2021 January

January 27: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 27

January 27th celebrates World Breast Pumping Day and Chocolate Cake Day.

We’re now on day 27 of the year, and have 338 days left.

If you were born on January 27th, your star sign is Aquarius.

Is today a special day for you, or maybe you just want to learn about January 27? Well here we have some truly amazing facts, figures and historic events that all happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1984, Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial? He was paid $1.5 million in compensation.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 27th in history!

What Happened On January 27 In History?

2017

President Donald Trump banned seven countries from entering the US.

The "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" has been open to many challenges as the countries banned were predominantly Muslim.
1996

Germany first observed the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Source LA Times
1984

Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in front of 3,000 fans.

The accident happened when a firework display sent sparks flying behind him.
1967

The Outer Space Treaty was signed on this day to prevent the use of nuclear weapons being utilized in space.

1967

Apollo 1 test launch failed, and astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee all died.

Source NASA
1951

The first of 126 nuclear tests started at the Nevada Test Site.

OTD in 1951: The first of 126 nuclear tests started at the Nevada Test Site.
They called the first device "Able" and it was a 1 kiloton blast which landed on a dry lakebed at Frenchman Flat. It took over 100 tests at the site before people saw the terrible effects the experiments were having on the locals.
Source CTBTO
1944

Leningrad siege by Germans ended in the wake of 650,000 perished citizens.

The siege lasted 872 days making it one of the longest blockades in history. It was possibly one of the most destructive and costliest too.
1941

A warning that Japan would attack Pearl Harbor was given by Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber.

1926

The theory of Wave Mechanics by physicist Erwin Schrödinger was first taught in lectures.

Wave Mechanics is a method of analysis of the behavior of atomic phenomena with particles represented by wave equations.
Source CERN
1880

A patent for his electric lamp invention was given to Thomas Edison.

OTD in 1880: A patent for his electric lamp invention was given to Thomas Edison.
1591

Scottish schoolmaster Dr. John Fian who had “a pact with the devil”, was found guilty of witchcraft.

Upon his conviction Fian was horrifically tortured, strangled to death then burned.

Did you know that on this day, January 27th 1984, Michael Jackson's hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial?