On this day

Former U.S. President, Barack Obama, on this day, in 2016, he visited
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and meet Hibakusha. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 27 May?

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

On this day

Former U.S. President, Barack Obama, on this day, in 2016, he visited
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and meet Hibakusha. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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

ON THIS DAY: 27 MAY

2018 | Maryland Flood Disaster: A flood occurred across the entire Patapsco Basin causing one death and destroying the entire first floors building on Ellicott City Highway and causing vehicles to overturn.

2016 | Barack Obama was the first president of the United States to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and meet Hibakusha.

2006 | A magnitude 6.4 Yogyakarta earthquake struck central Java with an MSK intensity of VIII (Damaging), resulting in more than 5 700 deaths and 37 000 injuries.

1997 | The 1997 Central Texas tornado outbreak occurred, spawning multiple tornadoes in Central Texas, including the F5 that killed 27 in Jarrell.

1971 | Pakistani forces massacred over 200 civilians, mostly Bengali Hindus, in the Bagbati massacre.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1947 | American politician, Peter DeFazio.

1955 | American actor, director, and producer, Richard Schiff.

1974 | British singer-songwriter, Skye Edwards.

1987 | Czech speed skater and cyclist, Martina Sablikova.

1957 | Norwegian politician, Norwegian Minister of Labour, Dag Terje Andersen.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

1963 | Greek physician and politician, Grigoris Lambrakis, 51.

2011 | Polish-American basketball player, Margo Dydek, 37.

1939 | Austrian-French journalist and author, Joseph Roth, 45.

2014 | German director, producer, and screenwriter, Helma Sanders-Brahms, 74.

1984 | Serbian composer, Vasilije Mokranjac, 61.

SPORTS

1972 | On this day, Alan Ball of England assembled a crowd of 119,325 at Hampden Park by wiping his nose at a corner flag bearing the Cross of St Andrew. England thumped Scotland 1-0  and Ball scored.

ENTERTAINMENT

2005 | The official release of Madagascar was on this day in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

The Yoruba are the world’s leading twins births