What Happened on May 27

Significant Events

  • 1679 Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
  • 1703 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great
  • 1873 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia
  • 1940 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
  • 1963 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya
  • 1999 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo
  • 2006 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people
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Did You Know?

The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public

On May 27, 1930

Would You Believe?

New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York

On May 27, 1977

Famous Weddings

  • 1916 Naval commander Karl Donitz (24) weds nurse Ingeborg Weber
  • 1929 Aviator Charles Lindbergh (27) weds author Anne Morrow (22) in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1980 President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier (28) weds Michele Bennett in Haiti
  • 1994 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh weds wife #3, Marta Fitzgerald
  • 1995 "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow (31) weds French advertising executive Michel Stern (37) in Malibu

Famous Divorces

  • 2003 Actress Angelina Jolie (26) divorces actor Billy Bob Thornton (47) due to irreconcilable differences
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