27 March

March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 279 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about March 27th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 27th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Theatre Day.
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • National Spanish Paella Day
  • International Whiskey Day

Tragic Incidents

  • California electricity prices increased by 46%!
  • A massive earthquake, 8.6 on the Richter Scale hits Alaska!
  • The FDA approves the drug Viagra produced by Pfizer for use against impotence in men!

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – March 27

1998: Viagra is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Pfizer’s pill was the first drug against male impotence to be approved in the United States. In 2012, the company made 2 billion U.S. Dollars from Viagra alone.

1994: Silvio Berlusconi rises to power in Italy

In his 20 years in Italian politics, Berlusconi arguably made more headlines for his numerous affairs and scandals than for his policies. In 2013, he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for tax fraud.

1980: The oil rig Alexander L. Kjelland collapses in high winds in the North Sea

Only 89 of 212 crew survived the Norwegian platform’s capsizing, which was caused by a fatigue crack in one of the legs.

1977: The worst air crash in history occurs in Tenerife, Spain583 people died when 2 Boeing 747 aircraft collided on the runway.

1871 England and Scotland compete in the first international rugby match

Like association football, rugby is a British invention. Today, it is a popular sport mainly in large parts of the British Commonwealth.

1939: View of Sarajevo’s old town from Logavina Street, 1939.

View of Sarajevo’s old town from Logavina Street, 1939.
View of Sarajevo’s old town from Logavina Street, 1939.

1844: Photograph of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. This photo was taken in 1844 when the Duke was about 75 years old.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, March 27

1971: David Coulthard, Scottish race car driver

1970: Mariah CareyAmerican singer-songwriter, producer, actress

1963 Quentin Tarantino, American director, screenwriter, producer

1924: Sarah Vaughan, American singer

1845: Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

Mariah Carey was born.

Breda Song was born.

Jessie J was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, March 27

2006: Rudolf Vrba, Czech/Canadian holocaust survivor, educator

2002: Billy Wilder, Austrian/American director

1972: M. C. Escher, Dutch illustrator

1968: Yuri Gagarin, Russian pilot, astronaut

1898: Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian educator, politician

William Hunter died.

Susan Blow died.

Alexander Agassiz died.

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