August 27: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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.

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 interesting facts about August 27th in history!

What Events Happened On August 27 In History?

2019 Jessi Combs broke the female fastest land speed record when her jet-powered vehicle reached a speed of 522.783 mph (841.338 kph).

OTD in 2019: 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.

2003 Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years.

The last time it came so close is estimated to have been on September 12, 57,617 BC.

1991 Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

1964 Disney’s Mary Poppins was released and premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

OTD in 1964: 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.

1950 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.


1910 Two baseball teams played a night match at White Sox Party using three 100-foot towers lit with 12 electric lamps.

1883 In Java, Indonesia, the Krakatoa volcano erupted and destroyed 70% of the island and its surroundings.

The disaster released 40,000 lbs (20 million tons) of sulfur into the atmosphere, and at around noon on this day, hot ash fell from the sky, killing all inhabitants. A total of 36,417 lives were lost.

1881 Hurricane Five struck Florida and caused 700 fatalities.

1859 American driller Edwin Laurentine Drake successfully drilled the first oil well in Pennsylvania, US.

1813 Napoleon won the battle of Dresden against the Austrians.

OTD in 1813: Napoleon won the battle of Dresden against the Austrians.

1783 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, reaching an altitude of 900 meters.

1776 The British defeated the Americans in the Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn.

The battle was part of the American Revolutionary War, and it commenced on the west side of Long Island, present-day Brooklyn, New York.

663 AD 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.

Famous People Born On August 27

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Aaron Paul? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1979 Aaron Paul

American Actor

Aaron Paul
43 years old
Born In:
Idaho, USA
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1985 Kayla Ewell

American Actress

Kayla Ewell
37 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1961 Tom Ford

American Fashion Designer

Tom Ford
61 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

1981 Patrick J. Adams

Canadian Actor

Patrick J. Adams
41 years old
Born In:
Ontario, Canada

Special Holidays On August 27

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

August 27: National Banana Lovers Day

National Banana Lovers Day

Bananas are believed to be one of the oldest fruit known to humankind and have been around for at least 10,000 years. That means we’ve been banana lovers for as many as 10,000 years. That alone is worth celebrating, but if you want to celebrate more, go eat a banana!

August 27: National Just Because Day

National Just Because Day

Almost every day of the year, we have to do things, and more often than not, we do them for a reason. This is boring and doesn’t lead to a life well-lived. National Just Because Day is here to remind you to change things up a little and do things not for a reason but just because!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In Cambodia, rats are being trained to sniff out land mines. They can clear 200 square meters in less than 35 minutes, which usually takes two to three days with a de-miner.

August 27 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Virgo is an earth sign historically represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Virgos tend to be logical, practical, and well-organized. They’re one of the most careful signs of the zodiac and always pay attention to even the most minor details.

Anyone born in August has the Peridot birthstone. Did you know that the largest peridot in the world weighs an astonishing 311.8 carats? That’s equivalent to 62.35 grams. It can be found at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

For those of you who were born on August 27, you were likely conceived the previous year on December 4.

A baby that is conceived on August 27, 2023, will likely be due around May 20, 2024.

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