What Happened on July 27

Historical Events

  • 1586 Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia
  • 1689 Battle of Killicrankie: Jacobite Scottish Highlanders under Viscount Dundee defeat royalist force under General MacKay
  • 1866 Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)
  • 1917 The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele (WWI)
  • 1921 Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolate insulin at the University of Toronto
  • 1976 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese
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Did You Know?

Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reaches Japan - 1st Christian missionary in Japan

On July 27, 1549

Famous Weddings

  • 1365 Isabella of England marries Enguerrand of Coucy at Windsor
  • 1857 Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I (25) weds princess Charlotte of Belgium (17) in Brussels
  • 1927 British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (39) weds Elizabeth Carver in Chiswick, England
  • 1981 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, proving to be a national event with massive viewer numbers
  • 1986 "Say Anything" director Cameron Crowe (29) weds "Heart" guitarist Nancy Wilson (32)
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