On This Day

What Happened on August 27, 1979

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestAaron Paul

Aaron Paul, American actor (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), born in Emmett, Idaho

Actor Aaron Paul
Actor
Aaron Paul
  • Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
  • Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Tian Liang, Chinese diver

Famous Deaths

  • BolesÅ‚aw Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82

MurderLord Mountbatten

Louis Mountbatten, British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered by the IRA at 14
1979 Highlights

About August 27, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 10 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Virgo