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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

  • 1860
    Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian Unification.
  • 1905
    Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima begins.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Operation Anthropoid, Reinhard Heydrich is assassinated in Prague.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 am local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.

Who were born on May 27?

  • 1884
    Max Brod, Czech-born writer, literary executor of Franz Kafka (d. 1968)
  • 1964
    Zheng Geping, Singaporean actor
  • 1970
    Cherry Pie Picache, Filipino actress
  • 1970
    Tim Farron, British politician
  • 1972
    Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer

Who died on May 27?

  • 866
    King Ordoño I of Asturias (b. 831)
  • 1986
    Isma'il Raji al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 1992
    Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • 2003
    Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Gérard Jean-Juste, Roman Catholic priest and Haitian political activist (b. 1946)

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