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

May 27: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 27 is the 148th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 218 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 406,752 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 ‘hectatetracontaoctagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 246 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 1,253 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 27 Historical Events

  • 1798
    The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.
  • 1935
    New Deal: The Supreme Court of the United States declares the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, (295 U.S. 495).
  • 1940
    World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 99 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops. Two survive.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: American warships begin the first bombardment of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam.
  • 1975
    Dibbles Bridge Coach Crash near Grassington, North Yorkshire, England kills 33 – the highest ever death toll in a road accident in the United Kingdom.

Who were born on May 27?

  • 1897
    John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1944
    Alain Souchon, French singer and songwriter
  • 1970
    Cherry Pie Picache, Filipino actress
  • 1971
    Mathew Batsiua, Nauruan politician
  • 1975
    Jadakiss, American rapper (D-Block)

Who died on May 27?

  • 1840
    Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1782)
  • 1960
    James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)
  • 2007
    Ed Yost, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Gérard Jean-Juste, Roman Catholic priest and Haitian political activist (b. 1946)
  • 2011
    Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)

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