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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, 24,405,120 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 ‘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

  • 1933
    New Deal: The U.S. Federal Securities Act is signed into law requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • 1933
    The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”
  • 1960
    In Turkey, a military coup removes President Celal Bayar and the rest of the democratic government from office.
  • 1997
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.
  • 2001
    Members of Islamist separatist group Abu Sayyaf seize twenty hostages from an upscale island resort on Palawan in the Philippines; the hostage crisis would not be resolved until June 2002.

Who were born on May 27?

  • 1519
    Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)
  • 1876
    Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (d. 1945)
  • 1879
    Hans Lammers, German SS officer (d. 1962)
  • 1971
    Monika Schnarre, Canadian model and actress
  • 1975
    Jamie Oliver, English chef and television personality

Who died on May 27?

  • 1986
    Giorgos Tzifos, Greek actor (b. 1918)
  • 1993
    Mary Philbin, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 2003
    Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)

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