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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, 406,752 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 ‘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

  • 1863
    American Civil War: First Assault on the Confederate works at the Siege of Port Hudson.
  • 1957
    Toronto‘s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’Roll music format.
  • 1967
    Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
  • 1986
    the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest is released in Japan.
  • 1998
    Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

Who were born on May 27?

  • 1912
    Terry Moore, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • 1924
    Ernest Ingenito, American mass murderer (d. 1995)
  • 1935
    Ramsey Lewis, American pianist
  • 1971
    Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
  • 1984
    Blake Ahearn, American basketball player

Who died on May 27?

  • 1707
    Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1640)
  • 1781
    Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)
  • 1797
    François-Noël Babeuf, French revolutionary (b. 1760)
  • 2006
    Paul Gleason, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009
    Carol Anne O'Marie, American Roman Catholic nun and mystery novelist (b. 1933)

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