May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining.

  1. 1120 - Richard III of Capua anointed as prince a fortnight before his untimely death
  2. 1328 - Philip VI is crowned King of France.
  3. 1647 - First recorded execution of a witch in the American colonies.
  4. 1703 - Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
  5. 1813 - War of 1812: In Canada, American forces capture Fort George.
  6. 1849 - The Great Hall of Euston station, London opened.
  7. 1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian Unification.
  8. 1883 - Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.
  9. 1895 - Oscar Wilde is sent to prison for sodomy.
  10. 1896 - The F4-strength St. Louis-East St. Louis Tornado hits in St. Louis, Missouri and East Saint Louis, Illinois, killing at least 255 people and incurring $2.9 billion in damages (1997USD).
  11. 1901 - In New Jersey, the Edison Storage Battery Company is founded.
  12. 1905 - Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima begins.
  13. 1907 - A Bubonic plague outbreak begins in San Francisco, California.
  14. 1919 - The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight.
  15. 1919 - Charles Strite patents the pop-up toaster.
  16. 1923 - The first 24 hours of Le Mans race ends.
  17. 1924 - The Music Corporation of America (MCA) is founded.
  18. 1927 - The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacturing the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make Ford Model As.
  19. 1930 - The 1,046 feet (319 meters) tall Chrysler Building in New York (tallest man-made structure at the time) opens to the public.
  20. 1932 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens.
  21. 1933 - New Deal: The U.S. Federal Securities Act is signed into law requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
  22. 1933 - The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon The Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
  23. 1933 - The Century of Progress World's Fair opens in Chicago.
  24. 1935 - New Deal: The Supreme Court of the United States declares the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in the case A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, (295 U.S. 495).
  25. 1936 - The RMS Queen Mary begins her maiden voyage.
  26. 1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County.
  27. 1939 - DC Comics publishes its second superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman, one of the most topical comic book superheroes of all time.
  28. 1940 - World War II: 97 out of 99 members of a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are massacred while trying to surrender at Dunkirk. The German commander, Captain Fritz Knoechlein, is eventually hanged for war crimes.
  29. 1941 - World War II: U.S. President Roosevelt proclaims an "unlimited national emergency".
  30. 1941 - World War II: The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing 2,300 men.
  31. 1942 - World War II: Operation Anthropoid - assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague.
  32. 1960 - In Turkey, a military coup removed President Celal Bayar and the rest of the democratic government from office.
  33. 1963 - Folk music singer Bob Dylan releases The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album, which features "Blowin' in the Wind" and several other of his best-known songs.
  34. 1964 - Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru dies in office.
  35. 1965 - Vietnam War: United States warships begin bombardments of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam for the first time.
  36. 1968 - Future U.S. president George W. Bush enlists in the Texas Air National Guard.
  37. 1974 - Jacques Chirac becomes Prime Minister of France.
  38. 1977 - An Aeroflot plane crashes, killing 69 people.
  39. 1980 - The Gwangju Massacre: airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  40. 1987 - FC Porto wins the European Cup, defeating Bayern M√ľnchen by 2-1 in Prater Stadion in Wien.
  41. 1995 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
  42. 1996 - First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire in the war.
  43. 1997 - The F5-strength Jarrell Tornado slams into the small town of Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
  44. 1998 - Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  45. 1999 - The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan MiloŇ°evic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
  46. 2006 - The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.