What happened on August 27? There are more than 291 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 August 27

August 27 In HistoryAugust 27 is the 240th day of the year 2020. There are 126 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 35th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Delray Beach, Florida 33482 sunrise occured at 06:59 AM and sunset occured at 07:46 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Virgo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 169 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For August 27

  • 479 BC
    Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea.
  • 410
    The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ends after three days.
  • 1172
    Henry the Young King and Margaret of France are crowned as junior king and queen of England.
  • 1232
    The Formulary of Adjudications is promulgated by Regent Hōjō Yasutoki. (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 1232)
  • 1593
    Pierre Barrière fails in his attempt to assassinate King Henry IV of France.
  • 1689
    The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire.
  • 1776
    The Battle of Long Island: in what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington.
  • 1793
    French counter-revolution: the port of Toulon revolts and admits the British fleet, which lands troops and seizes the port leading to Siege of Toulon.
  • 1798
    Wolfe Tone’s United Irish and French forces clash with the British Army in the Battle of Castlebar, part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, resulting in the creation of the French puppet Republic of Connaught.
  • 1810
    Napoleonic Wars: The French Navy defeats the British Royal Navy, preventing them from taking the harbour of Grand Port on Île de France.
  • 1813
    French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden.
  • 1828
    Uruguay is formally proclaimed independent at preliminary peace talks brokered by Great Britain between Brazil and Argentina during the Argentina-Brazil War.
  • 1859
    Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
  • 1861
    Union forces attack Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
  • 1883
    The eruption of Krakatoa
  • 1896
    Anglo-Zanzibar War: the shortest war in world history (09:00 to 09:45) between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar.
  • 1916
    Romania declares war against Austria-Hungary, entering World War I as one of the Allied nations.
  • 1921
    The British install the son of Sharif Hussein bin Ali (leader of the Arab Revolt of 1916 against the Ottoman Empire) as King Faisal I of Iraq.
  • 1922
    The Turkish army takes the Aegean city of Afyonkarahisar from the Greeks.
  • 1927
    Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, “Does the word ‘Persons’in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?”
  • 1928
    The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by the first 15 nations to do so. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it.
  • 1939
    First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft.
  • 1943
    Japanese forces evacuate New Georgia Island in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
  • 1957
    The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force.
  • 1962
    The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA.
  • 1969
    Israeli commando force penetrates deep into Egyptian territory to stage a mortar attack on regional Egyptian Army headquarters in the Nile Valley of Upper Egypt.
  • 1971
    An attempted coup fails in the African nation of Chad. The Government of Chad accuses Egypt of playing a role in the attempt and breaks off diplomatic relations.
  • 1975
    The Governor of Portuguese Timor abandons its capital, Dili, and flees to Atauro Island, leaving control to a rebel group.
  • 1979
    A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten and three others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Shortly after, 18 British Army soldiers are killed in an ambush near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland (see Warrenpoint ambush).
  • 1982
    Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Altıkat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital. Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide claim responsibility, saying they are avenging the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
  • 1985
    The Nigerian government is peacefully overthrown by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida.
  • 1991
    Moldova declares independence from the USSR.
  • 1991
    The European Community recognizes the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
  • 1993
    The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo’s Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed.
  • 2000
    540 m-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
  • 2003
    Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34646418 mi distant.
  • 2003
    The first six-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, convene to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
  • 2006
    Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.
  • 2009
    The Burmese military junta and ethnic armies begin three days of violent clashes in the Kokang Special Region.

Who Were Born On August 27?

  • 1407
    Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (d. 1425)
  • 1471
    George, Duke of Saxony (d. 1539)
  • 1487
    Anna of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark (d. 1514)
  • 1637
    Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (d. 1715)
  • 1665
    John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (d. 1751)
  • 1669
    Anne Marie of Orléans, queen of Italy (d. 1728)
  • 1677
    Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (d. 1748)
  • 1698
    Baal Shem Tov, Founder of the Chasiddic movement (d. 1760)
  • 1724
    John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-born Continental Congressman (d. 1781)
  • 1730
    Johann Georg Hamann, German philosopher (d. 1788)
  • 1770
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (d. 1831)
  • 1803
    Edward Beecher, American theologian (d. 1895)
  • 1809
    Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President of the United States of America (d. 1891)
  • 1812
    Bertalan Szemere, Hungarian politician (d. 1869)
  • 1845
    Ödön Lechner, Hungarian architect (d. 1914)
  • 1858
    Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician (d. 1932)
  • 1865
    Charles G. Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1951)
  • 1865
    James Henry Breasted, American Egyptologist (d. 1935)
  • 1868
    Hong Beom-do, Korean independence activist (d. 1943)
  • 1870
    Amado Nervo, Mexican poet (d. 1919)
  • 1871
    Theodore Dreiser, American author (d. 1945)
  • 1874
    Carl Bosch, German chemist Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1875
    Katharine McCormick, American women’s rights activist (d. 1967)
  • 1877
    Charles Rolls, British co-founder of Rolls-Royce (d. 1910)
  • 1877
    Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1963)
  • 1884
    Vincent Auriol, French President (d. 1966)
  • 1886
    Eric Coates, English composer (d. 1957)
  • 1886
    Rebecca Helferich Clarke, English composer and violist (d. 1979)
  • 1890
    Man Ray, American photographer and artist (d. 1976)
  • 1895
    András Alföldi, Hungarian-born historian and archaeologist (d. 1981)
  • 1896
    Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (d. 1984)
  • 1898
    Gaspard Fauteux, French Canadian parliamentarian (d. 1963)
  • 1899
    Byron Foulger, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1899
    C. S. Forester, British author (d. 1966)
  • 1903
    Ferenc Keserű, Hungarian water polo player (d. 1968)
  • 1904
    John Hay Whitney, American financier (d. 1982)
  • 1904
    Norah Lofts, British author (d. 1983)
  • 1905
    Aris Velouchiotis, Greek leader of the resistance organization Greek People’s Liberation Army (d. 1945)
  • 1906
    Ed Gein, American serial killer (d. 1984)
  • 1908
    Kurt Wegner, German artist (d. 1985)
  • 1908
    Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (d. 1973)
  • 1908
    Sir Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer (d. 2001)
  • 1909
    Lester Young, American musician (d. 1959)
  • 1909
    Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (d. 1966)
  • 1911
    Kay Walsh, British actress (d. 2005)
  • 1912
    Gloria Guinness, Mexican socialite and writer(d. 1980)
  • 1913
    Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, Russian-born wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (d. 2006)
  • 1914
    Heidi Kabel, German actress (d. 2010)
  • 1915
    Norman Foster Ramsey, American physicist Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1916
    Martha Raye, American actress (d. 1994)
  • 1916
    Tony Harris, South African cricketer (d. 1993)
  • 1917
    Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • 1918
    Jelle Zijlstra, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1966 until 1967 (d. 2001)
  • 1919
    Murray Grand, American songwriter and cabaret singer (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Leo Penn, American film director (d. 1998)
  • 1924
    David Rowbotham, Australian poet
  • 1925
    Darry Cowl, French actor (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Nat Lofthouse, English footballer (d. 2011)
  • 1926
    Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1926
    Pat Coombs, English actress (d. 2002)
  • 1927
    Jimmy C. Newman, American Country and Western and Cajun Singer
  • 1928
    Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African politician
  • 1928
    Péter Boross, Hungarian politician
  • 1929
    Ira Levin, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Joe Cunningham, American baseball player
  • 1931
    Sri Chinmoy, Indian guru (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Antonia Fraser, British author
  • 1933
    Jenő Hámori, Hungarian fencer
  • 1935
    Ernie Broglio, American baseball player
  • 1935
    Frank Yablans, American film producer
  • 1936
    Joel Kovel, American politician
  • 1937
    Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (d. 2007)
  • 1937
    Tommy Sands, American actor and singer
  • 1939
    Edward Patten, R&B singer with Gladys Knight & the Pips (d. 2005)
  • 1939
    William Least Heat-Moon, American author
  • 1940
    Sonny Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1941
    Harrison Page, American actor
  • 1941
    János Konrád, Hungarian water polo player and swimmer
  • 1942
    Brian Peckford, Canadian politician
  • 1942
    Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille)
  • 1943
    Bob Kerrey, former American Governor and Senator
  • 1943
    Tuesday Weld, American actress
  • 1944
    G. W. Bailey, American actor
  • 1946
    Tony Howard, West Indian cricketer
  • 1947
    Barbara Bach, American actress
  • 1947
    Gavin Pfuhl, South African cricketer (d. 2002)
  • 1947
    Harry Reems, American actor
  • 1947
    John Morrison, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1948
    Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler
  • 1949
    Jeff Cook, vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, fiddle, banjo and mandolin for Alabama
  • 1950
    Charles Fleischer, American actor
  • 1951
    Buddy Bell, American baseball player-manager
  • 1951
    Mack Brown, American University of Texas Head Football Coach
  • 1952
    Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), American actor
  • 1953
    Alex Lifeson, Canadian guitarist (Rush)
  • 1953
    Peter Stormare, Swedish-born actor
  • 1954
    Derek Warwick, British race car driver
  • 1954
    John Lloyd, British tennis player
  • 1955
    Diana Scarwid, American actress
  • 1955
    Laura Fygi, Dutch singer
  • 1955
    Robert Richardson, American cinematographer
  • 1957
    Bernhard Langer, German golfer and two-time Masters champion
  • 1957
    Jeff Grubb, American author and game designer
  • 1958
    Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host
  • 1958
    Sergei Krikalev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1958
    Tom Lanoye, Belgian author
  • 1959
    András Petöcz, Hungarian author
  • 1959
    Downtown Julie Brown, Welsh TV personality and MTV VJ
  • 1959
    Gerhard Berger, Austrian racing driver and F1 team co-owner (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
  • 1959
    Jeanette Winterson, British novelist
  • 1959
    Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist
  • 1961
    Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • 1961
    Yolanda Adams, American gospel singer
  • 1962
    Adam Oates, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1962
    Thomas Duggan, American photographer
  • 1962
    Vic Mignogna, American voice actor
  • 1964
    Robert Bogue, American actor
  • 1965
    Ange Postecoglou, Greek-Australian footballer
  • 1965
    Wayne James, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1966
    Juhan Parts, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • 1967
    Ogie Alcasid, Filipino singer and actor
  • 1969
    Cesar Millan, Mexican dog trainer
  • 1969
    Chandra Wilson, American actress
  • 1969
    Mark Ealham, England cricketer
  • 1969
    Reece Shearsmith, British actor and comedian
  • 1970
    Andy Bichel, Australian cricketer
  • 1970
    Jeff Kenna, Irish footballer
  • 1970
    Jim Thome, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Karl Unterkircher, Italian mountaineer (d. 2008)
  • 1970
    Mark Ilott, England cricketer
  • 1970
    Park Myeong-su, Korean comedian, MC and singer
  • 1970
    Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
  • 1970
    Tony Kanal, English musician (No Doubt)
  • 1971
    Aygül Özkan, German politician
  • 1971
    Ernest Faber, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1971
    Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1972
    Denise Lewis, English heptathlete
  • 1972
    Felix da Housecat, American DJ and record producer
  • 1972
    Jaap-Derk Buma, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1972
    Jimmy Pop, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972
    The Great Khali, Indian professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Burak Kut, Turkish pop singer
  • 1973
    Carlene Begnaud, American professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Cory Bowles, Canadian actor
  • 1973
    Danny Coyne, Welsh footballer
  • 1973
    Dietmar Hamann, German footballer
  • 1973
    Johan Norberg, Swedish author
  • 1974
    José Vidro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1974
    Michael Mason, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1974
    Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1975
    Björn Gelotte, Swedish guitarplayer, In Flames
  • 1975
    Blake Adams, American golfer
  • 1975
    Jonny Moseley, American skier
  • 1975
    Mark Rudan, Australian footballer
  • 1976
    Carlos Moyà, Spanish tennis player
  • 1976
    Mark Webber, Australian racing driver
  • 1976
    Milano Collection Akihito Terui, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1976
    Sarah Chalke, Canadian actress
  • 1977
    Deco, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979
    Aaron Paul, American actor
  • 1979
    Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker and actor
  • 1979
    Rusty Smith, American shorttracker
  • 1979
    Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1979
    Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • 1980
    Kyle Lowder, American actor
  • 1980
    Neha Dhupia, Indian model and actress
  • 1981
    Demetria McKinney, American actress
  • 1981
    Maxwell Cabelino Andrade, Spanish footballer
  • 1982
    Damien Monier, French cyclist
  • 1983
    Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
  • 1984
    David Bentley, English footballer
  • 1984
    Sulley Muntari, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1985
    Alexandra Nechita, Romanian/American artist
  • 1986
    Mario, American R&B singer
  • 1986
    Nabil El Zhar, Moroccan footballer
  • 1987
    Darren McFadden, American football player
  • 1988
    Alexa Vega, American actress
  • 1992
    Kim Petras, German singer
  • 1993
    Sarah Hecken, German figure skater

Who Died On August 27?

  • 542
    Saint Caesarius of Arles
  • 749
    Qahtaba ibn Shabib al-Ta'i, Abbasid general
  • 827
    Pope Eugene II
  • 1312
    Arthur II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1262)
  • 1394
    Chokei, Emperor of Japan (b. 1343)
  • 1450
    Reginald West, 6th Baron De La Warr, English politician (b. 1395)
  • 1521
    Josquin des Prez, Flemish composer
  • 1545
    Piotr Gamrat, Polish Catholic archbishop (b. 1487)
  • 1572
    Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1577
    Titian, Italian artist
  • 1590
    Pope Sixtus V (b. 1521)
  • 1635
    Félix Lope de Vega, Spanish poet and playwright (b. 1562)
  • 1664
    Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter (b. 1598)
  • 1748
    James Thomson, Scottish poet (b. 1700)
  • 1773
    Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, Prussian general (b. 1721)
  • 1828
    Eise Eisinga, Dutch amateur astronomer who built an orrery in his house in Franeker (b. 1744)
  • 1857
    Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American literary critic and editor (b. 1815)
  • 1865
    Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian author (b. 1796)
  • 1871
    William Whiting Boardman, American politician (b. 1794)
  • 1875
    William Chapman Ralston, American banker (b. 1826)
  • 1909
    Emil Christian Hansen, Danish fermentation physiologist (b. 1842)
  • 1929
    Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket scientist (b. 1892)
  • 1931
    Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • 1931
    Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (b. 1856)
  • 1931
    Willem Hubert Nolens, Dutch politician and priest (b. 1860)
  • 1934
    Linda Agostini, Australian murder victim known as the “Pyjama Girl” (b. 1905)
  • 1944
    Georg von Boeselager, German nobleman (b. 1915)
  • 1945
    Hubert Pál Álgyay, Hungarian engineer (b. 1894)
  • 1948
    Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • 1958
    Ernest Lawrence, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1961
    Kálmán Rózsahegyi, Hungarian Jewish actor and teacher (b. 1873)
  • 1963
    Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1963
    Garrett Morgan, American inventor (b. 1877)
  • 1963
    W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist and scholar (b. 1868)
  • 1964
    Gracie Allen, American actress and comedienne (b. 1895)
  • 1965
    Le Corbusier, Swiss architect (b. 1887)
  • 1967
    Brian Epstein, English manager of The Beatles (b. 1934)
  • 1968
    Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (b. 1906)
  • 1969
    Erika Mann, German writer and daughter of Thomas Mann (b. 1905)
  • 1969
    Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist (b. 1884)
  • 1971
    Bennett Cerf, American publisher and television personality (b. 1898)
  • 1971
    Margaret Bourke-White, American photo-journalist (b. 1906)
  • 1975
    Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (b. 1892)
  • 1976
    Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • 1979
    Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British admiral and statesman (assassinated) (b. 1900)
  • 1980
    Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • 1981
    Valeri Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 1984
    Bernard Youens, English actor (b. 1914)
  • 1987
    Scott “La Rock” Sterling, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • 1988
    Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
  • 1988
    William Sargant, British psychiatrist (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (b. 1954)
  • 1994
    Frank Jeske, East German footballer (b. 1960)
  • 1996
    Greg Morris, American actor (b. 1933)
  • 1997
    Sotiria Bellou, Greek singer (b. 1921)
  • 1998
    Essie Summers, New Zealand writer (b. 1912)
  • 1999
    Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • 2001
    Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • 2001
    Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • 2002
    Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, “Father of the Modern Day Men’s Movement,” Founder of the Christian Men’s Network (CMN) (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    Peter-Paul Pigmans, Dutch gabber music producer (b. 1961)
  • 2003
    Pierre Poujade, French politician (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Willie Crawford, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • 2006
    María Capovilla, oldest living person from 2004–2006 (b. 1889)
  • 2007
    Emma Penella, Spanish actress (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1970)
  • 2009
    Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    Anton Geesink, Dutch 10th-dan judoka (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)

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