Today in History, August 27th


A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, August 27th!

1626 The Danes are crushed by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.
1770 German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.
1776 The Americans are defeated by the British at the Battle of Long Island, New York.
1793 Maximilien Robespierre is elected to the Committee of Public Safety in Paris, France.Maximilien Robespierre
1813 The Allies defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Dresden.
1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa.
1861 Union troops make an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
1862 As the Second Battle of Bull Run rages, Confederate soldiers attack Loudoun County, Virginia.
1881 New York state’s Pure Food Law goes into effect to prevent “the adulteration of food or drugs.”
1883 The island volcano Krakatoa erupted and the resulting tidal waves claimed some 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
1894 The United States congress passes an income tax law as part of a general tariff act, but it is found unconstitutional.
1910 Thomas Edison demonstrates the first “talking” pictures–using a phonograph–in his New Jersey laboratory.
1912 Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes first appears in a magazine.
1916 Italy declares war on Germany.
1928 Fifteen nations sign the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, outlawing war and calling for the settlement of disputes through arbitration. Forty-seven other countries eventually sign the pact.
1941 The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumimaro Konoye, issues an invitation for a meeting with President Roosevelt.Fumimaro Konoye
1945 American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
1962 The United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.
1963 Cambodia severs ties with South Vietnam.
1967 The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.
1975 Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa almost a year after being overthrown.
1979 British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion; the Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.
2008 Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and


  1. I’m intrigued at how few of the notes of the passing of Haile Selassie make any mention of the religion founded upon his hope, Rastafarianism. It’s like unrecognized ripples in a pond.