What Happened on July 27, 1917

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • World War I: Allied troops reach the Yser Canal in the prelude to the Battle of Passchendaele

Famous Birthdays

  • Bourvil [AndrĂ© Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), born in PrĂ©tot-Vicquemare, France (d. 1970)
  • John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2002)
  • Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Robert Cowans, executive director (British Aerospace)

Famous Deaths

  • Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), dies at 75