Events in History on May 27

  • 927 Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.
  • 1120 Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death.
  • 1281 Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge
  • 1328 French King Philip VI Valois crowned
  • 1529 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake
  • 1660 Denmark & Sweden sign The Treaty Of Copenhagen, ends Second Northern War
  • 1679 Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
  • 1689 Anthonie Heinsius succeeds G Fagel as Grand Pensionary of Holland
  • 1692 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft

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1703 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1738 Turkish troops occupy Orsova & Ochakov
  • 1796 James S McLean patents his piano
  • 1798 The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.
  • 1813 Americans capture Ft George, Canada

CommunicationOpening of Euston Station

1849 Opening of the Great Hall at Euston station in London

  • 1850 Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado
  • 1854 Marine Telegraph from Ft Point to SF completed
  • 1856 Doctor William Palmer (the Rugeley Poisoner ) found guilty of poisoning in Stafford, England
  • 1862 Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station)
  • 1863 CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die
  • 1863 Siege of Port Hudson LA
  • 1864 Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw's Shop), Virginia
  • 1873 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia
  • 1883 Tsar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
  • 1893 Audath Yisroel forms at Kattowitz (Katowice) Poland
  • 1895 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
  • 1896 Bay District Race Track closes
  • 1896 Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless
  • 1898 Arthur Pinero's "Trelawney of the Wells" premieres in London
  • 1900 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1903 Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam
  • 1905 Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima
  • 1907 Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco
  • 1908 Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
  • 1916 Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
  • 1916 President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations
  • 1917 Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
  • 1918 Third Battle of Aisne: German offensive overcomes British forces (WWI)
  • 1919 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days
  • 1920 Tatar ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
  • 1921 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • 1927 Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war

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1927 Tomáš Masaryk re-elected President of Czechoslovakia for a second time

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • 1930 Richard Drew invents masking tape
  • 1930 The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
  • 1931 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field Va
  • 1931 Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon
  • 1933 Austrian communist party banned
  • 1933 Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
  • 1933 Federal Securities Act signed
  • 1933 Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released

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1935 Supreme Court declares FDR's National Recovery Act unconstitutional

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1936 RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage
  • 1937 Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
  • 1937 Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated
  • 1940 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
  • 1940 World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.
  • 1941 Allied troops begin evacuating Crete
  • 1941 FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor
  • 1941 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
  • 1942 Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor

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1942 Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1942 Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim
  • 1942 Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi "Deputy Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia" is shot & mortally wounded in Prague in in Operation Anthropoid
  • 1943 French resistance under Jean Moulin meets secretly in Paris
  • 1943 US forbids racial discrimination in war industry
  • 1944 Allies land on Biak, Indonesia (operation Horlicks)
  • 1944 Japanese advance in Hangkhou China

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1944 Jean-Paul Sartres' "Huis Clos" premieres in Paris

  • 1948 Arabs blow up Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid
  • 1949 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
  • 1950 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens

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1951 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1951 Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens
  • 1952 European Defense Community forms
  • 1953 Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • 1956 French raid in Algiers
  • 1956 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • 1958 Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • 1958 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • 1958 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • 1960 1st use of oversized catching mitt (Balt Oriole Clint Courtney)
  • 1960 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
  • 1961 1st black light is sold

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1963 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 1966 55th German F-104 Starfighter crashes
  • 1966 6 French fighters crash above Spain
  • 1967 Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
  • 1968 6th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-3
  • 1968 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.
  • 1969 Walt Disney World construction begins
  • 1970 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1973 Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • 1975 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble's Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
  • 1977 2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
  • 1977 New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed

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1979 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1980 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • 1980 The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  • 1981 John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol
  • 1981 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1983 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • 1984 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC
  • 1985 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1986 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 1987 Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • 1988 Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles
  • 1990 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen President of Colombia
  • 1990 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • 1991 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • 1993 Dale Murphy ends carreer at 398 HRs
  • 1993 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • 1994 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
  • 1994 Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show
  • 1994 Larry King ended his radio show
  • 1997 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
  • 1997 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • 1997 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

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1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1998 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

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1999 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2006 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people
  • 2009 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
  • 2012 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • 2013 75 people are killed and 200 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • 2013 The largest flag ever made at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread is unveiled in Romania
  • 2014 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector
  • 2016 3 ships in 3 days sink carrying immigrants across the Mediterraneann, drowning over 700 people