Today In History - Friday, March 27th
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
F71, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
Passover Massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel.
A Phillps Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills 1 and injures 71.
An F-117 Nighthawk is shot down during the Kosovo War.
The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
One of the biggest tornado outbreaks in recent memory hits the Southeastern United States. One tornado slams into a church in Piedmont, Alabama during Palm Sunday services killing 20 and injuring 90.
The Eurofighter takes its first flight in Manching, Germany.
Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo.
The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.
The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
Tenerife disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). 61 survived on the Pan Am flight.
The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens.
Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
Mariner 7 is launched.
The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
The Second Congress of the Workers Party of North Korea is convened.
World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
World War II: Battle of the Komandorski Islands - In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.
World War II: Yugoslavian Air Force officers topple the pro-axis government in a bloodless coup.
The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place.
Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania.
A fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, kills 312.
The Alpine Club of Canada is founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba
A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
Rioting takes place in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army.
The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, is played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place.
The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York.
Crimean War: The United Kingdom declares war on Russia.
First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans.
Mexican-American War: Siege of Fort Texas.
Texas Revolution: Goliad massacre - Antonio López de Santa Anna orders the Mexican army to kill about 400 Texans at Goliad, Texas.
Kirtland Temple in Ohio is dedicated in an 8 hour long service led by Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon.
War of 1812: In central Alabama, U.S. forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact.
Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The sixth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Joseph takes office.
Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.
The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.
Explorer Juan Ponce de León sights North America (specifically Florida) for the first time, mistaking it for another island.
Pope John XXII issues his ''In Agro Dominico'' condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.
Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.
Robert The Bruce is crowned King of Scotland at Scone.
Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.