June 27th is also known as Pineapple Day and Sunglasses Day.
Today marks the 178th day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 187 days left until the end of the year.
To help you through these final days of June, let’s discover some interesting historical events, as well as celebrity births & deaths that just happened to fall on this day.
Did you know that on this day in 1994, Aerosmith allowed fans to freely download their new single “Head First” online? They were the first major-label band to do so.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about June 27th in history!
What Events Happened On June 27 In History?
2017 Colombia’s militant group FARC agreed to lay down their weapons after 52 years of guerilla warfare.
2008 Bill Gates stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corporation.
Gates resigned to have more time to focus on his charity organization Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
1998 Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, officially opened.
1994 Aerosmith became the first major-label band to allow fans to freely download their new single “Head First” online.
1987 Iraqi warplanes bombed the town of Sardasht in Iran with a chemical attack.
This was the first time in military history that a chemical attack targeted a civilian population.
1982 NASA launched the Columbia Space Shuttle for its final test flight, STS-4.
Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center at 15:00:00 UTC, making it the first shuttle flight that took off at the exact time it was scheduled for. The flight was successful, but the shuttle's detachable booster rockets were lost when their parachutes failed to open. Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base seven days later, and the Space Shuttle Program was given the go-ahead.
1979 Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali retired for the third time.
His retirement didn't last long, and he returned because he needed money. His comeback was to battle against Larry Holmes for the World Boxing Championship belt.
1973 James Bond’s eighth movie, “Live and Let Die,” was released in the US.
1967 The world’s first operating ATM opened in Enfield, London.
1955 Illinois became the first US state to make it compulsory by law to wear a seatbelt.
The use of seatbelts was made mandatory after the development of cars was progressing. Some vehicles were capable of over 90 miles per hour, leading to many deaths during accidents.
1893 Stock markets crashed in New York because of a public panic, which was traced back to wheat crop failure in Argentina.
As a result, over 575 banks collapsed or had to temporarily suspend all operations.
1847 Telegraph wires linked new York and Boston.
With this, communication became relatively possible over long distances.
1844 The founder of the Mormons, Joseph Smith Jr., was murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.
Smith's brother Hyrum was also killed. Joseph was running for president at the time and is, therefore, the first US presidential candidate to be assassinated.Read More
1760 Cherokee warriors defeated British forces at the Battle of Echoee, during the Anglo-Cherokee War.
The battle took place near the present-day municipality of Otto, in Macon County, North Carolina.
Famous People Born On June 27
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1984 Khloe Kardashian
American Media Personality
- 38 years old
- Born In:
- California, USA
1975 Tobey Maguire
- 47 years old
- Born In:
- California, USA
1999 Chandler Riggs
- 23 years old
- Born In:
- Georgia, USA
1988 Alanna Masterson
- 34 years old
- Born In:
- New York, USA
Famous People Who Died On This Day
1805 - 1844 Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith was an American religious leader born on December 23, 1805. He died on this day in 1844, at age 38 in Carthage, Illinois, USA.
Special Holidays On June 27
If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.
National Pineapple Day
Pineapple is a popular exotic fruit that is enjoyed worldwide and today is officially Pineapple Day. There are so many ways to celebrate today; you could make Pińa Colada, pineapple upside-down cake, fruit salad, or even a pineapple sweet and sour curry!Read More
National Sunglasses Day
Can you imagine how annoying life would have been before the invention of sunglasses? Take a moment today to give your sunglasses a good clean, or even buy a new fancy polarized pair; your eyes will certainly thank you later!Read More
THe Fact Site's
Fun Fact Of The Day
The oldest “your mom” joke was discovered on a 3,500-year-old Babylonian tablet in Iraq in 1976. The tablet has since been lost, but the text remains preserved.
June 27 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone
Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Cancer.
In astrology, Cancer’s ruling planet is the moon. Before telescopes were invented, the moon was one of 7 “planets” visible to the naked eye. Because of this, the sun and moon were both included in the definition of what a planet is.
Anyone born in June has the Alexandrite birthstone. Alexandrite was named after Alexander II of Russia. The gems red and green colors mirrored the national military colors of imperial Russia.
For those of you who were born on June 27, you were likely conceived the previous year on October 4.
A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around March 20th, 2024.