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What are the important events that happened on July 27? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 27: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 27 is the 209th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 157 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 14, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 408,216 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaenneagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 185 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,314 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 27 Historical Events

  • 1880
    Second Anglo-Afghan War: Battle of Maiwand – Afghan forces led by Ayub Khan defeat the British Army in battle near Maiwand, Afghanistan.
  • 1917
    The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.
  • 1976
    Former Japanese prime minister Kakuei Tanaka is arrested on suspicion of violating foreign exchange and foreign trade laws in connection with the Lockheed bribery scandals.
  • 1981
    6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.
  • 1990
    The Jamaat al Muslimeen attempt a coup d'état in Trinidad and Tobago, occupying the Trinidad and the studios of Trinidad and Tobago Television, holding Prime Minister A. N. R. Robinson and most of his Cabinet as well as the staff at the television station hostage for 6 days.

Who were born on July 27?

  • 1941
    Johannes Fritsch, German composer (d. 2010)
  • 1949
    Rory MacDonald, bassist (Runrig)
  • 1969
    Triple H, American professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Eason Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1987
    Jacoby Ford, American football player

Who died on July 27?

  • 1844
    John Dalton, English physicist and chemist (b. 1776)
  • 1931
    Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)
  • 1962
    Richard Aldington, English poet (b. 1892)
  • 1978
    Bob Heffron, Premier of New South Wales (b. 1890)
  • 1992
    Tzeni Karezi, Greek film and theatre actress (b. 1932)

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