On This Day

What Happened on May 27, 1942

Historical Events

  • Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor

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Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim

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Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich is mortally wounded by a grenade thrown by Czech rebels in Prague during Operation Anthropoid; he would die a week later

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich

Famous Birthdays

  • Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Lee Baca, American law enforcement official
  • Priscilla Anne McLean, composer
  • Roger Freeman, British minister of transport
1942 Highlights

About May 27, 1942

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 7 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Gemini