ON THIS DAY: January 27, 2017

January 27th is


Big Wig Day *

Chocolate Cake Day

Fun at Work Day

National Geographic Day *

International Holocaust Remembrance Day *

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China and Taiwan – Chinese New Year’s Eve

Germany – WWII Genocide Memorial Dayinternational Flags

Monaco – Saint Dévote’s Day

Serbia – Feast of St. Sava

South Korea – Seol-nai
(lunar new year)

Vietnam – Tet
(Vietnamese new year)

On This Day in HISTORY

AD 98 – Trajan becomes Roman Emperor; he expands the empire to its largest extent

1302 – Dante Alighieri, major Italian poet who broke with the tradition of using Latin and instead wrote in Italian, exiled from Florence, accused of corruption and financial wrongdoing by his enemies. He is never be allowed to return, and dies in Ravenna


1343 – Pope Clement VI issues the papal bull Unigenitus justifying Papal power and the use of indulgences.

1521 – The Diet of Worms opens, a Holy Roman Empire deliberative assembly called to address the growing dissension of the Reformation movement

1593 – The Vatican opens the seven-year heresy trial of Giordano Bruno, Italian Dominican friar, scholar and cosmologist; theorized that stars are distant suns with their own planets which might support life, that the universe was infinite with no celestial body at its center. Also charged with denying Catholic doctrines, including  eternal damnation, the Trinity and transubstantiation. The Inquisition finds him guilty, and burns him at the stake in 1600


1606 – Gunpowder Plot: Trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31

1695 – Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan and Caliph of Islam in Istanbul; rules until his abdication in 1703

1741 – Hester Thrale born, British author-diarist and art patron; considered important source on 18th century life and Samuel Johnson; Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, child prodigy and one of the world’s greatest composers, is born in Salzburg

1776 – American Revolutionary War: Henry Knox’s “noble train of artillery” arrives in Cambridge, MA

1785 – The University of Georgia founded, the first public university in the U. S.

1806 – Juan Crisostomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga born, Spanish-Basque composer

1825 – Ignoring rulings by the Supreme Court on the sovereignty of Indian nations, the U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears” – thousands died of starvation and exposure, without any aid from the U.S. Army troops driving them

1832 – Lewis Carroll, born Charles Dodgson in Cheshire, England; author, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass


1868 – Boshin War: The Battle of Toba–Fushimi between forces of the Tokugawa shogunate and pro-Imperial factions begins, it would end in defeat of the shogunate, a pivotal point in the Meiji Restoration

1869 – During Boshin War, Tokugawa rebels establish the Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō

1870 – Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s sorority, is founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University)

1880 – Thomas Edison receives the patent on the incandescent lamp

1885 – Jerome Kern born, American musical theatre and popular music composer, Showboat

1888 – The National Geographic Society * is founded in Washington DC

1892 – Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo, French composer, is born

1898 – Georgia Clark born, American bank president, first woman appointed U.S. Treasurer, by Harry Truman

1900 – In China, foreign diplomats in Peking, fearing a revolt, demanded that the imperial government discipline the Boxer rebels

1926 – John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television

1927 – United Independent Broadcasters Inc. started a radio network with contracts with 16 stations. The company later became Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)

1941 – Beatrice Tinsley born, New Zealand astronomer-cosmologist; pioneer in theoretical studies of how galaxies evolve, relation of stars aging to galaxies


1945 – Auschwitz-Birkenau, largest Nazi concentration/death camp, liberated by Russia’s Red Army

1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced first magnetic tape recorder: The ‘Wireway’ machine with built-in oscillator selling for $149.50

1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov born, Latvian Kirov Ballet Premier danseur who defected; NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre; choreographer, and ABT artistic director

1951 – An Air Force plane drops a one-kiloton atom bomb on Frenchman Flats NV

1956 – Elvis Presley releases “Heartbreak Hotel”

1961 – Leontyne Price makes her debut at NY’s Metropolitan Opera House as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore

1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee die in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft

1967 – More than 60 nations sign the Outer Space Treaty which bans orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations

1973 – The Vietnam peace accords are signed in Paris

1977 – The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests

1981 – Ronald Reagan gets a photo-op with the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House

1984 – Cyndi Lauper releases “Time After Time”

1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announces plans to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union

1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson goes on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest

1996 – Mahamane Ousmane, first democratically elected president of Niger, overthrown by a military coup led by Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, who was then assassinated in 1999

1997 – Reports that French national museums are holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II

1999 – The U.S. Senate blocks dismissal of impeachment charges against President Clinton; voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses

2005 – The United Nations designates January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day *

2016 – Patty Sharkey launches Big Wig Day with a selfie featuring one of her many outrageous wigs and making a pitch to raise money for the American Cancer Society Look Good/Feel Better division



  • International Holocaust Memorial Day logo
  • International flags
  • Dante Alighieri by Sandro Botticelli 1495
  • Giordano Bruno with stars are suns quote
  • Quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Tenniel drawing
  • Beatrice Tinsley
  • Big Wig Day participant


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3 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 27, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    So many to choose from. Yes, the holocaust did happen, I guess it’s in the same ilk as climate change deniers.

    It’s very interesting that the Soviets liberated the largest concentration camp in Poland. They kept all of the records and selectively shared with the other world powers.

    In Aushwitz I, as well as other concentration camps huge medical experiences were conducted on the detainees. Generally no numbing agents were given. Medical experiments were conducted from head to toe. It was a very sick time. I have always wondered why Dr. Menglie was allowed to escape and live. I credit his note keeping in the experiments needed interpretation. That is the only reason I can fathom.

    Yes, Indian Sovereignty, relocated at a great expense of human life. The Indians were disposable. Oh yes, Oklahoma was a good place for them to be. Wait, there’s oil in Oklahoma, and guess what you Indians, we are Indian givers. We are taking back what we the US promised you. I guess “Indian Giver” is a propaganda piece issues by the US. Soon the Oklahoma Territory is opened for every white American to steal the property.

    See even the Catholic church was not above heretical abuses. Nor were the people in Salem above Death by Ordeal, you say you are not a witch, well sit on this dunking stick. If you live you are a witch, if you die, we were wrong. Sounds a lot like Trump and his merry band of misinformation. The Duke of Misinformation Speech Spicer and the Mistress of Misinformation relying on Alternative Facts.

    Then again Trump has only Pissed off 3 world leader, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, the and the President of Mexico. I am sure there are others. May is Important because of the Intel they pick up, I guess because of the former MI6 leaking information about Trump, they must be punished. So Trump is in favor of water boarding. The rest of the free worlds do not agree. Germanys Merkel is important as the Germans to there own stability bail out European countries out when asked by the US and IMF. Mexico is important as they export to the US 600 Bn dollars worth of goods to the US every year. I do not think the American businessmen and businesswomen will want to pass a 20% import tax on to the next consumer in line, just so Trump says that Mexico pays for the wall. I guess with all of the jobs created in the US, some may go away. I guess China should be getting it’s under utilized facilities ready for more work.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Right you are Russell –

    We are living in a mash-up of the beginning of the regime in Orwell’s 1984, and his Animal Farm.

  3. ann summers says:

    we live in at least interesting times
    “1999 – The U.S. Senate blocks dismissal of impeachment charges against President Clinton; voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses”


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