Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The French Space Agency (CNES) spacecraft COROT was successfully launched in Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 14:28 UTC (GMT+4) to search for extrasolar planets.
Monday, December 27, 2004
Astrophysicists from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching near Munich measure the strongest burst from a magnetar. At 21:30:26 UT the earth is hit by a huge wave front of gamma and X-rays. It is the strongest flux of high-energetic gamma radiation measured so far.
Friday, December 27, 2002
Chechen rebels detonate two car bombs at the Grozny headquarters of Chechnya's Russian-backed government in an apparent suicide attack, killing more than 80 people. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2609289.stm
Clonaid, the medical arm of a cult called Raelism, who believe that aliens introduced human life on Earth, claims to have successfully cloned a human being. They claim that aliens taught them how to perform cloning, even though the company has no record of having successfully cloned any previous animal. A spokesperson said an independent agency would prove that the baby, named Eve, is in fact an exact copy of her mother. //apnews.excite.com/article/20021228/D7O6OBAO0.html
A suicide truck-bomb attack destroys the headquarters of Chechnya
's Moscow-backed government, killing 72.
Monday, December 27, 1999
The U.S. turns over complete administration of the Panama Canal
to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977
In Cambodia the Khmer Rouge is officially dissolved some time in December.
Saturday, December 27, 1997
Friday, December 27, 1996
Sunday, December 27, 1992
A U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon shoots down an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat that violated the Iraqi no-fly zones.
Wednesday, December 27, 1978
Abortion is legalized in Italy for the first time.
initiates a recall for the Pinto
because of a public outcry resulting from deaths associated with gas tank explosions
Artificial insulin is invented.
Sunday, December 27, 1970
The suspected killers of Pierre Laporte
, Jacques and Paul Rose and Francis Sunard, are arrested near Montreal.
's president declares new elections.
Burgos Trial: Three Basques are sentenced to death (3 twice), others sentenced to 12 to 62 years, and one is released.
Monday, December 27, 1965
The British oil platform "Sea Gem" collapses in the North Sea.
Sunday, December 27, 1964
Tuesday, December 27, 1960
Tuesday, December 27, 1949
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants Indonesia sovereignty.
Sunday, December 27, 1942
Saturday, December 27, 1941
WWII: British Commandos
raid the Norwegian port of Vaagso
, causing Hitler to reinforce the garrison and defenses, drawing vital troops away from other areas.
The Indochina Communist party, led by Ho Chi Minh
, combines with the Nationalist party to form the Viet Minh.
Wednesday, December 27, 1939
A logging crew sets off a second forest fire in the Tillamook Burn, which destroys .
CBS Television begins transmission.
Tuesday, December 27, 1938
A massive avalanche of snow hits a construction worker dormitory site in Kurobe
, Japan, killing 87.
Friday, December 27, 1935
Thursday, December 27, 1934
Tuesday, December 27, 1927
Kern and Hammerstein's musical play, "Show Boat
", based on Edna Ferber's novel
, opens on Broadway
and then goes on to become the first great classic of the American musical theater.
Thursday, December 27, 1923
The crown prince of Japan
survives an assassination attempt in Tokyo
Friday, December 27, 1918
Tuesday, December 27, 1904
The stage play "Peter Pan
, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" premieres in London
Saturday, December 27, 1873
Siege of Bilbao-Third Carlist War-(27 December 1873 - 2 May 1874)-Caigning in Navarre, Pretender Don Carlos VII and General Joaquín Elío besiege Bilbao, held by General Ignacio del Castillo and 1,200 men. The Carlist force is ten times this number and includes most of the troops from Navarre, Vizcaya and Alava, although a considerable force is left in Guipúzcoa. Despite defeat at nearby Somorrostro, Republic commander Marshal Francisco Serrano, supported by Generals Manuel de la Concha and Arsenio Martínez Cos, brilliantly breaks the siege and Concha then marches on Estella.
, the oldest professional sports team still playing in North America
League of the Three Emperors is created. It links the conservative monarchs of Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia in an alliance against radical movements.
The United Kingdom declares war against Ghana's King Kofi KariKari, who is involved in the trading of slaves. The war ends by July and the British establish the Gold Coast Colony.
Britain puts pressure on Sultan Barghash Sayyid, who closes slave markets in Zanzibar
The Swedish arms company "Bofors
" is incorporated.
is first synthesized.
Saturday, December 27, 1845
American journalist John L. O'Sullivan claims in a newspaper article that the United States have a "Manifest Destiny" to expand their borders. It is the second time he uses the term and will have a huge influence on the American imperialistic movement of the century.
American journalist John L. O'Sullivan
claims in a newspaper article that the United States have a "Manifest Destiny
" to expand their borders. It is the second time he uses the term and will have a huge influence on the American imperialistic movement of the century.
Tuesday, December 27, 1836
Thursday, December 27, 1703
Portugal and England sign the Methuen Treaty
, which gives preference to Portuguese wines imported into England.
Thursday, December 27, 1657
's first chocolate house is opened in London.
Coffee is introduced to France.
Christiaan Huygens writes the first book to be published on probability theory, "De ratiociniis in ludo aleae" (On Reasoning in Games of Chance).
The Flushing Remonstrance is signed in New Amsterdam at the site of the future (1862) Flushing Town Hall in New York.
Monday, December 27, 1655
The "Bibliotheca Thysiana
" is erected, the only surviving 17th century exle in the Netherlands of a building designed as a library.
Wednesday, December 19, 1347 (Julianian calendar)
to fund the military operations in Corsica, the Republic of Genoa had to borrow at 20% from an association of creditors known as the "Compera nuova acquisitionis Corsicæ".ref name=Canale 1864
The Charles University in Prague is founded (this or the next year).
Friday, December 25, 537 (Julianian calendar)
Spring ndash At the Battle of Scalas Veteres in Africa, Byzantine troops under Germanus, defeat a large-scale mutiny. Stotzas, leader of the rebellion, flees with a handful of followers to Mauretania.