On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1980 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard

Volcanic EruptionMount St. Helens Erupts

1980 Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years

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Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts
Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts
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  • 1980 Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212
  • 1982 Randy Holt sets Wash Cap record of 34 penalty minutes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1984 Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • 1987 President Habre's troops reconquer Faya Largeau Chad
  • 1988 Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • 1990 Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
  • 1990 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
  • 1991 New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Scotty Bowman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a "builder" of the game

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1993 Jiang Zemin appointed President of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • 1994 Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed
  • 1994 Ice Pairs Championship at Chiba won by Shishkova/Vadim Naumov (RUS)
  • 1994 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Chiba won by Yuka Sato (JPN)

  • 1994 World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Chiba won by Elvis Stojko of Canada
  • 1994 The Eurofighter takes its first flight in Manching, Germany

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1997 Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray, his father's killer

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • 2000 Phillips explosion kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
  • 2002 Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.
  • 2004 HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
  • 2006 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • 2009 Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2012 Danielle Steel’s novel “Betrayal” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 2012 On This Day launches a sister site in Spanish, Hoy en la Historia
  • 2013 12 people are killed in the Philippines after a mini-tornado causes a boat to capsize
  • 2014 UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea
  • 2015 Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity
  • 2016 Suicide bomb kills more than 70 people at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claim responsibility

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the country is now a "space power" after successfully shooting down a satellite from space in a ballistic missile test

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 2019 UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to stand down if parliament accepts her Brexit plan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Former president of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh stole almost 1 billion from his country before his exile in 2017 according to a corruption report

Dictator and President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh
Dictator and President of Gambia
Yahya Jammeh
  • 2019 Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted COVID-19 but will continue to lead the country "thanks to the wizardry of modern technology" while in self-isolation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 $2.2 trillion stimulus package, largest in US history, signed into law by President Donald Trump saying "I never signed anything with a 'T' on it"

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2021 114 people including children killed in one day by armed forces in Myanmar, with more than 420 killed since protests began against the military coup [1]
  • 2021 Iran and China sign major agreement guaranteeing Chinese investment of $400 billion and Iranian oil supply in return in Tehran [1]
  • 2021 Militants attack the town of Palma, northern Mozambique, killing dozens in an escalation of violence in the area
  • 2134 32nd predicted perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

Birthdays in History

  • 1986 Melissa Stern [Baby M]/[Sara Whitehead], surrogate baby
  • 1990 Scott Selwood, Australian rules footballer, born in Bendigo, Australia

Weddings in History


Deaths in History