Today In History - Friday, March 27th

2006


The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
2004


F71, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
2002


Passover Massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel.
2000


A Phillps Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills 1 and injures 71.
1999


An F-117 Nighthawk is shot down during the Kosovo War.
1998


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.
1994


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.
1993


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.
1990


The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
1986


A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.
1980


The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
1977


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.
1976


The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens.
1975


Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
1970


Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
1969


Mariner 7 is launched.
1964


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.
1963


Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
1958


Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
1948


The Second Congress of the Workers Party of North Korea is convened.
1945


World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
1943


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.
1941


World War II: Yugoslavian Air Force officers topple the pro-axis government in a bloodless coup.
1938


The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place.
1918


Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania.
1910


A fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, kills 312.
1906


The Alpine Club of Canada is founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba
1890


A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
1881


Rioting takes place in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army.
1871


The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, is played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place.
1868


The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York.
1854


Crimean War: The United Kingdom declares war on Russia.
1851


First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans.
1846


Mexican-American War: Siege of Fort Texas.
1836


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.
1814


War of 1812: In central Alabama, U.S. forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
1794


The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact.
1782


Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1642


The sixth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Joseph takes office.
1625


Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.
1613


The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.
1513


Explorer Juan Ponce de León sights North America (specifically Florida) for the first time, mistaking it for another island.
1329


Pope John XXII issues his ''In Agro Dominico'' condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.
1309


Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.
1306


Robert The Bruce is crowned King of Scotland at Scone.
196


Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.