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

October 27: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 27 is the 301st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 65 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

When this day started, 24,625,440 minutes 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 ‘trihectahenagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 93 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 1,406 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 27 Historical Events

  • 1682
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded.
  • 1827
    Bellini’s third opera Il pirata is premiered at Teatro alla Scala di Milano
  • 1944
    World War II: German forces capture Banská Bystrica during Slovak National Uprising thus bringing it to an end.
  • 1961
    NASA launches the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.
  • 1995
    Latvia applies for membership in the European Union.

Who were born on October 27?

  • 1728
    James Cook, British naval captain and explorer (d. 1779)
  • 1906
    Kazuo Ohno, Japanese dancer (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Ralph Kiner, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Brent Clevlen, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Victor Genev, Bulgarian footballer

Who died on October 27?

  • 1449
    Ulugh Beg, Persian ruler and astronomer (b. 1394)
  • 1927
    Joseph “Squizzy” Taylor, Australian organized crime figure (b. 1888)
  • 1962
    Rudolf Anderson, American pilot and officer (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Satyen Kappu, Indian actor (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Ray Ellis, American record producer and arranger (b. 1923)

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