On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1991 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • 1993 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6

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1994 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 years in exile

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1997 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole
  • 1997 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • 1997 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1998 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

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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

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • 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
  • 2009 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
  • 2012 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • 2012 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, The GC at Harbor Shores: Englishman Roger Chapman wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles of the year by 2 strokes from John Cook
  • 2013 75 people are killed and 200 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • 2013 The largest flag ever made at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread is unveiled in Romania

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2014 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde

  • 2016 3 ships in 3 days sink carrying immigrants across the Mediterraneann, drowning over 700 people
  • 2017 In Bangalore, India, white puffy toxic foam begins spilling out of Varthur Lake onto city streets

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2018 Italian PM-designate Giuseppe Conte gives up attempt to form coalition government after President Sergio Matarella vetoes his choice of economy minister

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister of Italy
Giuseppe Conte
  • 2018 Oil workers for Brazilian state oil company Petrobrás join the truckers' national strike
  • 2018 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, GC at Harbor Shores: Englishman Paul Broadhurst wins by 4 strokes from American Tim Petrovic
  • 2019 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz removed from office after a no-confidence vote in parliament, Vice Chancellor Hartwig Löger appointed interim chancellor
  • 2019 European Parliament elections result in centralist parties losing their majority with liberals, the Greens and nationalists picking up more votes
  • 2019 World's rivers widely contaminated with antibiotics according to new global study of 711 sites
  • 2020 America's COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000 (Johns Hopkins figures) equal to number of US servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan put together
  • 2020 Spain begins 10 days of mourning for victims of COVID-19 with death toll just under 27,000

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2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer has autonomy from China, doesn't merit special trade relationship, in note to Congress

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo
  • 2020 Locust swarms in western and central India worst since 1993 after spreading from Pakistan and Iran and due to extreme weather

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2021 French President Emmanuel Macron makes statement recognizing France's role in 1994 genocide meeting with Rwanda President Paul Kagame in Kigali, Rwanda

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron

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2021 US President Joe Biden calls for a ceasefire in the Tigray conflict, north Ethiopia, citing killings and "widespread sexual violence" as a weapon of war

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2021 English playwright William Shakespeare reported to have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccine by Argentine news channel Chanal 26 (case of mistaken identity, the Bard died in 1616)

Birthdays in History

  • 1984 Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player

Weddings in History


Deaths in History