Today, August 27th, 2010, I celebrate my 27th birthday. This is the only time my age and birthdate will coincide!
Some of the important events which occurred on this day include:
The unofficial surrender of The Empire of Japan in 1945. August 27th was the first day Allied troops began occupying the home islands of Japan, ending World War II.
The 1883 eruption of the Indonesian island/volcano Krakatoa. This eruption was one of the most violent in recorded history, generating an explosion heard over 3000 miles away and registering on every seismograph on Earth. This explosion is estimated to have been THIRTEEN THOUSAND TIMES more powerful than the nuclear device which destroyed Hiroshima, Japan.
The eruption and subsequent ash cloud caused what is known as The Little Ice Age in Europe. It is believed the famous Edvard Munch painting, The Scream, accurately captures the unique optical effects caused worldwide by the ash, including a blood-red sky for some time.
Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa on this day 1859.
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO on this date, 2008.
On this day in 410 AD the Visigoths ended their three day sack of Rome. This was the first time in nearly 800 years Rome had been invaded, and this event is marked as the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire.
On this day in 1896 was the Anglo-Zanzibar War, the shortest was in history, between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar. The war lasted from 9am-9:45am.
First successful flight of the Heinkel He-178, the world’s first jet aircraft, took place in Germany, 1939.
On this day in 2003 Mars made it closest approach to Earth. On the human scale this is an exceptionally rare astronomical event, only happening every SIXTY THOUSAND YEARS. I am quite honored to have this fall on my birthday and to have been alive at just the right time to appreciate it.
(Another event similar to this in rarity is the supposed “Mayan Armageddon” alignment which will occur on 12/21/2012. The Earth and Sol [our star, the Sun] will align with the super-massive black hole in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. This event occurs only every 26,000 years.)
Notable People born on this date include:
Confucius, influential Asian philosopher, (08/27/551 BC)
Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the US
Barbara Bach, foxy actress
Paul Reubens, Pee-Wee Herman
Mother Teresa, Humanitarian
Ed Gein, american serial killer
Carl Bosch, german chemist, nobel laureate, founder of mega-company Bosch.