1964 U.S.A. Alaska Earthquake
27th March, 1964: A massive earthquake Named the “Good Friday Earthquake,” that measured 8.6 on the Richter scale struck Alaska , flattening buildings and triggering a massive tidal wave.
1952 U.S.A. "Singin' in the Rain"
Thusday, 27th March, 1952 : The comedy musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds debuts at the movies
1980 U.S.A. Mount St. Helens Erupts
27th March, 1980: After a week of small earthquakes below the area, an eruption of Mount St. Helens blasts a mushroom cloud over most of the state of Washington.
Just 2 months later St. Helens catastrophically erupted on May 18, 1980 during which 57 people were killed or never found and huge tracts of forest and homes were destroyed.
1998 U.S.A. Viagra
27th March, 1998: The FDA approves the drug Viagra produced by Pfizer for use against impotence in men.
2001 U.S.A. California Electricity Price Increase 46%
27th March, 2001: California regulators approved electricity rate hikes of up to 46 percent following the partially deregulated California energy system .
1989 Soviet Union Parliamentary Elections
27th March, 1989: A high turnout of eighty Percent of Russian people vote in Soviet parliamentary elections with many non-communist members being elected. This is a continuing trend in the Soviet Union of openness, and transparency in the activities of all government institutions together with freedom of information "glasnost and perestroika" .
An important point to note is the percentage of voters in the Soviet Union who used their right to vote compared with other countries in the same decade.
Soviet Union 80 - 85 % of those who had the right to vote did so
U.S.A. Presidential Elections 1988 Closer to 50 % of those who had the right to vote did so
United Kingdom General Elections 1987 Closer to 75% of those who had the right to vote did so
I think the important thing about the percentage of people who waste the vote they have is why. Is it because of apathy or because they feel disenfranchised by US politics
1908 Hong Kong Canada Immigrants
27th March, 1908 : Hundreds of men in Hong Kong are waiting to come to Vancouver. These men were from Calcutta, India, and already had purchased transportation to Canada as a destination. However, they were held up. Canada was willing to let them in, but it was not so easy in other parts of the world, such as in Hong Kong.
1909 England First Fingerprint Evidence Used in Murder Case
27th March, 1909: For the first time fingerprint evidence is used to solve a murder case. The worlds first official Fingerprint Bureau was founded in Scotland Yard in 1901. It should also be noted that the World's first Fingerprint Bureau opened in Calcutta, India in 1897
1920 Russia Famine
27th March, 1920: Famine was just starting in Russia due a food shortage. No wheat flour was available caused by disturbances in agriculture during the World War I and the Russian Revolution and civil war that followed.
1935 Germany Hitler Demands For Guns
27th March, 1935: Hitler demanded that Germany have equal military power with other European nations. He wanted this on a gun-for-gun basis. (However, it was also recorded that he wanted superiority over the Russian army.)
1940 Canada Liberal Party Win Elections
27th March, 1940: A summary of current Canadian election results was given. The Liberal Party of Canada won the majority of the votes, and Prime Minister MacKenzie King was put in office for another five-year term.
1945 U.S.A. Ella Fitzgerald
27th March, 1945 : Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys record the smash hit "It's Only a Paper Moon." Since then, it has become a popular standard for both jazz artists and pop music artists.
1955 U.S.A. Niagara Falls
27th March, 1955: A demolition crew using helicopters blasted ice in Niagara Falls. This was considered a fruitless attempt to break up the ice that has caused destruction along the shores of this body of the Niagara River.
1958 Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
27th March, 1958: Nikita Khrushchev becomes the Premier of the Soviet Union today.
1962 U.S.A. Segregation
27th March, 1962: Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of Louisiana, called for all Roman Catholic schools in the city of New Orleans to end their segregation policies.
1963 England 1st Beeching Report
27th March, 1963: The chairman of the British Transport Commission, Dr Richard Beeching, says nearly 1/4 of British Rail stations and track need to be closed to make the British Rail Network Viable, this equates to over 2,000 stations and 250 train services which could be withdrawn immediately on economic grounds.
The outcome of his first report and a second report in 1965 led to the loss of 2,128 stations closed and many branch lines leading to the loss of 67,700 jobs.
1966 U.S.A. Indira Gandhi
27th March, 1966: Following her election as Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi arrives in the U.S. for a meeting with President Johnson.
1967 Indonesia Communist Party
27th March, 1967: At least one print publication revealed Indonesia’s decision towards Communist rule in this country. One decision made by the Indonesian parliament on the day before was to not allow former members of the Indonesian Communist Party to run for government office.
1968 Soviet Union Yuri Gagarin
27th March, 1968: Yuri Gagarin, the famous Russian cosmonaut who flew the world's first manned space mission, died during a training flight .
1972 Northern Ireland Factory Workers Strike
27th March, 1972: Thousands of office and factory workers left their jobs. This action was done in retaliation of British government takeover.
1977 Canary Islands Jumbo Jets Collide
27th March, 1977: Two 747 jumbo jets a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members.
1980 U.K. Alexander Kielland Platform
27th March, 1980: The Alexander Kielland platform 230 miles off shore from Dundee in Scotland is hit by a giant wave which causes one of the legs supporting it to give way, the platform then capsized throwing those trying to get off into the cold North Sea. RAF and Norwegian helicopters along with any shipping close to the accident have been asked to help with the rescue. The current stormy weather conditions are making rescue difficult and the bitter cold sea combined with the stormy conditions left 123 dead
1987 U.S.A. Radon Gas
27th March, 1987: Radon gas caused a serious health threat in Montgomery County. This case was found in several homes, and it was suspected to be the cause of up to 50 deaths every year.
1990 U.K. Robert Runchie
27th March, 1990: The Most Reverend Robert Runchie’s plans to retired were made public in a newspaper. As of the following January, he had plans to step down from his position as Archbishop of Canterbury. He had served in this position for ten years.
1994 U.K. European Fighter Aircraft "Eurofighter"
27th March, 1994: The European Fighter Aircraft "Eurofighter" has makes its inaugural test flight.
The joint venture plans for the Eurofighter were first conceived in 1983 and is a joint venture between British Aerospace Defence, Dasa in Germany, Alenia in Italy. Casa in Spain.
The aircraft which achieves Mach 2 with an expected speed of 1,370mph entered production in 2003 as the Eurofighter Typhoon with 137 so far sold and in use in Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, Aeronautica Militare, Italiana, Ejército del Aire.
Additional orders from Austria and Saudi Arabia have followed
2002 U.S.A. War Vets Return
27th March, 2002: Veterans who were at war had just returned. A news publication dated this date in 2002 briefly described the details of this homecoming that took place the day before.
Tears of relief and/or happiness, a marriage proposal, and shouts of joy were part of the uplifting actions that had taken place. A large number of the military crew that just returned after six-month service aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt had served the country after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack.
2006 U.S.A. Zacarias Moussaoui
27th March, 2006: Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui a French citizen of Moroccan descent claimed in his trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House but it is unclear if he was telling the truth or seeking publicity.
He was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans as part of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and is serving a life sentence at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.
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2008 Internet Fitna is published online
27th March, 2008 : Geert Wilders has posted a film of Islam's holy book, the Koran, on the Internet.
The opening scenes show the Koran and
footage of the 9/11 attacks. The seventeen-minute film was posted on the video-sharing
website LiveLeak. It shows selected
excerpts from Suras of the Koran, interspersed with media clips and newspaper
cuttings of the violence and hatred shown by
Muslims. The film is trying to show its viewers that the Koran is used to motivate
its followers to hate anyone that violates
Islamic teachings. Consequently, the film argues that Islam encourages acts of
terrorism, antisemitism, violence against women,
violence and the subjugation of infidels and homosexuals.
2010 United States A credit card hacker is sentenced to twenty years
27th March, 2010 : A self-taught computer hacker that stole data from millions of credit-card holders
and cost businesses hundreds of millions of
dollars was sentenced Friday to twenty years and one day in prison. This is the
stiffest sentence ever handed down in a
hacking case. The sentencing in Boston has wrapped up the cases against Albert
Gonzalez, a 28-year-old college dropout
and onetime Secret Service informant, in what the prosecutors called one of the
largest and most costly computer crimes in
Germany 2012 Germany German Airports Cancel Flights Due to Strikes
27th March, 2012 : A strike among ground staff at German airports disrupted travel for many as hundreds of flights were cancelled in the country. The strike was over a dispute about pay, with workers demanding a pay rise. The strike also included public transport workers, hospitals, local government, and nursery schools.
United States 2013 United States Singer Files for Bankruptcy
27th March, 2013 : Singer Dionne Warwick filed for bankruptcy in the United States. The singer had build up debts of nearly ten million dollars in taxes.
Celebrating Birthday's Today Quentin Tarantino Born: March 27th 1963,
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. Known For : Best known as a Movie director and producer. His movies have developed a cult following because they are considered very different to other movies due to his different style of film which relies on an unusaul combination of violence and humour . Some of his best known and successfull movies include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Four Rooms ( 1995 ), Kill Bill (2003–2004), and Inglourious Basterds ( 2009 )