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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, 24,625,440 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 ‘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

  • 1904
    The first underground New York City Subway line opens; the system becomes the biggest in United States, and one of the biggest in world.
  • 1944
    World War II: German forces capture Banská Bystrica during Slovak National Uprising thus bringing it to an end.
  • 1958
    Iskander Mirza, the first President of Pakistan, is deposed in a bloodless coup d'état by General Ayub Khan, who had been appointed the enforcer of martial law by Mirza 20 days earlier.
  • 1994
    Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified.
  • 2004
    Major League Baseball: The Boston Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving the team their first World Series championship since 1918.

Who were born on October 27?

  • 1896
    Edith Brown, survivor of the Titanic (d. 1997)
  • 1925
    Warren Christopher, American diplomat and 63rd United States Secretary of State (d. 2011)
  • 1946
    Ivan Reitman, Czechoslovakian-born Canadian film actor, producer and director
  • 1963
    Farin Urlaub, German singer and guitarist (Die Ärzte)
  • 1972
    Evan Coyne Maloney, American filmmaker

Who died on October 27?

  • 1505
    Ivan III of Russia (b. 1440)
  • 1980
    Steve Peregrin Took, British singer and songwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1991
    George Barker, British poet (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    Arthur Tremblay, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Zdenko Runjić, Croatian composor (b. 1942)

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