What happened on October 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 October 27

October 27 In HistoryOctober 27 is the 301st day of the year 2020. There are 65 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 44th week of the year 2020.

On this day in New Brighton, Pennsylvania 15066 sunrise occured at 07:47 AM and sunset occured at 06:22 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Scorpio. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 108 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For October 27

  • 312
    Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.
  • 710
    Saracen invasion of Sardinia.
  • 939
    Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England.
  • 1275
    Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam.
  • 1524
    Italian Wars: The French troops lay siege to Pavia.
  • 1553
    Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus is burned at the stake just outside Geneva.
  • 1644
    Second Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.
  • 1682
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded.
  • 1795
    The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Madrid, which establishes the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S.
  • 1806
    The French Army enters Berlin.
  • 1810
    United States annexes the former Spanish colony of West Florida.
  • 1827
    Bellini’s third opera Il pirata is premiered at Teatro alla Scala di Milano
  • 1838
    Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
  • 1870
    Marshal François Achille Bazaine surrenders to Prussian forces at Metz along with 140,000 French soldiers in one of the biggest French defeats of the Franco-Prussian War.
  • 1904
    The first underground New York City Subway line opens; the system becomes the biggest in United States, and one of the biggest in world.
  • 1914
    World War I: The British super-dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious (23,400 tons), is sunk off Tory Island, north-west of Ireland, by a minefield laid by the armed German merchant-cruiser Berlin.
  • 1916
    Battle of Segale: Negus Mikael, marching on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son Emperor Iyasus V, is defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, securing the throne for Empress Zauditu.
  • 1922
    A referendum in Rhodesia rejects the country’s annexation to the South African Union.
  • 1924
    The Uzbek SSR is founded in the Soviet Union.
  • 1930
    ratifications exchanged in London, for the first London Naval Treaty signed in April modifying the 1925 Washington Naval Treaty and the arms limitation treaty’s modified provisions go into effect immediately; further limiting the expensive naval arms race between its five signatories.
  • 1936
    Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne.
  • 1944
    World War II: German forces capture Banská Bystrica during Slovak National Uprising thus bringing it to an end.
  • 1948
    Léopold Sédar Senghor founds the Senegalese Democratic Bloc.
  • 1953
    British nuclear test Totem 2 is carried out at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • 1954
    Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
  • 1958
    Iskander Mirza, the first President of Pakistan, is deposed in a bloodless coup d'état by General Ayub Khan, who had been appointed the enforcer of martial law by Mirza 20 days earlier.
  • 1961
    Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations.
  • 1961
    NASA launches the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.
  • 1962
    A plane carrying Enrico Mattei, post-war Italian administrator, crashes in mysterious circumstances.
  • 1962
    Major Rudolf Anderson of the United States Air Force becomes the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 reconnaissance airplane is shot down in Cuba by a Soviet-supplied SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile.
  • 1964
    Ronald Reagan delivers a speech on behalf of Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launched his political career and came to be known as “A Time for Choosing”.
  • 1967
    Catholic priest Philip Berrigan and others of the Baltimore Four protest the Vietnam War by pouring blood on Selective Service records.
  • 1971
    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
  • 1973
    The Cañon City meteorite, a 1.4 kg chondrite type meteorite, strikes in Fremont County, Colorado.
  • 1981
    The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
  • 1986
    The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang.
  • 1988
    Ronald Reagan decides to tear down the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure.
  • 1991
    Turkmenistan achieves independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1992
    United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is brutally murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay, precipitating first military, then national, debate about gays in the military that resulted in the United States “Don't ask, don't tell” military policy.
  • 1994
    Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified.
  • 1994
    The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in American history.
  • 1995
    Former Prime Minister of Italy Bettino Craxi is convicted in absentia of corruption.
  • 1995
    Latvia applies for membership in the European Union.
  • 1997
    October 27, 1997 mini-crash: Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 554.26 points to 7,161.15.
  • 1999
    Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
  • 2004
    Major League Baseball: The Boston Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving the team their first World Series championship since 1918.
  • 2005
    Riots begin in Paris after the deaths of two Muslim teenagers.
  • 2005
    The SSETI Express micro-satellite is successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
  • 2011
    The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE - it is likely to be Japanese.

Who Were Born On October 27?

  • 1156
    Count Raymond VI of Toulouse (d. 1222)
  • 1401
    Catherine of Valois, queen of Henry V of England (d. 1437)
  • 1728
    James Cook, British naval captain and explorer (d. 1779)
  • 1744
    Mary Moser, English painter (d. 1819)
  • 1760
    August von Gneisenau, Prussian field marshal (d. 1831)
  • 1766
    Nancy Storace, the first soprano to sing Susanna in Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro (d. 1817)
  • 1782
    Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1840)
  • 1806
    Juan Seguín, Tejano commander during Texas Revolution (d. 1890)
  • 1811
    Isaac Singer, American inventor (d. 1875)
  • 1811
    Stevens Thomson Mason, 1st Governor of Michigan (d. 1843)
  • 1814
    Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1838
    John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1842
    Giovanni Giolitti, Italian statesman (d. 1928)
  • 1844
    Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1916)
  • 1854
    Sir William Smith, Scottish founder of the Boys’ Brigade (d. 1914)
  • 1858
    Theodore Roosevelt, American politician, 33rd Governor of New York, 25th Vice President of the United States, 26th President of the United States, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1919)
  • 1865
    Charles Spencelayh, English painter (d. 1958)
  • 1869
    Viola Allen, actress (d. 1948)
  • 1873
    Emily Post, American etiquette author (d. 1960)
  • 1877
    George Thompson, English cricketer (d. 1943)
  • 1885
    Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (d. 1948)
  • 1894
    Oliver Leese, British general (d. 1978)
  • 1896
    Edith Brown, survivor of the Titanic (d. 1997)
  • 1904
    Erno Schwarz, Hungarian American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • 1906
    Earle Cabell, American politician (d. 1975)
  • 1906
    Kazuo Ohno, Japanese dancer (d. 2010)
  • 1908
    Lee Krasner, American painter (d. 1984)
  • 1910
    Jack Carson, Canadian actor (d. 1963)
  • 1911
    Leif Erickson, American actor and singer (d. 1986)
  • 1913
    Joe Medicine Crow, American tribal historian and anthropologist
  • 1914
    Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (d. 1953)
  • 1915
    Harry Saltzman, American film producer (d. 1994)
  • 1917
    Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    Oliver Tambo, South African freedom fighter (d. 1993)
  • 1918
    Teresa Wright, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    K. R. Narayanan, 10th President of India (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Nanette Fabray, American actress
  • 1921
    Warren Allen Smith, American encyclopedist
  • 1922
    Michel Galabru, French actor
  • 1922
    Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1922
    Ralph Kiner, American baseball player
  • 1923
    Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (d. 1997)
  • 1924
    Ruby Dee, American actress
  • 1925
    Warren Christopher, American diplomat and 63rd United States Secretary of State (d. 2011)
  • 1926
    H.R. Haldeman, American political aide and 4th White House Chief of Staff (d. 1993)
  • 1928
    Gilles Vigneault, Canadian poet, singer and songwriter
  • 1929
    Maurice Robert Johnston, English Lieutenant-General
  • 1931
    Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian writer
  • 1932
    Dolores Moore, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1932
    Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Sylvia Plath, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1933
    Floyd Cramer, American popular pianist (d. 1997)
  • 1934
    Giorgos Konstantinou, Greek actor and director
  • 1935
    Frank Adonis, American actor
  • 1937
    Lara Parker, American actress
  • 1939
    John Cleese, British actor and writer
  • 1940
    John Gotti, American crime boss (d. 2002)
  • 1940
    Maxine Hong Kingston, American writer
  • 1941
    Dick Trickle, American auto racer
  • 1942
    Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Polish politician
  • 1942
    Lee Greenwood, American singer
  • 1943
    Carmen Argenziano, American actor
  • 1943
    Jerry Rook, American basketball player
  • 1945
    John Kane, actor/writer
  • 1945
    Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, 35th President of Brazil
  • 1946
    Carrie Snodgress, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Ivan Reitman, Czechoslovakian-born Canadian film actor, producer and director
  • 1949
    Clifford Antone, American businessman (d. 2006)
  • 1949
    Garry Tallent, American bass player (E Street Band)
  • 1950
    Fran Lebowitz, American writer
  • 1950
    Július Šupler, Slovak ice-hockey coach
  • 1951
    Éric Morena, French singer
  • 1951
    Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
  • 1951
    Jayne Kennedy, American actress, model and sportscaster
  • 1951
    K.K. Downing, English guitarist (Judas Priest)
  • 1951
    Nancy Jacobs, American politician
  • 1952
    Francis Fukuyama, American philosopher
  • 1952
    Hameed Haroon, Pakistani publisher
  • 1952
    Roberto Benigni, Italian director and actor
  • 1952
    Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish singer
  • 1953
    Peter Firth, British actor
  • 1953
    Robert Picardo, American actor
  • 1954
    Jan Duursema, American comic book artist
  • 1955
    Debra Bowen, American politician
  • 1956
    Babis Tsertos, Greek singer and musician
  • 1956
    Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer
  • 1956
    Veronica Hart, American porn actress
  • 1957
    Glenn Hoddle, English footballer
  • 1957
    Jeff East, American actor
  • 1958
    Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (d. 2009)
  • 1958
    Lee Carter, American jurist
  • 1958
    Simon Le Bon, English singer (Duran Duran)
  • 1959
    Rick Carlisle, American basketball coach
  • 1960
    Tom Nieto, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Farin Urlaub, German singer and guitarist (Die Ärzte)
  • 1963
    Marla Maples, American actress and model
  • 1964
    Mark Taylor, Australian test cricket captain (1994-1999)
  • 1966
    Hege Nerland, Norwegian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1966
    Matt Drudge, American blogger
  • 1967
    Dejan Raičković, Montenegrin footballer
  • 1967
    Scott Weiland, American singer (Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver)
  • 1967
    Simone Moro, Italian mountaineer
  • 1967
    Steve Almond, American author
  • 1968
    Vinny Samways, English footballer
  • 1969
    Peter O'Meara, Irish actor
  • 1970
    Adrian Erlandsson, Swedish drummer (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1970
    Alama Ieremia, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1970
    Felix Bwalya, Zambian boxer
  • 1971
    Jade Arcade, American comics artist and writer
  • 1971
    Jorge Soto, Peruvian footballer
  • 1971
    Stefano Guidoni, Italian footballer
  • 1971
    Theodoros Zagorakis, Greek footballer
  • 1972
    Brad Radke, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Elissa, Lebanese singer
  • 1972
    Evan Coyne Maloney, American filmmaker
  • 1972
    Lee Clark, English footballer
  • 1972
    Maria de Lurdes Mutola, Mozambican athlete
  • 1972
    Marika Krook, Finnish singer (Edea)
  • 1973
    Jason Johnson, American baseball pitcher
  • 1975
    Nicola Mazzucato, Italian rugby union player and coach
  • 1976
    Wilson Júnior, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977
    Jiří Jarošík, Czech footballer
  • 1977
    Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1977
    Sheeri Rappaport, American actress
  • 1978
    Sergei Samsonov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Stephanie Abrams, American meteorologist
  • 1978
    Vanessa-Mae, Singapore musician
  • 1980
    Tanel Padar, Estonian singer
  • 1981
    Han Hye-jin, South Korean actress
  • 1981
    Kristi Richards, Canadian freestyle skier
  • 1981
    Salem Al Fakir, Swedish musician and singer
  • 1981
    Volkan Demirel, Turkish footballer
  • 1982
    Dennis Moran, American computer hacker
  • 1982
    Patrick Fugit, American actor
  • 1982
    Takashi Tsukamoto, Japanese actor
  • 1983
    Brent Clevlen, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Martín Prado, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1984
    Bam Doyne, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Brady Quinn, American football player
  • 1984
    Emilie Ullerup, Danish actress
  • 1984
    Irfan Pathan, Indian cricketer
  • 1984
    Kelly Osbourne, English television personality
  • 1984
    Kostas Kapetanos, Greek footballer
  • 1986
    Jon Niese, American baseball player
  • 1986
    Matty Pattison, English footballer
  • 1987
    Andrew Bynum, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Guillaume Franke, French-born German rugby player
  • 1987
    Thelma Aoyama, Japanese singer
  • 1987
    Victor Genev, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1987
    Yi Jianlian, Chinese basketball player (birth date disputed)
  • 1988
    Evan Turner, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Dimitrios Gkourtsas, Greek footballer
  • 1990
    Oktavianus Maniani, Indonesian footballer
  • 1994
    Eddie Alderson, American actor
  • 1995
    Cooper Pillot, American actor
  • 1997
    Eden Taylor-Draper, English actress

Who Died On October 27?

  • 939
    King Athelstan I of England (b. 895)
  • 1271
    Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, French crusader (b. 1213)
  • 1312
    John II, Duke of Brabant (b. 1275)
  • 1327
    Elizabeth de Burgh, queen of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1289)
  • 1331
    Abu al-Fida, Kurdish historian, geographer, and tribal leader (b. 1273)
  • 1430
    Grand Duke Vytautas the Great of Lithuania (b. 1350)
  • 1439
    Albert II of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1397)
  • 1449
    Ulugh Beg, Persian ruler and astronomer (b. 1394)
  • 1505
    Ivan III of Russia (b. 1440)
  • 1553
    Miguel Servet aka Michael Servetus, Spanish theologian and doctor (b. 1511)
  • 1561
    Lope de Aguirre, Spanish conquistador (b. 1510)
  • 1573
    Laurentius Petri, Swedish religious figure (b. 1499)
  • 1605
    Emperor Jellaladin Mahommed Akbar of Mughal (b. 1542)
  • 1617
    Ralph Winwood, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1670
    Vavasor Powell, Welsh religious figure (b. 1617)
  • 1674
    Hallgrímur Pétursson, Icelandic poet (b. 1614)
  • 1675
    Gilles de Roberval, French mathematician (b. 1602)
  • 1789
    John Cook, American farmer and politician (b. 1730)
  • 1880
    Thrasyvoulos Zaimis, Greek politician, twice Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1822)
  • 1917
    Arthur Rhys Davids, British pilot (b. 1897)
  • 1927
    Joseph “Squizzy” Taylor, Australian organized crime figure (b. 1888)
  • 1935
    E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (b. 1897)
  • 1942
    Helmuth Hubener, German anti-Nazi activist (b. 1925)
  • 1947
    William Fay, Irish actor and theatre producer (b. 1872)
  • 1949
    Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • 1949
    Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (b. 1916)
  • 1953
    Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • 1962
    Enrico Mattei, Italian politician (b. 1906)
  • 1962
    Rudolf Anderson, American pilot and officer (b. 1927)
  • 1968
    Lise Meitner, German physicist (b. 1878)
  • 1974
    C. P. Ramanujam, Indian mathematician (b. 1938)
  • 1975
    Rex Stout, American novelist (b. 1886)
  • 1976
    Deryck Cooke, British musicologist (b. 1919)
  • 1977
    James M. Cain, American novelist (b. 1892)
  • 1980
    John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1980
    Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • 1980
    Steve Peregrin Took, British singer and songwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1990
    Elliott Roosevelt, American author and advertising executive (b. 1910)
  • 1990
    Jacques Demy, French film director (b. 1931)
  • 1990
    Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, daughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (b. 1901)
  • 1990
    Ugo Tognazzi, Italian actor (b. 1922)
  • 1990
    Xavier Cugat, Spanish-born musician (b. 1900)
  • 1991
    George Barker, British poet (b. 1913)
  • 1992
    David Bohm, American-born British quantum physicist (b. 1917)
  • 1996
    Arthur Tremblay, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • 1996
    Morey Amsterdam, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1999
    Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer (b. 1903)
  • 1999
    Robert Mills, American physicist (b. 1927)
  • 2000
    Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2001
    Pradeep Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1925)
  • 2002
    Tom Dowd, American recording engineer (b. 1925)
  • 2003
    Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • 2003
    Stephanie Tyrell, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1949)
  • 2004
    Lester Lanin, American bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • 2004
    Zdenko Runjić, Croatian composor (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Brad Will, American anarchist and journalist (b. 1970)
  • 2006
    Joe Niekro, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Jozsef Gregor, Hungarian opera singer (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Marlin McKeever, American football player (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Reko Lundán, Finnish writer (b. 1969)
  • 2007
    Moira Lister, South African actress (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Satyen Kappu, Indian actor (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Chris Bryant, British screenwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2008
    Frank Nagai, Japanese singer (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Ray Ellis, American record producer and arranger (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Roy Stewart, Jamaican-born British actor and fitness industry figure (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    August Coppola, American academic; father of Nicolas Cage (b. 1934)
  • 2009
    David Shepherd, British cricket umpire (b. 1940)
  • 2009
    John David Carson, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 2010
    Denise Borino, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 2010
    James Wall, American actor and stage manager (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician (b. 1950)
  • 2011
    James Hillman, founder of Archetypal Psychology (b. 1926)

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