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

August 27: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 27 is the 240th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 126 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

When this day started, 1,472,256,000 seconds 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 ‘dihectatetracontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 154 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 1,345 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 27 Historical Events

  • 1689
    The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire.
  • 1939
    First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft.
  • 1962
    The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA.
  • 1975
    The Governor of Portuguese Timor abandons its capital, Dili, and flees to Atauro Island, leaving control to a rebel group.
  • 1993
    The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo’s Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed.

Who were born on August 27?

  • 1884
    Vincent Auriol, French President (d. 1966)
  • 1886
    Eric Coates, English composer (d. 1957)
  • 1909
    Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (d. 1966)
  • 1975
    Blake Adams, American golfer
  • 1979
    Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker and actor

Who died on August 27?

  • 749
    Qahtaba ibn Shabib al-Ta'i, Abbasid general
  • 1963
    Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1968
    Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (b. 1906)
  • 1988
    Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
  • 2001
    Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)

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