On This Day

On This Day in History for August 27 (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates nine states: Abia, Enugu, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Osun, Kogi, Taraba, and Yobe

General and President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida
General and President of Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida
  • 1993 Yak-40 crashes in Tadzjikistan, 79 killed/1 lives
  • 1993 The Rainbow Bridge connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba is completed.
  • 1995 Worst fire in New York in 80 years ends after 4 days

RussiaOstankino Tower

2000 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.

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Ostankino Tower, Moscow
Ostankino Tower, Moscow
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  • 2003 Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.
  • 2006 Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia killing 49 of 50 on board

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2012 First interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity
  • 2014 Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”
  • 2015 Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos names top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou caretaker Prime Minister - Greece's 1st female Prime Minister

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2015 "The Shepherd's Crown" by Terry Pratchett published by Doubleday, 5 months after the author's death, last book in the Discworld series

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • 2018 UN releases report saying Myanmar military leaders should face genocide and crimes against humanity charges for violence against Rohingya
  • 2019 At least 25 people killed in a fire at a bar, deliberately lit by gang members in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
  • 2020 Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life without parole, for the killing of 51 mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1st time the country imposes the sentence [1]
  • 2020 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana near the Texas border as a category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, killing at least 16

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2020 Mike Pence accepts nomination for vice president at the Republican convention, calling for "law and order" after the shooting of Jacob Blake

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake

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