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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, 1,477,526,400 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 ‘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

  • 1275
    Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam.
  • 1644
    Second Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.
  • 1810
    United States annexes the former Spanish colony of West Florida.
  • 1992
    United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is brutally murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay, precipitating first military, then national, debate about gays in the military that resulted in the United States “Don't ask, don't tell” military policy.
  • 2005
    Riots begin in Paris after the deaths of two Muslim teenagers.

Who were born on October 27?

  • 1873
    Emily Post, American etiquette author (d. 1960)
  • 1935
    Frank Adonis, American actor
  • 1940
    John Gotti, American crime boss (d. 2002)
  • 1941
    Dick Trickle, American auto racer
  • 1957
    Glenn Hoddle, English footballer

Who died on October 27?

  • 1505
    Ivan III of Russia (b. 1440)
  • 1990
    Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, daughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (b. 1901)
  • 2003
    Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • 2007
    Moira Lister, South African actress (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Chris Bryant, British screenwriter (b. 1936)

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