What Happened on December 27

Significant Events

  • 1512 Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World
  • 1657 Flushing Remonstrance petition signed in the Dutch colony of New Netherland protesting ban on Quaker worship
  • 1939 Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake in Erzincam, Turkey
  • 1945 International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries based on ideas of Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes
  • 1949 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
  • 1979 After invading Afghanistan two days earlier Soviet forces pull off a coup in Kabul, killing President Hafizullah Amin
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December 27 in Film & TV

  • 1947 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC

December 27 in Music

  • 1932 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City

December 27 in Sport

Did You Know?

Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia

On December 27, 1845

Would You Believe?

NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025

On December 27, 2012

Famous Weddings

  • 1925 Inventor George Gallup (24) weds Ophelia Smith Miller
  • 1950 Actor Henry Fonda (45) weds socialite and third wife Susan Blanchard (22) in New York City
  • 1953 Broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge (22) weds Joan Heise at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, New York
  • 1972 Actor Billy Dee Williams (35) weds Teruko Nakagami
  • 2006 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences
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