About August 27

August 27, 2021 is the 239th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 126 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 158 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 27

  • 479 BC
    Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea.
  • 1172
    Henry the Young King and Margaret of France are crowned as junior king and queen of England.
  • 1593
    Pierre Barrière fails in his attempt to assassinate King Henry IV of France.
  • 1776
    The Battle of Long Island: in what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington.
  • 1798
    Wolfe Tone’s United Irish and French forces clash with the British Army in the Battle of Castlebar, part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, resulting in the creation of the French puppet Republic of Connaught.
  • 1813
    French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden.
  • 1883
    The eruption of Krakatoa
  • 1921
    The British install the son of Sharif Hussein bin Ali (leader of the Arab Revolt of 1916 against the Ottoman Empire) as King Faisal I of Iraq.
  • 1922
    The Turkish army takes the Aegean city of Afyonkarahisar from the Greeks.
  • 1943
    Japanese forces evacuate New Georgia Island in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
  • 1957
    The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force.
  • 1969
    Israeli commando force penetrates deep into Egyptian territory to stage a mortar attack on regional Egyptian Army headquarters in the Nile Valley of Upper Egypt.
  • 1979
    A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten and three others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Shortly after, 18 British Army soldiers are killed in an ambush near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland (see Warrenpoint ambush).
  • 1982
    Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Altıkat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital. Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide claim responsibility, saying they are avenging the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
  • 1985
    The Nigerian government is peacefully overthrown by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida.
  • 1991
    Moldova declares independence from the USSR.
  • 2000
    540 m-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
  • 2003
    Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34646418 mi distant.
  • 2003
    The first six-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, convene to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
  • 2006
    Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.

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