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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

  • 1689
    The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire.
  • 1828
    Uruguay is formally proclaimed independent at preliminary peace talks brokered by Great Britain between Brazil and Argentina during the Argentina-Brazil War.
  • 1922
    The Turkish army takes the Aegean city of Afyonkarahisar from the Greeks.
  • 1939
    First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft.
  • 1985
    The Nigerian government is peacefully overthrown by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida.

Who were born on August 27?

  • 1871
    Theodore Dreiser, American author (d. 1945)
  • 1896
    Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (d. 1984)
  • 1919
    Murray Grand, American songwriter and cabaret singer (d. 2007)
  • 1969
    Cesar Millan, Mexican dog trainer
  • 1979
    Aaron Paul, American actor

Who died on August 27?

  • 749
    Qahtaba ibn Shabib al-Ta'i, Abbasid general
  • 1857
    Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American literary critic and editor (b. 1815)
  • 1931
    Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (b. 1856)
  • 1979
    Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British admiral and statesman (assassinated) (b. 1900)
  • 1988
    William Sargant, British psychiatrist (b. 1907)

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