History of 27 March
1900 – The London Parliament passed the War Loan Act that gave 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause in South Africa.
1900 – The Russian army mobilized 250,000 troops for active duty.
1901 – Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the U.S.
1904 – Mary Jarris “Mother” Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.
1907 – French troops occupied Oudja, Morocco, as a punitive action for the murder of French Dr. Muchamp.
1912 – The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
1917 – The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated the Montreal Canadiens and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
1931 – Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.
1933 – About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.
1933 – In the U.S., the Farm Credit Administration was authorized.
1941 – Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
1942 – The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
1946 – Four-month long strikes at both General Electric and General Motors ended with a wage increase.
1952 – The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.
1955 – Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on “Goodyear Playhouse.”
1958 – Nikita Khrushchev became the chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
1958 – The U.S. announced a plan to explore space near the moon.
1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system.
1985 – Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1988 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1989 – The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.
1993 – In China, Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin was appointed President.
1997 – Russian workers, nearly 2 million, held a nationwide strike to protest unpaid wages.
1997 – In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides.
1998 – In the U.S., the FDA approved prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.
1998 – Top civilian aircraft makers in France, Spain, Germany, and Britain agreed to create single European aerospace and defense company.
2004 – NASA successfully launched an unpiloted X-43A jet that hit Mach 7 (about 5,000 mph).
2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.
2009 – The dam forming Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people.
2014 – The Philippines signs a peace accord with the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ending decades of conflict.
2015 – Al-Shabab militants attack and temporarily occupy a Mogadishu hotel leaving at least 20 people dead.
2016 – A suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore claims over 70 lives and leaves almost 300 others injured. The target of the bombing is Christians celebrating Easter.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Terry McFlynn, Irish footballer
- 1981 – Akhil Kumar, Indian boxer
- 1981 – Jukka Keskisalo, Finnish runner
- 1981 – Hilda Kibet, Kenyan runner
- 1982 – Shawn Beveney, Guyanese footballer
- 1983 – Yuliya Golubchikova, Russian pole vaulter
- 1983 – Vasily Koshechkin, Russian ice hockey player
- 1983 – Román Martínez, the Argentinian footballer
- 1984 – Adam Ashley-Cooper, Australian rugby player
- 1984 – Ben Franks, Australian-born New Zealand rugby player
- 1984 – Brett Holman, Australian footballer
- 1985 – Dustin Byfuglien, American ice hockey player
- 1985 – Danny Vukovic, Australian footballer
- 1986 – Manuel Neuer, German footballer
- 1987 – Jefferson Bernárdez, Honduran footballer
- 1987 – Samuel Francis, Nigerian-Qatari sprinter
- 1987 – Polina Gagarina, Russian singer-songwriter, Russian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest
- 1987 – Buster Posey, American baseball player
- 1988 – Jessie J, English singer-songwriter
- 1988 – Atsuto Uchida, Japanese footballer
- 1988 – Brenda Song, American actress
- 1988 – Mauro Goicoechea, Uruguayan footballer
- 1988 – Holliday Grainger, English actress
- 1989 – Matt Harvey, American baseball player
- 1989 – Camilla Lees, New Zealand netball player
- 1990 – Erdin Demir, Swedish-Turkish footballer
- 1990 – Ben Hunt, Australian rugby league player
- 1990 – Nicolas Nkoulou, Cameroonian footballer
- 1990 – Luca Zuffi, Swiss footballer
- 1992 – Marc Muniesa, Spanish footballer
- 1995 – Bill Tuiloma, New Zealand footballer