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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, 24,537,600 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 ‘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

  • 1916
    Romania declares war against Austria-Hungary, entering World War I as one of the Allied nations.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    The Nigerian government is peacefully overthrown by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida.
  • 2003
    The first six-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, convene to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

Who were born on August 27?

  • 1939
    William Least Heat-Moon, American author
  • 1961
    Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • 1970
    Park Myeong-su, Korean comedian, MC and singer
  • 1972
    Denise Lewis, English heptathlete
  • 1974
    Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistani cricketer

Who died on August 27?

  • 1521
    Josquin des Prez, Flemish composer
  • 1545
    Piotr Gamrat, Polish Catholic archbishop (b. 1487)
  • 1909
    Emil Christian Hansen, Danish fermentation physiologist (b. 1842)
  • 1945
    Hubert Pál Álgyay, Hungarian engineer (b. 1894)
  • 1961
    Kálmán Rózsahegyi, Hungarian Jewish actor and teacher (b. 1873)

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