This Day in History- July 27

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Almost every field of study teaches us about people who made significant contributions to that subject. Scientists learn about Aristotle, Newton, and Galileo, while painters learn about Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Van Gogh. In the discipline of life, it is necessary to analyze all the significant things that took place previously. In this blog, we will cover major events that took place on July 27.

What Happened in India on July 27?

1816: US troops punish Indians

To punish Indians for sheltering fugitive slaves, US forces demolished Fort Apalachicola, a Seminole fort.

1982: Indira Gandhi visited the USA

Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, paid her first visit to the United States in over 11 years on July 27, 1982.

Courtesy: The New York Times

2015: Demise of APJ Abdul Kalam

Indian scientist, politician, and the 11th President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam collapsed while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong and died on spot on July 27th, 2015.

IIM Shillong recalls last minutes of Dr Kalam
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

What Happened Around the World on July 27?

1214: 1st battle of Bouvines

King Philip II of France fought against Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV and King John of England, and as a result, John lost Normandy and his other French holdings (hence his nickname John “Lackland”)

The most important battle you've probably never heard of - BBC News
Courtesy: BBC

1377: First example of quarantine in Rugusa

Rugusa (now Dubroknik) was the first place where quarantine was used; the municipal council established a rule requiring arrivals from plague regions to be isolated for 30 days (later 40 days, Quaranta in Italian) on July 27, 1377.

The Term 'Quarantine' Comes From Medieval Efforts to Fight the Black Death  - HISTORY

1689: Battle of Killicrankie

Under the command of Viscount Dundee, Jacobite Scottish Highlanders defeated a royalist force led by General MacKay on July 27, 1689.

1866: Landing of the Atlantic Cable

The transatlantic telegraph wire was successfully put out by the Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Eastern steamer at Heart’s Content, Newfoundland on its second try (1,686 miles long).

1890: Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch painter, committed suicide by shooting himself on July 27, 1890, at Auvers-Sur-Oise and died as a result of his injuries, two days later.

Vincent van Gogh: One of the Greatest Artists, But A Life of Despair a –  Artisera
Courtesy: Artisera

1921: Discovery of Insulin

At the University of Toronto, Frederick Banting and Charles Best discovered insulin on July 27, 1921.

1953: Korean War Ends 

North Korea and the United Nations signed an armistice along the 38th parallel to end combat and partition Korea.

Courtesy: Kings and Generals

2012: 30th Olympics in London 

Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the 30th Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007).

Courtesy: Olympics

2017: Bezos overtook Gates

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos momentarily overtook Bill Gates as the world’s richest man, with a fortune of $91.4 billion on July 27, 2017. 

2020: COVID-19

COVID-19, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is “easily the most serious” global health emergency the WHO has encountered.

Famous Birthdays 

1946: Toktar Aubakirov

Toktar Ongarbayuly Aubakirov is a former cosmonaut and retired Kazakh Air Force officer. He is the first Kazakh to travel to space.

Toktar Aubakirov - Supercluster
Courtesy: Supercluster

1993: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Alexander Spieth is a former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking and PGA Tour professional golfer from the United States.

As Jordan Spieth seeks rebound in 2020, a reflection on his legendary  collegiate career - NZ Golf Magazine
Courtesy: NZ Golf Magazine

1994: Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow, born Chantelle Whitney Brown-Young, is a Jamaican-Canadian fashion model and prominent advocate for the skin disease vitiligo. She rose to popularity in 2014 as a competitor in the 21st season of the American reality television show America’s Next Top Model.

Courtesy: Good Morning America

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