#TodayInHistory – August 272 min read
August 27 – Some important events on this day.
479 BC 👉🏼 Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Plataea, Persian forces led by Mardonius routed by Greek army under Pausanias; together with Greek success at Battle of Mycale halts Persian invasion of Greece
479 BC 👉🏼 Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Mycale won by Greek forces over Persian naval troops on Ionian coast, double victory with that at Plataea ends Persian invasion
663 👉🏼 Battle of Baekgang: Tang Chinese and Silla Korean forces defeat Korean Baekje forces and their Yamato Japanese allies on the Geum River in Korea. Last Japanese invasion of Korea for 900 years.
1789 👉🏼 French National Assembly issues the “Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen”
1869 👉🏼 1st international boat race (River Thames, Oxford beats Harvard)
1881 👉🏼 Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die
1883 👉🏼 Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people.
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1896 👉🏼 Britain defeats Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM). It is the shortest recorded war in history!
1916 👉🏼 Romania enters World War I
1950 👉🏼 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
1955 👉🏼 “The Guinness Book of Records” debuts
1964 👉🏼 Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles
1979 👉🏼 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland
2000 👉🏼 540-metre-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
2008 👉🏼 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States