Historical Events on December 27

  • 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 with Charles Darwin on board, departs England for a survey of South America

Naturalist Charles Darwin
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
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 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
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.


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)