This Day in History – May 27

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This Day in History - May 27

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”  George Santayana. Just like Rome, history was not built in a day. There are millions of events of history that humans are unaware of. Do you know? Just like a new day is full of opportunities, it is also filled with scientific discoveries, best inventions, or many more occurrences. A day you spent learning something new is never a waste. So, let’s strive to do better by remembering and learning from the events that took place around the world on this day in history – May 27. 

What Happened in India on May 27?

1948: Gandhi Assassination trial began

Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination trial started on May 27 by a special court of a judge in Red Fort. Nine men were found accused of the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and the trial came to an end in 1949.

Credits – British Pathe

1964: Mourns on the death of Jawaharlal Nehru

First former Prime Minister of Independent India & the founder of modern India, Jawaharlal Nehru died on this day. Nehru suffered a serious stroke on May 27 & was already in declining health.

2008: Ban on Cement Exports

The central government surprised everyone with a decision of withdrawing the ban imposed on cement exports. 

2016: Havildar Hangpan Dada Died.

Hangpan Dada was a brave soldier of the Indian Army who died on May 27. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Ashok Chakra’.

2010: India test-fired the Dhanush & Prithvi missile.

India was successful in test-firing the missiles like Dhanush & Prithvi 2 which were equipped with Nuclear Technology at a Balasore District in Chandipur, Odisha. Prithvi 2 is an earth-to-earth ballistic missile with a range of 350 km. Dhanush is the Naval version of the Prithvi missile

What Happened Around the World on May 27?

1660: The treaty of Copenhagen

The treaty of Copenhagen was signed up between the countries Sweden & Denmark – Norway. It was concluded to generate warfare between the two powers as well as helping to establish the modern boundaries of Denmark, Norway & Sweden

1703: Founding of St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg has played a vital role in Russian history was founded on May 27 in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great. He fiercely defended the city during world war 2 and was especially known for the scene of the 1917 revolutions. 

Credits – Ghipoli

1873: Discovery of ‘Priam’s Treasure’

Heinrich Schliemann discovers ‘Priam’s Treasure’ a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia. 

1889: Founding of Pennzoil Company

The American petrochemical corporation South Pen Oil Company, later became Pennzoil company was founded in Pennsylvania. 

1905: Russian East Sea Fleet destroyed

Japanese fleet destroys the Russian East Sea Fleet in the Battle of Tsushima, the only decisive clash between modern steel battleships in history.

1921: Afganistan became Indepedent

On May 27, Afghanistan was announced Independent from British control after 84 years. 

Credits – Epimetheus

1931: First flight into Stratosphere

Swiss Physicist Auguste Piccard & Charles Knipfer took the first flight into Stratosphere in a balloon. This 17-hour long flight reached the height of 51,793 feet making it one of the historical moments of aviation

1941: Sinking of the Bismarck

In World War 2, the British navy sank the German Battleship named Bismarck.

Credits – British Movietone

1993: Terrorist Bomb in Florence

A terrorist bomb went off in Florence which damaged the wings of the famous Uffizi Gallery. 

1994: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exiled from the Soviet Union

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exiled from the Soviet Union, for writing ‘The gulag, Archipelago’, who won the 1970 Nobel Prize for literature, return to his Russian homeland.

2000: Death of Canadian Ice Hockey player

Maurice Richard aka Pocket Rocket died at the age of 84. He helped Montreal Canadiens win eight Stanley cups while becoming the first NHL player to score 500 goals

Famous Birthdays on May 27

1794: Cornelius Vanderbilt

Cornelius Vanderbilt was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. 

Credits: Biographics

1819: Julia Ward Howe 

Julia Ward Howe was an American author & lecturer best known for Battle Hymn of the Republic.

1911: Hubert Humphrey

Hubert Humphrey was an American Democratic politician who was the 38th US Vice President, a presidential candidate, and a liberal Senate leader who was born in Wallace, South Dakota

1923: Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger is a former American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who served as United States Secretary of State.

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1962: Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri was also known as the all-rounder of the Indian Cricket team, celebrates his birth anniversary on May 27.

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