What Happened on January 27th

Historical Events

  • 661 Rashidun Caliphate, then the largest empire in history, ends with death of Ali. Succeeded by the Umayyad Caliphate
  • 1825 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."
  • 1924 Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow
  • 1944 Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days at the loss of 600,000 killed
  • 1945 Russia liberates Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • 1973 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and miltary draft
  • 2016 OnThisDay.com receives a substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.
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Did You Know?

National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.

On January 27, 1888

Famous Weddings

  • 1186 Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, weds Constance of Sicily.
  • 1937 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1996 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware
  • 2006 Mexican Latin Grammy Award singer Ana Barbara (35) weds Jose Maria Fernandez in Mexico

Famous Divorces

  • 1997 "Wall Street" actor Charlie Sheen (31) divorces model Donna Peele after nearly 5 months of marriage
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