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On This Day In History - March 27

By CM Chaney · March 27, 2024

On This Day In History - March 27

"On This Day in History" is a captivating journey through time, revisiting the most significant events that have occurred on this very date throughout the years.

From monumental political decisions and groundbreaking scientific discoveries to unforgettable moments in sports and cultural milestones, each article in this series will transport you back to a specific day, offering a glimpse into the past and revealing how these events have shaped our world.

Join us as we uncover the fascinating stories that have left an indelible mark on history.  Wikimedia

47 BCE: Cleopatra Reclaims Egyptian Throne with Caesar's Help

On this day in 47 BCE, Cleopatra VII, aided by Julius Caesar, was reinstated as coruler of Egypt alongside her brother Ptolemy XIV after a civil war.  Wikimedia/Fox film

1351: Knights Clash in Brittany Succession Dispute

In the Battle of the Thirty near Ploërmel, knights of Charles of Blois (backed by France) and John of Montfort (supported by England) fought for Brittany's succession.  Wikimedia/Octave Penguilly L'Haridon

1625: Charles I Becomes King of Great Britain and Ireland

Following the death of James I, Charles I succeeded to the throne and began his reign as the sovereign of Great Britain and Ireland.  Wikimedia/Daniël Mijtens

1814: Jackson Defeats Creek in Brutal Battle

In the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Alabama, Andrew Jackson's troops defeated the Creek Indians, killing over 800 warriors and capturing 500 women and children.  Wikimedia/Ser Amantio di Nicolao

1886: Birth of Influential Architect Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German American architect known for his elegant, rectilinear designs that defined the International Style, was born on this day.  Wikimedia/Hugo Erfurth

1915: "Typhoid Mary" Quarantined for Life

Mary Mallon, known as "Typhoid Mary," was quarantined on North Brother Island, NYC, until her death in 1938 due to her role in spreading typhoid fever.  Wikimedia

1927: Renowned Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich Born

Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the 20th century's most celebrated cellists and former music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, was born in Azerbaijan on this day.  Wikimedia/Пресс-служба Президента России

1958: Khrushchev Takes Over as Soviet Premier

Nikita Khrushchev assumed the position of premier of the Soviet Union, succeeding Nikolay Bulganin and consolidating his power as the country's new leader.  Wikimedia

1963: Quentin Tarantino, Master of Stylized Cinema, Born

Headline: Quentin Tarantino, Master of Stylized Cinema, BornQuentin Tarantino, the American director and screenwriter known for his violent, dialogue-driven films like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction that celebrate cinema and pop culture, was born.  Wikimedia/Georges Biard

1964: Massive 9.2 Earthquake Rocks Alaska

A powerful 9.2-magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the United States, struck south-central Alaska, causing widespread damage and triggering tsunamis in the region.  Wikimedia/NOAA Central Library

1975: Work Begins on Massive Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Construction commenced on the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a massive $8 billion oil transportation project that would take three years to complete, reaching from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.  Wikimedia/Luca Galuzzi

1977: Tragic Runway Collision Claims 582 Lives

Two Boeing 747 airliners, one from Pan Am and another from KLM, collided on a runway in the Canary Islands, resulting in 582 fatalities.  Wikimedia

1998: FDA Approves Pfizer's Viagra for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval to Pfizer's drug Viagra, marking a significant advancement in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  Wikimedia/Tim Reckmann

2002: "Mr. Television" Milton Berle Dies at 93

Milton Berle, the beloved American comedian who rose to fame as a television pioneer and earned the nickname "Mr. Television," passed away at the age of 93.  Wikimedia

2020: North Macedonia Joins NATO Alliance

North Macedonia officially became the 30th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), further expanding the military alliance's presence in the Balkan region.  Wikimedia/Justin Kunimune