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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

  • 710
    Saracen invasion of Sardinia.
  • 1806
    The French Army enters Berlin.
  • 1916
    Battle of Segale: Negus Mikael, marching on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son Emperor Iyasus V, is defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, securing the throne for Empress Zauditu.
  • 1936
    Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne.
  • 1954
    Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.

Who were born on October 27?

  • 1920
    Nanette Fabray, American actress
  • 1929
    Maurice Robert Johnston, English Lieutenant-General
  • 1951
    Jayne Kennedy, American actress, model and sportscaster
  • 1954
    Jan Duursema, American comic book artist
  • 1966
    Matt Drudge, American blogger

Who died on October 27?

  • 1947
    William Fay, Irish actor and theatre producer (b. 1872)
  • 1949
    Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • 2008
    Ray Ellis, American record producer and arranger (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Roy Stewart, Jamaican-born British actor and fitness industry figure (b. 1925)
  • 2010
    Denise Borino, American actress (b. 1964)

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