Today in History, English
Today in History, English

33991March 27Event1963 – Beeching Axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
33992March 27Event1964 – The Good Friday earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes Southcentral Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
33993March 27Event1975 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
33994March 27Event1976 – The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens.
33995March 27Event1977 – Tenerife airport disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). Sixty-one survived on the Pan Am flight. This is the worst aviation accident in history
33996March 27Event1980 – The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
33997March 27Event1980 – Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, leads to panic on commodity and futures exchanges.
33998March 27Event1981 – The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours.
33999March 27Event1986 – A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing one police officer and injuring 21 people.
34000March 27Event1990 – The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba.
34001March 27Event1993 – Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
34002March 27Event1993 – Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo.
34003March 27Event1998 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
34004March 27Event1999 – Kosovo War: Yugoslav SAM downed F-117A, the first and only kill of the stealth aircraft.
34005March 27Event2000 – A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills one and injures 71.
34006March 27Event2002 – Passover massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel.
34007March 27Event2002 – Nanterre massacre: In Nanterre, France, a gunman opens fire at the end of a town council meeting, resulting in the deaths of eight councilors and the injury of 19 others.
34008March 27Event2004 – HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander-class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
34009March 27Event2009 – The dam forming Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people.
34010March 27Event2009 – A suicide bomber kills at least 48 at a mosque in the Khyber Agency of Pakistan.
34011March 27Event2013 – A 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near Taipei, Taiwan, injuring 97 people.
34012March 27Event2013 – Canada becomes the first country to announce its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
34013March 27Event2014 – Philippines signs a peace accord with the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ending decades of conflict.
34014March 27Event2015 – Al-Shabab militants attack and temporarily occupy a Mogadishu hotel leaving at least 20 people dead.
34015March 27Birth972 – Robert II of France (d. 1031)
34016March 27Birth1196 – Sviatoslav III of Vladimir (d. 1252)
34017March 27Birth1306 – Philip III of Navarre (d. 1343)
34018March 27Birth1416 – Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian organist and composer (d. 1480)
34019March 27Birth1416 – Francis of Paola, Italian friar and saint, founded the Order of the Minims (d. 1507)
34020March 27Birth1509 – Wolrad II, Count of Waldeck (d. 1575)

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