Historical Events on March 27


1613 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.

1625 Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne

1790 The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) invented in England

1794 Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact.

1841 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC

1848 John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster

1849 Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill.

1855 Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

1868 The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York.

1871 1st international rugby game-Scotland 1, Est championship fight (136 rounds)

1881 Rioting takes place in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army.

1884 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY.

1890 A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.

1910 Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312

1912 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.

1914 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)

1915 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid.

1987 Longest championship fight (136rounds).

1930 1st U.S radio broadcast from a ship at ship at sea.

1931 Charlie Chaplin receives France distinguished Legion of Honor.

1933 Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson and Eric William Fawcett.

1950 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting

1953 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio.

1955 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasts

1956 US seizes US communist newspaper “Daily Worker”

1964 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)

1964 Earthquake strikes Alaska, 8.4 on Richter scale, 118 die

1964 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars.

1966 Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia

1976 Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens

1977 583 die in aviation’s worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport

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

1980 The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.

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 mine

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 Scotty Bowman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a “builder” of the game.

1994 Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed.

1994 The Eurofighter takes its first flight in Manching, Germany.

1996 “State Fair” opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances

1997 “Young Man From Atlanta” opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances

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

2000 Phillips explosion of 2000 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.

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

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Compiled by; Omotoye Oluwatosin

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