27 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Georg Wilhelm Hegel, 1770
  • Theodore Dreiser, 1871
  • Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
  • Man Ray, 1890
  • Frank Leahy, 1908
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1908
  • Mother Teresa, 1910
  • Martha Raye, 1916
  • Ira Levin, 1929
  • Lady Antonia Fraser, 1935
  • Tommy Sands, 1937
  • Darryl Dragon, 1942
  • Tuesday Weld, 1943
  • Barbara Bach, 1947
  • Pee-Wee Herman, 1952

Died On This Day:

  • Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln, 1255
  • Titian, 1576
  • Pope Sixtus V, 1590
  • Lope de Vega, 1635
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton (Sam Slick), 1865
  • Louis Botha, 1919
  • Ernest O. Lawrence, 1958
  • W.E.B. Du Bois, 1963
  • Le Corbusier, 1965
  • Brian Epstein suicide, 1967
  • Margaret Bourke-White, 1971
  • Bennett Cerf, 1971
  • Haile Selassie, 1975
  • Lord Louis Mountbatten assassinated, 1979
  • Sam Levenson, 1980
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1990
  • Brandon Tartikoff, 1997

Today's Events:

  • 413 BC - Trad. Full eclipse of the moon renders Nicias and Athenian army open to massacre by Spartans.
  • 1667 - First cyclone recorded in America at Jamestown, VA.
  • 1776 - Americans defeated by British under Sir Wm. Howe in the Battle of Long Island (Revolutionary War).
  • 1783 - First hydrogen balloon flies in Paris by Jacques Alexandre César Charles with aid from Montgolfiers.
  • 1828 - Uruguay gains independence from Brazil.
  • 1859 - First oil well in America drilled in Titusville, Western Pennsylvania by W. A. 'Uncle Billy' Smith.
  • 1883 - Volcano at Krakatoa in Indonesia continues eruption. Most powerful volcanic eruption in history.
  • 1889 - The metal clarinet patented by Charles Gerard Conn of Elkhart, Indiana.
  • 1896 - Shortest war in history fought between Britain and Zanzibar from 9:02 to 9:40 a.m.
  • 1910 - Thomas Alva Edison demonstrates the Kinetophone, machine to record talking movies.
  • 1916 - Rumania declares war on Austria/Hungary, WW1.
  • 1955 - First copy of Guinness Book of World Records bound in England for publication.
  • 1971 - First crossing of the Atlantic by speedboat.
  • 1976 - Former doctor Richard Raskind, now female Renee Richards, barred from U.S. Open Tennis meet.
  • 1979 - Lord Louis Mountbatten and two friends blown up in fishing boat in Donegal Bay, Ireland by IRA.
  • 2003 - Leonardo's Madonna With the Yardwinder, stolen by 4 from Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Castle.
  • 2008 - At the democratic convention in Denver, CO, Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be nominated for the Presidency of the USA.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Joseph Calasanz
  • Caesarius of Arles

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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