What happened on January 27? There are more than 295 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 January 27

January 27 In HistoryJanuary 27 is the 27th day of the year 2021. There are 338 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 4th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Furman, South Carolina 29921 sunrise occured at 07:21 AM and sunset occured at 05:53 PM (local time).

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

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 16 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For January 27

  • 98
    Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva.
  • 661
    The Rashidun Caliphate ends with death of Ali.
  • 1142
    Execution, believed wrongful, of noted Song Dynasty General Yue Fei.
  • 1186
    Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, marries Constance of Sicily.
  • 1343
    Pope Clement VI issues the Bull Unigenitus.
  • 1593
    The Vatican opens seven year trial of scholar Giordano Bruno.
  • 1606
    Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.
  • 1695
    Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa rules until his abdication in 1703.
  • 1785
    The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
  • 1825
    The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears”.
  • 1868
    Boshin War: The Battle of Toba-Fushimi between forces of the Tokugawa shogunate and pro-Imperial factions begins, which will end in defeat for the shogunate, and is a pivotal point in the Meiji Restoration.
  • 1870
    The Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity is founded at DePauw University.
  • 1888
    The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1909
    The Young Left is founded in Norway.
  • 1927
    Ibn Saud takes the title of King of Nejd.
  • 1939
    First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
  • 1943
    World War II: The VIII Bomber Command dispatched ninety-one B-17s and B-24s to attack the U-Boat construction yards at Wilhemshafen, Germany. The first American bombing attack on Germany.
  • 1944
    World War II: The 900-day Siege of Leningrad is lifted.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
  • 1951
    Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.
  • 1961
    Soviet submarine S-80 sinks with all hands lost.
  • 1967
    Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  • 1967
    The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.
  • 1971
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 1973
    The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict’s last recorded American combat casualty.
  • 1974
    The Brisbane River breaches its banks causing the largest flood to affect the city of Brisbane in the 20th Century
  • 1980
    Through cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian governments, six American diplomats secretly escape hostilities in Iran in the culmination of the Canadian caper.
  • 1983
    The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, the world’s longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshū and Hokkaidō, breaks through.
  • 1984
    Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.
  • 1993
    American-born sumo wrestler Akebono Tarō becomes the first foreigner to be promoted to the sport’s highest rank of yokozuna.
  • 1996
    Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • 1996
    In a military coup Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.
  • 2002
    An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, kills at least 1,100 people and displaces over 20,000 others.
  • 2003
    The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.
  • 2006
    Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.
  • 2010
    The 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis ends when Porfirio Lobo Sosa becomes the new President of Honduras.

Who Were Born On January 27?

  • 1443
    Albert, Duke of Saxony (d. 1500)
  • 1546
    Joachim Friedrich, Elector of Brandenburg (d. 1608)
  • 1585
    Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)
  • 1603
    Harbottle Grimston, English politician (d. 1685)
  • 1621
    Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)
  • 1662
    Richard Bentley, English classical scholar (d. 1742)
  • 1687
    Johann Balthasar Neumann, German architect (d. 1753)
  • 1701
    Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim, German historian (d. 1790)
  • 1708
    Anna Petrovna of Russia (d. 1728)
  • 1720
    Samuel Foote, English dramatist (d. 1777)
  • 1741
    Hester Thrale, Welsh diarist (d. 1821)
  • 1756
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1791)
  • 1774
    Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, German philosopher (d. 1854)
  • 1805
    Maria Anna of Bavaria, Queen consort of Saxony (d. 1877)
  • 1805
    Samuel Palmer, English artist (d. 1881)
  • 1805
    Sophie of Bavaria, Archduchess of Austria (d. 1872)
  • 1806
    Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (d. 1826)
  • 1807
    David Strauss, German theologian and writer (d. 1874)
  • 1814
    Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (d. 1879)
  • 1821
    John Chivington, American officer (d. 1892)
  • 1823
    Edouard Lalo, French composer (d. 1892)
  • 1826
    Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian writer (d. 1889)
  • 1826
    Richard Taylor, American confederate general (d. 1879)
  • 1827
    Nakahama Manjirō, Japanese translator (d. 1898)
  • 1832
    Lewis Carroll, English author (d. 1898)
  • 1836
    Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (d. 1895)
  • 1841
    Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1848
    Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)
  • 1850
    Edward J. Smith, English captain of the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
  • 1850
    John Collier, British writer and painter (d. 1934)
  • 1850
    Samuel Gompers, American labor leader (d. 1924)
  • 1859
    Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1875
    Elizabeth Israel, Purported world’s oldest person (d. 2003)
  • 1885
    Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • 1885
    Jerome Kern, American composer (d. 1945)
  • 1885
    Maeda Seison, Japanese painter (d. 1977)
  • 1886
    Radhabinod Pal, Indian jurist (d. 1967)
  • 1891
    Ilya Ehrenburg, Russian writer (d. 1967)
  • 1893
    Soong Ching-ling, Chinese wife of Sun Yat-sen (d. 1981)
  • 1895
    Harry Ruby, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1895
    Joseph Rosenstock, Polish conductor (d. 1985)
  • 1900
    Hyman Rickover, American admiral (d. 1986)
  • 1901
    Art Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers founder and owner (d. 1988)
  • 1901
    Willy Fritsch, German actor (d. 1973)
  • 1903
    John Carew Eccles, Australian neuropsychologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1903
    Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • 1904
    James J. Gibson, American ecological psychologist (d. 1973)
  • 1905
    Howard McNear, American actor (d. 1969)
  • 1908
    Oran Page, American musician (jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader) (d. 1954)
  • 1908
    William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (d. 1993)
  • 1910
    Edvard Kardelj, Yugoslav Communist politician (d. 1979)
  • 1912
    Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (d. 2009)
  • 1912
    Francis Rogallo, American aeronautical engineer (d. 2009)
  • 1915
    Jacques Hnizdovsky, Ukrainian-born artist (d. 1985)
  • 1915
    Jules Archer, American historian (d. 2008)
  • 1918
    Elmore James, American blues musician (d. 1963)
  • 1918
    Skitch Henderson, American bandleader (d. 2005)
  • 1918
    William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)
  • 1919
    Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., American musician (d. 1972)
  • 1920
    Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • 1920
    John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)
  • 1921
    Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1924
    Sabu Dastagir, Indian actor (d. 1963)
  • 1926
    Fritz Spiegl, Austrian journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1926
    Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Jerry Haynes, American actor d. 2011
  • 1928
    Hans Modrow, German politician, premier of East Germany
  • 1928
    Michael Craig, British actor
  • 1929
    Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist (d. 1984)
  • 1930
    Bobby Blue Bland, American singer
  • 1931
    Mordecai Richler, Canadian author (d. 2001)
  • 1932
    Boris Shakhlin, Soviet gymnast (d. 2008)
  • 1933
    Mohamed Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman
  • 1934
    George Follmer, American racecar driver
  • 1936
    Samuel C. C. Ting, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1936
    Troy Donahue, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1937
    Fred Åkerström, Swedish singer
  • 1937
    John Ogdon, English pianist (d. 1989)
  • 1940
    James Cromwell, American actor
  • 1940
    Petru Lucinschi, second President of Moldova
  • 1940
    Terry Harper, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1941
    Beatrice Tinsley, New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist (d. 1981)
  • 1942
    John Witherspoon, American actor
  • 1942
    Kate Wolf, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1942
    Stewart Raffill, American film director
  • 1944
    Mairéad Corrigan, Irish activist, Nobel laureate
  • 1944
    Nick Mason, English drummer (Pink Floyd)
  • 1944
    Peter Akinola, Nigerian religious leader
  • 1945
    Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader (d. 2005)
  • 1946
    Nedra Talley, American singer (Ronettes)
  • 1947
    Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • 1947
    Cal Schenkel, American artist
  • 1947
    Vyron Polydoras, Greek politician
  • 1948
    Jean-Philippe Collard, French pianist
  • 1948
    Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1948
    Valeri Brainin, Russian/German musicologist, music manager, composer, and poet
  • 1949
    Ethan Mordden, American author
  • 1950
    Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • 1950
    Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
  • 1951
    Brian Downey, Irish musician (drummer) (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1952
    “White Shoes” Johnson, American football player
  • 1954
    Ed Schultz, American radio talk show host
  • 1954
    Jōkō Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • 1954
    Peter Laird, American comic book artist
  • 1955
    Alexander Stuart, British author
  • 1955
    Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955
    John G. Roberts, American jurist and the 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • 1955
    Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956
    Mimi Rogers, American actress
  • 1957
    Frank Miller, American comic book author and film director
  • 1957
    Frank Skinner, English writer and comedian
  • 1957
    Janick Gers, British guitarist (Iron Maiden)
  • 1958
    James Grippando, American novelist
  • 1958
    Kadri Mälk, Estonian artist and jewelry designer
  • 1958
    Susanna Thompson, American actress
  • 1959
    Cris Collinsworth, American football player
  • 1959
    Göran Hägglund, Swedish politician
  • 1959
    Keith Olbermann, American news anchor & political commentator
  • 1960
    Bernd Stieler, German footballer
  • 1961
    Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
  • 1961
    Gillian Gilbert, British musician (New Order)
  • 1961
    Karen Velez, American model
  • 1961
    Margo Timmins, Canadian singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 1961
    Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • 1962
    Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • 1963
    Mark Moraghan, British actor and singer
  • 1964
    Bridget Fonda, American actress
  • 1964
    Jack Haley, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Alan Cumming, Scottish actor
  • 1965
    Mike Newell, English football manager
  • 1967
    Bobby Deol, Indian actor
  • 1967
    Byron Mann, Hong Kong actor
  • 1967
    Dave Manson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Deb Talan, American folk singer and songwriter (The Weepies)
  • 1968
    Matt Stover, American football player
  • 1968
    Mike Patton, American singer-songwriter (Faith No More)
  • 1968
    Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • 1968
    Tricky, English rapper
  • 1969
    Cornelius, Japanese musician and producer (Flipper’s Guitar)
  • 1969
    Marc Forster, German-Swiss filmmaker
  • 1969
    Michael Kulas, Canadian singer (James)
  • 1969
    Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer
  • 1970
    Emmanuel Pahud, Swiss-born flautist
  • 1971
    Fann Wong, Singaporean actress
  • 1971
    Lil Jon, American rapper
  • 1971
    Patrice Brisebois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • 1972
    Josh Randall, American actor
  • 1972
    Keith Wood, Irish rugby player
  • 1972
    Mark Owen, English pop singer
  • 1972
    Wynne Evans, Welsh operatic tenor
  • 1974
    Andrei Pavel, Romanian tennis player
  • 1974
    Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1974
    Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Nordic biathlete
  • 1976
    Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • 1976
    Clint Ford, American voice actor
  • 1976
    Fred Taylor, American football player
  • 1976
    Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1976
    Todd MacCulloch, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Zoriah Miller, American photojournalist
  • 1978
    Jake Pavelka, American reality TV star (The Bachelor)
  • 1978
    Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979
    Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1979
    Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • 1979
    Mario Fatafehi, American football player
  • 1979
    Rosamund Pike, British actress
  • 1980
    Chanda Gunn, American ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
  • 1981
    Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • 1981
    Tony Woodcock, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1983
    Carlo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Deon Anderson, American football player
  • 1983
    Gavin Floyd, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Mike Zagurski, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Paulo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Tim Kasten, German rugby player
  • 1984
    Davetta Sherwood, American actress
  • 1986
    Giorgi Loria, Georgian footballer
  • 1987
    Katy Rose, American pop singer
  • 1987
    Lily Donaldson, British model
  • 1988
    Kerlon, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988
    Liu Wen, Chinese model
  • 1988
    Toni Gänge, German footballer
  • 1989
    Carl Magnay, British footballer
  • 1989
    Daisy Lowe, British model
  • 1989
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Dutch footballer
  • 1990
    Maria-Elena Papasotiriou, Greek-American figure skater
  • 1992
    Stefano Pettinari, Italian professional footballer

Who Died On January 27?

  • 98
    Nerva, Roman Emperor (b. 35)
  • 661
    Ali, the final Sunni Rashidun and first Shia Imam
  • 1490
    Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)
  • 1540
    Saint Angela Merici, Italian religious leader and saint (b. 1474)
  • 1595
    Sir Francis Drake, English explorer (b. c.1540)
  • 1629
    Hieronymus Praetorius, German composer (b. 1560)
  • 1638
    Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, Spanish novelist (b. 1585?)
  • 1689
    Robert Aske, merchant whose charitable foundation operates Haberdashers‘ Aske’s Boys School and Haberdashers’Aske’s School for Girls (b. 1619)
  • 1731
    Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian musical instrument maker (b. 1655)
  • 1740
    Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (b. 1692)
  • 1794
    Antoine Philippe de La Trémoille, French royalist commander and counterrevolutionary (b. 1765)
  • 1812
    Captain John Perkins, first black commissioned officer in the Royal Navy
  • 1814
    Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (b. 1762)
  • 1816
    Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral (b. 1724)
  • 1851
    John James Audubon, French-born naturalist and ornithologist (b. 1789)
  • 1857
    Dorothea Lieven, Russian noblewoman (b. 1785)
  • 1860
    János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1802)
  • 1880
    Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)
  • 1901
    Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (b. 1813)
  • 1910
    Thomas Crapper, English inventor (b. 1836)
  • 1919
    Endre Ady, Hungarian poet (b. 1877)
  • 1921
    Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)
  • 1922
    Nellie Bly, American journalist and writer (b. 1864)
  • 1927
    Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop (b. 1871)
  • 1931
    Nishinoumi Kajirō II, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 25th Yokozuna (b. 1880)
  • 1940
    Isaac Babel, Ukrainian writer (b. 1894)
  • 1942
    Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)
  • 1956
    Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1967
    Alphonse Juin, Marshal of France (b. 1888)
  • 1967
    Edward White – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1930)
  • 1967
    Roger Chaffee – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1935)
  • 1967
    Virgil “Gus” Grissom – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1926)
  • 1970
    Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • 1971
    Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
  • 1972
    Mahalia Jackson, American singer (b. 1911)
  • 1972
    Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (b. 1888)
  • 1973
    William Nolde, last American combat casualty of Vietnam War (b. 1929)
  • 1974
    Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army (b. 1898)
  • 1975
    Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • 1979
    Qalander Ba Ba Auliya, Sufi master (b. 1898)
  • 1983
    Louis de Funès, French actor (b. 1914)
  • 1986
    Lilli Palmer, German-born actress (b. 1914)
  • 1987
    Norman McLaren, Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director (b. 1914)
  • 1988
    Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • 1989
    Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1989
    Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • 1992
    Clara Solovera, Chilean folk musician (b. 1909)
  • 1993
    André the Giant, French professional wrestler and actor (b. 1946)
  • 1994
    Claude Akins, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1996
    Ralph Yarborough, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 1997
    Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • 2000
    Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2001
    Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • 2003
    Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Louis Archambault, Canadian sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Shah A M S Kibria, Finance Minister of Bangladesh (b. 1931)
  • 2006
    Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (disappeared) (b. 1965)
  • 2006
    Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Alberta Davis, American supercentenerian ( b. 1881)
  • 2007
    Tige Andrews, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • 2008
    Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader (b. 1910)
  • 2008
    Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Suharto, President of Indonesia (b. 1921)
  • 2009
    John Updike, American novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
  • 2010
    Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    J. D. Salinger, American novelist (b. 1919)
  • 2010
    Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)

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