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27 Aug, 1928 - Frank Lloyd Wright
1928 : Frank Lloyd Wright the celebrated architect has remarried his long time girlfriend Olga Millinoff a Montenegren Dancer in California. Find More What happened in 1928.
 

27 Aug, 1934 - Chicago Teachers Given Back Pay
1934 : Teachers in Chicago have at last been given their back pay after suffering with no wages for long periods of time. 18,000 teachers were affected because Chicago did not have money to pay them and most will receive over $1,000. Many lined up at the bank from long before the bank opened to cash their checks and it is expected that local traders would see a spending spree and paying of long outstanding bills which would help to boost the local economy.
 

27 Aug, 1955 - Guinness Book of World Records
1955 : The "Guinness Book of World Records" compiled by student twins Norris and Ross McWhirter is published for the first time and becomes an instant success. The book was originally owned by the Guinness Brewery (Hence The Name) it is currently owned by (the Jim Pattison Group) which the same company who owns Ripley Entertainment, Inc. The Guinness Book of Records holds it's own record as the world's most sold copyrighted book. Find out more What Happened in 1955.
 

27 Aug, 1962 - Mariner 2 Space Probe
1962 : The American space agency NASA launch the Mariner 2 space probe from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Mariner 2 flew past Venus 3½ months later collecting radiometric temperature measurement and Interplanetary Magnetic Field measurements.
 

 



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27 Aug, 1967 - UK Harold Wilson
1967 : Harold Wilson the British Prime minister has announced a major reshuffle of his cabinet and has dropped a number of the old guard Labour members to bring in new blood with fresh ideas to combat the problems of mounting unemployment and the public's disillusionment of the current Labour government.
 

27 Aug, 1979 - Lord Louis Mountbatten Murdered
August 27th, 1979 : The second cousin of the Queen Lord Louis Mountbatten is killed when IRA terrorists detonate a 50-pound bomb on his fishing boat in Donegal Bay off Ireland's northwest coast. Three others were also killed in the attack, he was one of the most popular members of the royal family because he was fighting alongside his fellow Brits as a Commander in the British Royal navy, including commanding the HMS Kelly which was sunk early in the war, he still continued sea service taking his chances alongside his men. What Else Happened In 1979.
 

27 Aug, 1979 - South Down Bombing
1979 : Eighteen British soldiers from the Second Battalion Parachute Regiment are killed by two booby trap bomb attacks at Warrenpoint, South Down, in Northern Ireland close to the border with the Irish Republic.
 

27 Aug, 1989 - Sky TV Launched
1989 : Rupert Murdoch who owns the Fox Television network in the United States has launched Sky TV which is received by paying subscribers via satellite dishes in England following on from his holdings in the UK newspaper market including The Times and The Sun.
 





27 Aug, 1990 - Trial Convicts Guinness chairman Ernest Saunders
1990 : Former Guinness chairman Ernest Saunders and his three conspirators Gerald Ronson, Sir Jack Lyons and Anthony Parnes are convicted for involvement in a conspiracy to drive up the price of shares of Guinness.
 

27 Aug, 1992 - Iraq No Fly Zone
August 27th, 1992 : President George Bush has informed Iraq's President Saddam Hussein that a no fly zone is now in place over southern Iraq , the No Fly Zone was authorized under United Nations Resolution in 1991 that demanded an end to the repression of civilians including Shiite Muslims, the no fly zone will stay in effect until international peacekeepers have confirmed or denied reports and will stay in place until it is no longer needed.
 

27 Aug, 1998 - Russia Ruble
1998 : Trading on the markets in the Russian Ruble have been suspended for the third day as the Ruble has continued it's downward spiral currently trading on the unofficial market is seeing the Ruble trading at close to 15 rubles to the dollar (just 3 weeks ago the figure was 6 rubles to the dollar). In addition to the ruble's problems the Moscow stock market has lost a further 60% in just 1 week with no signs of a let up.
 

27 Aug, 2006 - Kentucky Plane Crash
August 27th, 2006 : A (Delta Air Lines) Comair CRJ-100 passenger jet carrying 50 people has crashed shortly after taking off from Lexington airport in Kentucky, killing all but one on board.
 

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27 Aug, 2006 - World's Oldest Woman Dies
2006 : The world’s oldest woman died on this day of complications caused by pneumonia. Maria Esther de Capovilla was 116 years old and lived in Guayaquil, Colombia. She was generally in good health and her death was unexpected. Maria Esther de Capovilla had five children, eleven grand children, twenty great-grand children, and two great-great grandchildren.
 

27 Aug, 2007 - Alberto Gonzales
August 27th, 2007 : After much investigation and fighting, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation. The resignation came after accusations of abuse of power in the Bush administration over the firing of federal prosecutors that were believed to be for political reasons. He would officially leave office on September 17th.
 

27 Aug, 2009 - New Dinosaur Species Discovered
2009 : A new dinosaur species was discovered in Australia by paleontologists on a sheep farm in Queensland. The fossils of the dinosaur are estimated to be around 97 million years old and belong to an herbivore sauropod.
 

27 Aug, 2012 - Italian Miners in Underground Protest
August 27th, 2012 : Around one-hundred miners barricaded themselves underground with explosives in a pit in the island of Sardinia in protest of the closing of the country's only mine. If the mine was shut down they would all lose their jobs and they planned on staying underground until they get a meeting with the government.
 

27 Aug, 2013 - Walmart to Give Same-Sex Benefits
2013 : US retailer Wal-Mart, the largest private sector employer in the United States, stated they would begin to offer health insurance to same-sex partners of their workers. The change in policy came after the US Supreme Court ruled that the government must recognize same-sex marriages in the states that have legalized it.
 

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Lyndon B. Johnson
Born: 27th August 1908 Stonewall, Texas, USA
Died: January 22nd 1973 Stonewall, Texas, USA
Known For : Lyndon B. Johnson was the Vice President from 1961 and following on from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States. The following year in 1964 Johnson won the presidency by a landslide with 61% of the vote. Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) presidency was marked in a number of ways. The first because of how he came to power. The next because of his continuing the fight begun during the JFK years for the civil rights movement and the passing into law of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The third was the 1965 Medicare amendment to the Social Security Act providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over. The fourth and possibly most controversial was his increasing focus on the American military effort in Vietnam and increasing the numbers and roles of the American military from 16,000 American military advisers in Vietnam in 1963 to 550,000 American soldiers in Vietnam by 1968. Due to the large number of US casualties, first students and then the general population began protesting in greater and greater numbers leading to his announcement on March 31, 1968 he would not run for re-election: "I shall not seek, nor will I accept the nomination of my party for another term as your President."