On This Day In History, 27 August


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World Events Today

  • The Anglo-Zanzibar War took place today in 1896, the conflict between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate lasted less than an hour, making it the shortest recorded war in history
  • Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated today in 1979, he was blown up by the Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon, whilst on his fishing boat near his summer home
  • Moldova, officially known as the Republic of Moldova, restored its independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • Disney’s musical fantasy movie Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was released today in 1954
  • The Guinness Book of Records was published for the first time today in 1955
  • The American rock and roll legend Elvis Presley met the English pop group, the Beatles, at his Californian home today in 1965

Family Events Today

  • The Australian cricketer Don Bradman, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time, was born today in 1908 in New South Wales
  • The English music entrepreneur Brian Epstein, the manager of the English rock band The Beatles from 1962, died today in 1967 aged 32
  • Aaron Paul Sturtevant, better known as the American actor Aaron Paul, who rose to fame as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad, was born today in 1979 in Idaho

Main Event Today

  • Barack Obama was formally selected as the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States today in 2008, he was the first African American in history to be nominated for the office

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Just Because Day

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