Historical Events on 27th December

  • 418 [Etalius] begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 537 The Hagia Sophia is inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian
  • 1437 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Bohemia
  • 1512 The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.
  • 1521 The "Zwickau Prophets" appear in Wittenberg
  • 1657 Flushing Remonstrance petition is signed in the Dutch colony of New Netherland protesting ban on Quaker worship
  • 1679 Dutch troops capture Madurees prince Trunudjojo in Java
  • 1703 England & Portugal sign Methuen-Asiento-trade agreement
  • 1741 Prussian forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia
  • 1814 Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.
  • 1825 1st public railway using steam locomotive completed in England between Stockton and Darlington

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1831 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs England for South America

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1836 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
  • 1845 Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia
  • 1850 Hawaiian Fire Dept established
  • 1862 Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, MS (Chickasaw Bayou)
  • 1862 Battle of Elizabethtown, KY
  • 1867 Ontario & Quebec legislatures hold 1st meeting
  • 1871 World's first cat show (Crystal Palace, London)
  • 1884 Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • 1887 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (BG)
  • 1892 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
  • 1892 N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game
  • 1897 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2
  • 1900 Carrie Nation's 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)
  • 1903 "Sweet Adaline", a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung
  • 1904 'Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie premieres at the Duke of York Theatre in London
  • 1904 W B Yeats/Lady Gregory's "On Baile's Strand" premieres in Dublin
  • 1905 M A Noble scores 281 (369 mins, 21 fours) NSW v Victoria
  • 1906 1st annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, RI
  • 1915 US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments
  • 1918 The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.
  • 1919 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces they will deal any player except Harry Hooper, Hooper is sent to the White Sox after 1920 season
  • 1923 Unsuccessful attempt on prince-regent Hirohito of Japan
  • 1924 Albania is declared a dictatorship under Ahmed Beg Zofu
  • 1924 The US signs a treaty with the Dominican Republic, which supersedes that of 1907: in July, the Us had withdrawn its Marines and ended its occupation
  • 1926 Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
  • 1926 Latkin Square in Bronx named for 1st US Jewish soldier to die in WW I
  • 1927 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 Philip Barry's "Paris Bound" premieres in NYC

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1927 Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1932 Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)
  • 1934 1st youth hostel in US opens (Northfield, Mass)
  • 1934 Shah of Persia declares Persia now Iran
  • 1934 Vernon Duke & James Hanley's musical premieres in NYC

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1937 Bradman scores 246 SA v Queensland, 364 mins, 20 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany

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1937 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1939 1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)
  • 1939 Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake in Erzincam Turkey
  • 1941 Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"
  • 1941 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony
  • 1942 1st Japanese women camp (Ambarawa) goes into use
  • 1942 NFL Pro Bowl: NFL All-Stars beats Washington 17-14
  • 1942 The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia is founded.
  • 1943 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
  • 1943 German warship "Scharnhorst" sinks in Barents Sea

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1943 Montgomery discusses Overlord with Eisenhower & Bedell Smith

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944 Greece: British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London
  • 1945 Arthur Laurent's "Home of the Brave" premieres in NYC
  • 1945 International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries
  • 1945 The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
  • 1947 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
  • 1949 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
  • 1951 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1953 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • 1954 "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 1954 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint" premieres in NYC
  • 1956 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)

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1956 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1959 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
  • 1960 France performs nuclear test
  • 1960 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • 1961 Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations
  • 1961 Styne/Comden/Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 performances
  • 1962 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (QB)
  • 1964 Cleveland Browns beat Balt Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1966 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 1968 Apollo 8 returns to Earth
  • 1968 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1970 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at St James Theater NYC after 2844 performances
  • 1971 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • 1972 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1972 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • 1972 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • 1972 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
  • 1973 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
  • 1974 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1974 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
  • 1974 FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
  • 1974 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1975 Explosion at Chasnala Colliery collapses drowning 350 (Dhanbad India)
  • 1976 Albania constitution goes into effect
  • 1978 King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
  • 1978 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
  • 1978 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Persins
  • 1979 "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1979 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1979 Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown
  • 1980 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • 1981 Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in Test Crickets with 310

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1981 Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory v India at Karachi

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1983 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1983 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
  • 1984 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees

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1985 Terrorists kill 20 & wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome & Vienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Wash DC
  • 1986 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1987 Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
  • 1989 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games
  • 1991 "Carol Burnett Show" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1991 Bengals hire Dave Shula as youngest NFL coach (32)
  • 1991 Chuck Knox retires as Seattle Seahawk coach
  • 1992 "3 From Brooklyn" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Ostregaswerks, Copenhagen
  • 1992 "Tommy Tune Tonite! Song & Dance Act" opens at Gershwin NYC for 10 per
  • 1992 13th United Negro College Fund raises $11,000,000

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1992 Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in NY's JFK airport

  • 1992 Nancy Sheehan wins LPGA Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1993 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3792.93
  • 1995 Boon completes his 21st Test Cricket century (110 v SL, MCG)
  • 1996 Carquest Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21
  • 1996 Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
  • 1997 Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.

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1999 Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2001 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • 2002 Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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2002 "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)

  • 2004 Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

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2007 Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by a suicide bomber.

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 2012 NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025
  • 2013 29 people are killed after a bus plunged off the Huay Tong Bridge, Thailand
  • 2015 Iraqi forces retake IS held city of Ramadi (ISIS first captured in May)