What Happened on August 27, 1979

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle

Famous Birthdays

Aaron PaulAaron Paul (43 years old)

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

  • Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
  • Sarah Neufeld, Canadian violinist (Arcade Fire), born in British Columbia
  • Tian Liang, Chinese diver

Famous Deaths

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

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten (1900-1979)

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

  • 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? 43 years, 3 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Late Summer Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: My Sharona - The Knack
  • UK #1 Song: We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard