What Happened on July 27

Significant 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
  • 1789 US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department
  • 1866 Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)
  • 1921 Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolate insulin at the University of Toronto
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Did You Know?

1st Christian missionary in Japan, Jesuit priest Francis Xavier reaches Japan but is not permitted to enter any port until 15 August

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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