August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 126 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about August 27th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 27th in history!
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- The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day
- International Bat night
- National Pots De Creme Day
What Happened On This Day – August 27
2003: Mars approaches closest to the Earth since 57,617 BC
The next time the two planets will be this close will be in 2287.
2003: World’s Biggest Battery is Plugged in
The battery, which takes up about 2,000 square metres of space and weighs about 1,300 tonnes is set up to provide emergency electricity to the residents of Fairbanks in Alaska, for about 7 minutes.
1991: Moldova gains its Independence
The Eastern European country was part of the Soviet Union since August 2, 1940, from parts of Romania and parts of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, after the dissolution of the USSR, the country gained its independence.
1985: Military coup in Nigeria
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida took over the government after overthrowing Muhammadu Buhari in a bloodless coup.
1962: NASA Launches Mariner 2
Part of NASA’s Mariner program, the unmanned space probe was the first man-made object to flyby another planet – it encountered Venus on December 14, 1962. The space probe made its last contact with scientists on Earth on January 3, 1963.
1992: A crash of Tupolev TU-134 in Ivanovo, 27th of August, 1992, Russia.
Births On This Day, August 27
1976: Mark Webber, Australian race car driver
1952: Paul Reubens, American actor
1908: Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer
1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, American politician, 36th President of the United States
1770: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher
Deaths On This Day, August 27
1990: Stevie Ray Vaughan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1979: Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British statesman, naval officer
1975: Haile Selassie I, Ethiopian Emperor
1967: Brian Epstein, English talent manager
1963: W. E. B. Du Bois, American sociologist, historian, activist