What Happened on August 27, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • The 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

Person of interestAaron Paul

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British naval officer and statesman, last Voceroy of India (1947), is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79
  • Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered by the IRA at 14