March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in leap years). There are 279 days remaining.

  1. 1513 - (not 1512 as often cited) - Explorer Juan Ponce de León sights North America (specifically Florida) for the first time, mistaking it for another island.
  2. 1613 - First English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.
  3. 1625 - Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.
  4. 1782 - Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  5. 1794 - The government of the United States establishes a permanent United States Navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
  6. 1794 - Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact.
  7. 1814 - War of 1812: In central Alabama, United States forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
  8. 1834 - Andrew Jackson is censured by the U.S. Senate for his actions regarding the U.S. National Bank.
  9. 1836 - Texas Revolution: Goliad massacre - Antonio López de Santa Anna orders the Mexican army to kill about 400 Texans at Goliad, Texas.
  10. 1846 - Mexican-American War: Siege of Fort Texas.
  11. 1851 - First reported case of Europeans seeing Yosemite Valley.
  12. 1854 - Crimean War: United Kingdom declares war on Russia.
  13. 1868 - The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York.
  14. 1871 - First international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place.
  15. 1890 - A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
  16. 1906 - Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  17. 1918 - Moldova and Bessarabia join Romania.
  18. 1923 - FART construction completed.
  19. 1938 - Battle of Tai er zhuang.
  20. 1942 - World War II: United Kingdom forces raid the U-boat base at St. Nazaire, France.
  21. 1945 - World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
  22. 1958 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
  23. 1963 - Dr Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network. See Beeching axe.
  24. 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.
  25. 1969 - Mariner 7 is launched.
  26. Tenerife disaster1971 - SS Texaco Oklahoma breaks in half and sinks off Cape Hatteras, killing 31 of 44 aboard.
  27. 1976 - The first 4.6 miles of the Washington, DC subway system is opened.
  28. 1977 - Tenerife disaster: Two jumbo jets collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583.
  29. 1980 - The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
  30. 1980 - Silver Thursday market crash.
  31. 1986 - Car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer, Angela Taylor, and injuring 21 people.
  32. 1987 - The song Where the Streets Have No Name of U2 was first played on the rooftop of a Los Angeles liquor store before The Joshua Tree concert.
  33. 1988 - Moudud Ahmed becomes Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
  34. 1990 - Propaganda: The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba.
  35. 1993 - Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
  36. 1993 - Albert Zafy becomes President of Madagascar.
  37. 1993 - Mahamane Ousmane becomes President of Niger.
  38. 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.
  39. 2002 - Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.
  40. 2004 - HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
  41. 2006 - The UN Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
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