Ahearn, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Darin Brooks, American actor
  • 1984
    Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player
  • 1985
    Chiang Chien-ming, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1985
    Roberto Soldado, Spanish footballer
  • 1986
    Conor Cummins, Manx motorbike racer
  • 1986
    Timo Descamps, Flemish actor and singer
  • 1987
    Eric Kolelas, French actor
  • 1987
    Gervinho, Ivorian footballer
  • 1990
    Chris Colfer, American actor
  • 1991
    Ksenia Pervak, Russian tennis player
  • 1997
    Danny McKinnon, Canadian actor

Who Died On May 27?

  • 366
    Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)
  • 866
    King Ordoño I of Asturias (b. 831)
  • 927
    Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria (b. 864 or 865)
  • 1039
    Dirk III, Count of Holland (b. between 981 and 989)
  • 1444
    John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)
  • 1508
    Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan (b. 1452)
  • 1525
    Thomas Müntzer, German rebel leader (b. c. 1488)
  • 1541
    Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473)
  • 1564
    John Calvin, French religious reformer (b. 1509)
  • 1610
    François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)
  • 1615
    Margaret of Valois, Queen of Henry IV of France (b. 1553)
  • 1661
    Archibald Campbell, Scottish religious dissident (b. 1607)
  • 1675
    Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)
  • 1690
    Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer (b. 1626)
  • 1702
    Dominique Bouhours, French essayist and critic (b. 1628)
  • 1707
    Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1640)
  • 1781
    Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)
  • 1797
    François-Noël Babeuf, French revolutionary (b. 1760)
  • 1831
    Jedediah Strong Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1840
    Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1782)
  • 1896
    Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • 1910
    Robert Koch, German physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1843)
  • 1918
    Ōzutsu Man'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 18th Yokozuna (b. 1869)
  • 1919
    Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social activist (b. 1848)
  • 1926
    Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • 1941
    Ernst Lindemann, German captain, died in sinking of the German battleship Bismarck (b. 1894)
  • 1941
    Gunther Lutjens, German admiral, died in sinking of the German battleship Bismarck (b. 1889)
  • 1945
    Enno Lolling, German SS-Standartenführer died by suicide (b. 1888)
  • 1947
    Ed Konetchy, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1949
    Robert Ripley, American cartoonist (Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) (b. 1890)
  • 1953
    Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • 1960
    James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)
  • 1963
    Gregoris Lambrakis, Greek physician and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1964
    Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician (b. 1889)
  • 1967
    Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)
  • 1967
    W. Otto Miessner, American composer and music educator (b. 1880)
  • 1969
    Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 1973
    P.Ramlee, Malaysian actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1986
    Giorgos Tzifos, Greek actor (b. 1918)
  • 1986
    Isma'il Raji al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 1987
    John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1989
    Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Robert B. Meyner, 44th Governor of New Jersey (b. 1908)
  • 1991
    Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1992
    Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • 1993
    Mary Philbin, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1993
    Werner Stocker, German actor (b. 1955)
  • 1994
    Charles Rodman Campbell, Executed American rapist and killer (b. 1954)
  • 1997
    Matt Gunther, American pornographic actor (b. 1963)
  • 2000
    Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Maurice Richard, Canadian hockey player (b. 1921)
  • 2000
    Sir Crawford Murray MacLehose, Scottish statesman, 25th Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1917)
  • 2001
    Ramon Bieri, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  • 2006
    Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Paul Gleason, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2006
    Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • 2007
    Ed Yost, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Gretchen Wyler, American actress (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard) (b. 1967)
  • 2008
    Franz Künstler, last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 2009
    Abram Hoffer, Canadian Orthomolecular psychiatrist (b. 1917)
  • 2009
    Carol Anne O'Marie, American Roman Catholic nun and mystery novelist (b. 1933)
  • 2009
    Gérard Jean-Juste, Roman Catholic priest and Haitian political activist (b. 1946)
  • 2009
    Paul Sharratt, British-born American television producer (b. 1933)
  • 2009
    Sir Clive Granger, British economist and Nobel Prize winner (b. 1934)
  • 2009
    Sir William Refshauge, Australian public health administrator (b. 1913)
  • 2009
    Thomas Franck, American lawyer (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • 2011
    Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • 2011
    Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 2011
    Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)


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