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
  • 1905 Japanese fleet destroys the Russian East Sea fleet in the Battle of Tsushima, the only decisive clash between modern steel battleships in history
  • 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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May 27 in Film & TV

  • 1933 Walt Disney's short film "3 Little Pigs" released (Academy Award Best Animated film 1934)
  • 1977 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

May 27 in Music

  • 1977 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

May 27 in Sport

  • 1961 Fiorentina of Italy win 1st European Cup Winner's Cup against Glasgow Rangers 4-2 in Florence (2nd leg)

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

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Famous Divorces

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