On This Day in History – August 27 – Almanac


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On August 27, 1979, IRA militants killed Louis Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of England, by blowing up his boat. It was the IRA’s first attack on the royal family. Photo file by Allan Warren/Wikimedia

Today is Saturday August 27, the 239th day of 2022 with 126 to follow.

The moon is new. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include the German philosopher Georg Hegel in 1770; novelist Theodore Dreiser in 1871; the English automobile manufacturer Charles Rolls in 1877; the photographer Man Ray in 1890; the British novelist CS Forester in 1899; Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, in 1908; singer/actor Tommy Sands in 1937 (85); the writer William Least Heat-Moon in 1939 (age 83); actor Tuesday Weld in 1943 (age 79); actor Barbara Bach in 1947 (age 75); actor Paul Reubens in 1952 (age 70); Bernhard Langer, member of the Golf Hall of Fame, in 1957 (age 65); fashion designer/director Tom Ford in 1961 (age 61); actor Chandra Wilson in 1969 (age 53); actor Sarah Chalke in 1976 (age 46); actor Aaron Paul in 1979 (age 43); actor Patrick J. Adams in 1981 (age 41); actor Kayla Ewell in 1985 (age 37); actor Blake Jenner in 1992 (age 30); actor Jessie Mei Li in 1995 (27 years old).


On this historical date:

In 1859, the first successful oil well in the United States was drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania.

In 1883, the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurred on Krakatoa, a small uninhabited island west of Sumatra in Indonesia.

In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, prohibiting war as a means of settling international disputes, was signed by 15 nations in Paris. World War II broke out 11 years later.

In 1939, Adolf Hitler notified England and France that Germany wanted Danzig and the Polish Corridor.

In 1955 the first Guinness World Records book was published.

In 1979, IRA militants killed Louis Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of England, by blowing up his boat. It was the IRA’s first attack on the royal family.

In 1999, two Russian cosmonauts and a French astronaut left Mir to return to Earth, leaving the Russian space station in orbit unmanned for the first time in 13 years.

In 2008, US Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was officially chosen as the Democratic presidential nominee at the party’s national convention in Denver. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware was the party’s running mate.

In 2009, 17-year-old Briton Mike Perham, after a nine-month voyage in a 50ft yacht, was recognized as the youngest person to sail around the world alone without assistance. At 14, he was the youngest to cross the Atlantic solo.

In 2010, the planned $3 billion merger between Continental and United Airlines was approved by the US Department of Justice, removing the main regulatory hurdle to creating the world’s largest airline.

In 2020, New Zealand handed down its first life sentence without parole for Brenton Tarrant for killing 51 mosque worshipers in Christchurch.

In 2021, Prince Andrew, the second eldest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was sued accusing him of raping and sexually abusing a woman when she was underage. He settled the lawsuit to avoid going to trial.


A thought for the day: “We cannot have a government for all the people until we are sure that it is a government of and by all the people. — President Lyndon B. Johnson

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