On This Day

Historical Events on July 27 (Part 2)

  • 2013 1,000 inmates escape from a prison in Benghazi, Libya
  • 2013 First Przewalski’s horse (whose wild populations were believed extinct in 1969) is born via artificial insemination at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as part of a worldwide effort to rebuild the wild herds
  • 2014 Liberia shuts down most of its borders with fears about the spread of Ebola epidemic

Historic Event

2014 Obama reaffirms Israel's "right to defend itself", but condemns civilian casualties in Gaza

  • 2014 101st Tour de France won by Vincenzo Nibali of Italy

Golf Tournament

2014 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Porthcawl: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his second Open Senior title by 13 strokes from Colin Montgomerie of Scotland

  • 2015 Fiat Chrysler fined record $105 million by Us regulators over their number of car recalls
  • 2015 The Shanghai Composite Index drops 8.5% in one day

Historic Event

2017 Boy Scouts of American chief Michael Surbaugh apologies for politically motivated remarks made by President Donald Trump at rally attended by 30,000 scouts

Historic Event

2017 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly becomes world's richest man at $91.4bn overtaking Bill Gates for half a day

  • 2017 Reince Priebus resigns as Chief of Staff to US President Donald Trump, shortest non-interim tenure ever
  • 2018 CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves is accused of sexual misconduct in the "New Yorker" by journalist Ronan Farrow

Music Concert

2018 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond gives a small thank-you concert to firefighters near his home in Colorado

  • 2019 US President Trump, calls Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," calls Congress Rep Elijah Cummings responsible
  • 2019 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 3 gold medals in one day at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea; 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4×100m freestyle relay (WR 3:19.40)
  • 2019 At least 65 mourners killed in a gun attack at a funeral near Maiduguri, by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria

Historic Event

2020 US congressman John Lewis becomes the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Rotunda in Washington D.C.

  • 2020 Google decides its employees can work from home until July 2021, the largest tech company to commit to working from home

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced

Sports History

2021 American gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles withdraws from the women's team final at the Tokyo Games citing need to focus on her mental health; also misses individual finals

  • 2021 Triathlete Flora Duffy claims historic first ever Olympic gold medal for Bermuda in the women's event at the Tokyo Games
  • 2021 Fiji retains Olympic Rugby Sevens title with 27-12 win over New Zealand in Tokyo; only second gold in the country's Olympic history
  • 2021 Swiss team of Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand make a clean sweep of the medals in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 2021 Ítalo Ferreira of Brazil and American Carissa Moore claim inaugural men's and women's surfing gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021 Florida records its highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 21,683
  • 2021 Largest-ever repatriation of 17,000 looted Iraqi antiquities returned to Baghdad, including items from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible and Cornell University
  • 2021 China tests a missile with a hypersonic weapon system, later called “very close” to a Sputnik moment by a US general [1]