Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,060 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About January 27

January 27, 2021 is the 27th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 338 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 16 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 27

  • 1186
    Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, marries Constance of Sicily.
  • 1343
    Pope Clement VI issues the Bull Unigenitus.
  • 1695
    Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa rules until his abdication in 1703.
  • 1944
    World War II: The 900-day Siege of Leningrad is lifted.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
  • 1951
    Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.
  • 1952
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 1984
    Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.
  • 1996
    In a military coup Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.
  • 2003
    The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.

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