What Happened on August 27, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland
  • Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle

Famous Birthdays

  • Ara Francis, Miss Colorado Teen USA (1996)
  • Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
  • Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Tian Liang, Chinese diver

Famous Deaths

  • Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered at 14