August 27: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 27

August 27th is officially Banana Lovers Day and Just Because Day.

Today marks the 239th day of the year. We now have only 126 days left until the end of the year.

People who were born on this day share the Virgo zodiac sign.

In years gone by there have been many terrible fatal disasters that shook the world on this day, but it’s not all doom and gloom… here we’ll also cover some more entertaining events and even what celebrities were born on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1881, Hurricane Five struck Florida with winds of 105 mph? The death toll was estimated at 700 fatalities, making this one of the most deadly hurricanes to hit the United States.

Keep reading for more facts about August 27th in history!

What Happened On August 27 In History?


Jessi Combs broke the female fastest land speed record when her jet-powered vehicle reached a speed of 522.783 mph (841.338 kph).

Combs was the first person to break the female land speed record in 40 years. Sadly Combs died while breaking the record due to a wheel failure.

Disney’s Mary Poppins was released and premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Mary Poppins became the highest-grossing film of that year, and it became Disney's most successful movie at the time.

For the first time in history, the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) transmitted a two-hour-long live broadcast from Calais, France, to television screens in the UK.

Source BBC

Two baseball teams played a night match at White Sox Party using three 100 foot towers lit with 12 electric lamps.


The Krakatoa volcano in Java, Indonesia erupted and destroyed 70% of the island and its surroundings.

The disaster released 40,000 lbs (20 million tons) of sulfur into the atmosphere, which resulted in a reduction of 2.2F for the following five years. 36,417 lives were lost.

Hurricane Five struck Florida and caused 700 fatalities.


American driller Edwin Laurentine Drake successfully drilled the first oil well in Pennsylvania, US.


The battle of Dresden between Napoleon and the Austrians was won by Napoleon.

OTD in 1813: The battle of Dresden between Napoleon and the Austrians was won by Napoleon.

Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers released the first ever unmanned hydrogen balloon.

The balloon was launched from where the Eiffel Tower now sits in Paris, and it reached at altitude of 900 meters.

Chinese and Korean forces won the two-day Battle of Baekgangon.

Tang Chinese and Silla Koreans fought against Korean Baekje forces backed by Japan. The battle took place on the Geum River in Korea, and this was the last Japanese invasion of Korea for 900 years.

Did you know that on this day, August 27th 1881, Hurricane Five struck Florida with winds of 105 mph?