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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, 410,424 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 ‘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

  • 1922
    A referendum in Rhodesia rejects the country’s annexation to the South African Union.
  • 1958
    Iskander Mirza, the first President of Pakistan, is deposed in a bloodless coup d'état by General Ayub Khan, who had been appointed the enforcer of martial law by Mirza 20 days earlier.
  • 1964
    Ronald Reagan delivers a speech on behalf of Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launched his political career and came to be known as “A Time for Choosing”.
  • 1967
    Catholic priest Philip Berrigan and others of the Baltimore Four protest the Vietnam War by pouring blood on Selective Service records.
  • 1994
    Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified.

Who were born on October 27?

  • 1766
    Nancy Storace, the first soprano to sing Susanna in Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro (d. 1817)
  • 1885
    Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (d. 1948)
  • 1952
    Roberto Benigni, Italian director and actor
  • 1977
    Sheeri Rappaport, American actress
  • 1986
    Jon Niese, American baseball player

Who died on October 27?

  • 1439
    Albert II of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1397)
  • 1561
    Lope de Aguirre, Spanish conquistador (b. 1510)
  • 1674
    Hallgrímur Pétursson, Icelandic poet (b. 1614)
  • 2008
    Roy Stewart, Jamaican-born British actor and fitness industry figure (b. 1925)
  • 2011
    James Hillman, founder of Archetypal Psychology (b. 1926)

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