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July 27: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 27

July 27th is also known as Walk On Stilts Day and Take Your Houseplants For A Walk Day.

Today is the 208th day of the year, and there are 157 days left of the year.

If you were born on July 27, your star sign is Leo.

Were you born on this day? Or do you just want to know more about today in history? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Here you’ll find many historical events that all happened on July 27th.

Did you know that on this day in 1940, Billboard magazine started ranking sales of recorded songs? It used a nationwide survey to compare sales of singles in retail stores.

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

What Happened On July 27 In History?


Around 1,000 prisoners escaped from Queyfiya Prison in Benghazi, Libya.


Queen Elizabeth II of England declared the 30th Olympics opened in London, UK.

To the audience's surprise, a stand-in for the Queen made an entrance by skydiving from a helicopter with James Bond's assistance.
Source NPR

Tony Hawk landed the first “900” on a skateboard at the 5th annual X Games in San Francisco.

The "900" is a dangerous two-and-a-half revolution spin off a vertical ramp.
Source NY Times

The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman premiered on Broadway at Orpheum Theater, New York, US.


Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed while performing a public prayer at the city hall in Albany, Georgia, US.


Billboard magazine started ranking sales of recorded songs.


Vincent van Gogh shot himself at a wheat field in Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, and died from his wounds two days later.

OTD in 1890: Vincent van Gogh shot himself at a wheat field in Auvers-Sur-Oise

Oliver Cromwell’s forces from Cambridgeshire and forces from Nottingham met near Gainsborough, ready to battle the following day in the Battle of Gainsborough.


Tobacco arrived in England for the first time.

Sir Walter Raleigh was the man to bring it from Virginia. The tales say that one of his servants who was smoking a pipe had water thrown over him as someone feared he was on fire.

The first recorded example of having to “quarantine” was written by The Ragusan Republic on this day.

The Ragusan Republic, modern-day Dubrovnik, Croatia, was the first city to implement a compulsory 30-day quarantine for anyone traveling from a high infected plague area.
Source BBC

The Battle of Bouvines began.

OTD in 1214: The Battle of Bouvines began.
French King Philip II battled Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV and King John of England, resulting in King John losing Normandy.

Did you know that on this day, July 27th 1940, Billboard magazine started ranking sales of recorded songs?