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What happened on December 27
- December 27, 0418 [Etalius] begins his reign as Catholic Pope
- December 27, 0537 The Hagia Sophia is completed.
- December 27, 1512 "The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World."
- December 27, 1610 "Paris France, H‚lŠne Boulle de Champlain, age 12, signs marriage contract with 40 year old Samuel de Champlain; daughter of a wealthy secretary to Louis XIII"
- December 27, 1657 The Flushing Remonstrance is signed.
- December 27, 1703 Portugal and England sign the Methuen Treaty which gives preference to Portuguese imported wines into England.
- December 27, 1741 "Prussian forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia"
- December 27, 1814 "Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans."
- December 27, 1822 Louis Pasteur born
- December 27, 1822 "Louis Pasteur chemist, scientist: developed pasteurization process, rabies vaccination; was born"
- December 27, 1825 First public railroad using steam locomotive completed in England
- December 27, 1831 Charles Darwin sets out on a 5 year voyage to gather data for his theory of evolution
- December 27, 1831 "Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution."
- December 27, 1836 "The worst ever avalanche in England occurs at Lewes, Sussex, killing 8 people."
- December 27, 1836 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
- December 27, 1845 "Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Williamson Long in Jefferson, Georgia."
- December 27, 1845 "Ether first used in childbirth in US, Jefferson GA"
- December 27, 1850 Hawaiian Fire Department established
- December 27, 1859 The Grand Trunk Railway completes its line between Toronto and Sarnia and establishes a ferry service across the St. Clair River to Fort Gratiot (Port Huron).
- December 27, 1867 Ontario & Quebec legislatures hold first meeting
- December 27, 1869 First issue of the Ottawa Free Press newspaper published.
- December 27, 1869 Louis Riel 1844-1885 elected President of the Provisional Government of Rupert's Land and the North West; with powers to negotiate with Canadian Commissioner Donald A. Smith
- December 27, 1871 "World's first cat show (Crystal Palace, London)"
- December 27, 1892 Foundation Stone of the Cathedral of St John laid (New York NY)
- December 27, 1900 "Carrie Nation's first public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)"
- December 27, 1901 Marlene Dietrich (Maria von Losch) actress in first German talkie is born
- December 27, 1903 """Sweet Adeline,"" a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung"
- December 27, 1903 "The barbershop quartet favorite, Sweet Adeline, was sung for the first time -- in New York City"
- December 27, 1906 "First annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, RI"
- December 27, 1918 The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.
- December 27, 1923 "Namba Daisuke, a Japanese student, tries to assassinate the Prince Regent Hirohito."
- December 27, 1926 Depot Square in the Bronx renamed Botanical Square
- December 27, 1926 Latkin Square in Bronx named for first US Jewish soldier to die in WW I
- December 27, 1927 """Show Boat"" opens at the Ziegfeld Theater (New York NY)"
- December 27, 1927 "In London England, the Daily Mail publishes the world's first wire photo, the invention of Winnipeg born engineer William Stephenson, later know as Intrepid, head of British security in North America during World War II."
- December 27, 1927 "Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled"
- December 27, 1932 Radio City Music Hall opens (New York NY)
- December 27, 1932 The Radio City Music Hall in New York City opens.
- December 27, 1934 "First youth hostel in US opens (Northfield, Mass)"
- December 27, 1937 "German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany"
- December 27, 1939 "Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake (Erzincam Turkey)"
- December 27, 1939 "Erzincan, Turkey was hit by an earthquake."
- December 27, 1939 "First American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)"
- December 27, 1940 "In New York City, Halifax born actress Ruby Keeler and her husband singer Al Jolson divorce after 12 years of marriage"
- December 27, 1941 "Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an ""open city"""
- December 27, 1943 "Curtis Veeder, the engineer who invented the modern automotive tachometer and odometer, died on this day"
- December 27, 1943 "Defending German paratroopers start to abandon town of Ortona after a week of fierce fighting with Maj-Gen Christopher Vokes' 1st Canadian Division; infantry from the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada suffered heavy casualties; 1,372 Canadians killed in taking Ortona and environs."
- December 27, 1943 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
- December 27, 1945 Allied Powers Agree to Divide Korea
- December 27, 1945 International Monetary Fund established-World Bank founded
- December 27, 1945 The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
- December 27, 1947 "First ""Howdy Doody Show,"" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC"
- December 27, 1949 Indonesian National Revolution: The Netherlands officially recognizes Indonesian independence.
- December 27, 1949 Queen Juliana (Netherlands) grants sovereignty to Indonesia
- December 27, 1949 United States of Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
- December 27, 1951 "The Crosley car was put into use by the U.S. Postal Service in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was the first right-hand-drive car designed specifically for mail delivery"
- December 27, 1968 Apollo 8 returns to Earth
- December 27, 1968 "Apollo Program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first manned mission to the Moon."
- December 27, 1970 """Hello, Dolly!"" closes on Broadway after a record 2,844 performances"
- December 27, 1972 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
- December 27, 1974 FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
- December 27, 1975 Explosion at Chasnala Colliery collapses drowning 350 (Dhanbad India)
- December 27, 1978 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
- December 27, 1979 """Knots Landing,"" premieres on CBS-TV"
- December 27, 1979 Red Army beats New York Rangers 5-2 at MSG
- December 27, 1979 "Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, President Hafizullah Amin overthrown"
- December 27, 1979 The Soviet Union seizes control of Afghanistan and Babrak Karmal replaces overthrown and executed President Hafizullah Amin.
- December 27, 1980 Number one hit on UK music charts - St Winifred's School Choir - There's No One Quite Like Grandma
- December 27, 1983 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
- December 27, 1985 Palestinian guerrillas kill eighteen people inside Rome and Vienna airports.
- December 27, 1985 Terrorists kill 20 & wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome & Vienna airports. President Reagan blamed Libyan leader Momar Qadhafi
- December 27, 1986 Number one hit on UK music charts - Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
- December 27, 1988 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
- December 27, 1990 Barbara McDougall announces a five-year $332 million agreement to give Quebec control of cultural integration of immigrants to the province.
- December 27, 1990 San Francisco became the first city to adopt regulations regarding video display terminals in the workplace
- December 27, 1996 Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
- December 27, 1997 Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland.
- December 27, 2002 "Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya."
- December 27, 2007 "Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated, brought down by gunshots to the chest and neck. Her assassin then detonates a suicide bomb, killing at least 20 of Bhutto's followers."
- December 27, 2009 "A consortium led by Korea Electric Power gets a US$20.4-billion contract to build nuclear power plants in the United Arab Emirates, the largest-ever energy deal in the Middle East."
- December 27, 2009 "A tomb, believed to be that of Cao Cao, one of the Chinese leaders during the Three Kingdoms period, is discovered in Henan Province."
- December 27, 2009 "At least six people are dead and many missing after a ferry sinks off Verde Island near Batangas, Philippines, the second such disaster in as many days."
- December 27, 2009 Croatia holds a presidential election.
- December 27, 2009 "Important Islamic date - Aashura: December 27, 2009"
- December 27, 2009 "Iranian police clash with opposition protesters in central Tehran and other cities, with reports of some deaths."
- December 27, 2009 Officials in Yemen say top Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi has been killed during an offensive in the north of the country.
- December 27, 2009 The nephew of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi is killed by security forces in clashes with protestors.
- December 27, 2009 Uzbekistan holds a parliamentary election to elect members of the Supreme Assembly.