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Porfirio Lobo Sosa, 54th President of Honduras. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 27 January?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

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Porfirio Lobo Sosa, 54th President of Honduras. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 27 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 27 JANUARY

2013 | Two hundred and forty-two people died in a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul.

2011 | The Yemeni revolution began with more than 16 000 protesters marching on Sana’a.

2010 | The 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis ended when Porfirio Lobo Sosa became Honduras’ new president.

2002 | An explosion at a military base in Lagos, Nigeria, killed at least 1 100 people and more than 20 000 displaced.

1973 | The Paris Agreement to end the Vietnam War, the longest American war to date, was signed on this day.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2006 | German journalist, and politician, 8th President of Germany, Johannes Rau, 75.

2012 | American politician, 51st Mayor of Boston, Kevin White, 83.

2006 | American singer-songwriter and producer, Gene McFadden, 58.

2010 | American actress, Zelda Rubinstein, Zelda Rubinstein, 77.

2000 | Austrian pianist and composer, Friedrich Gulda, 70.

BIRTHDAYS

1991 | German footballer, Christian Bickel.

1987 | American singer-songwriter and producer, Katy Rose.

1910 | Slovene general, economist, and politician, 2nd Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia, Edvard Kardelj, died in  1979 at age of 69.

1960 | Canadian-Scottish politician, Fiona O’Donnell.

1947 | British historian and author, Philip Sugden, died at age of 67.

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SPORTS

2002 | Liverpool midfielder Jamie Carragher was hit by a coin tossed from the crowd in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Highbury Stadium on this day.  He returned it to the crowd where he was handed a red card followed by a police warning, the club was fined £ 40 000 and he was given a three-match ban.

ENTERTAINMENT

2006 | For the first time “Big Momma’s House 2” film was released on this day in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

The origin of the Comoros Islands is volcanic.  The highest peak in Comoros is Karthala Peak 2 361m or 7 746 ft.