March 27: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 27, 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Alaska, taking 131 lives?

March 27th celebrates World Theater Day and Spanish Paella Day.

This day marks the 86th day of 2023, and there’s another 279 days to go.

Is today an important day for you? Or are you here to learn about what happened on this day? Either way, here we have plenty to keep you busy!

Did you know that on this day in 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Alaska, taking 131 lives? The Great Alaskan earthquake was the second-strongest ever to happen on Earth.

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

What Events Happened On March 27 In History?

2022 During the Oscar’s ceremony, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock following a joke directed towards Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Chris Rock was on the stage to present an award for best documentary when he made a joke about Jada's lack of hair, Calling her "G.I. Jane," referring to a movie that featured Demi Moore with closely cropped hair. Will Smith took offense to this and walked up to the stage and slapped the comedian.

2020 North Macedonia officially joined NATO, becoming the 30th member of the military alliance.


2008 The Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant opened within terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport.

OTD in 2008: The Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant opened within terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport.

The one-off airport restaurant cost a staggering $3.4 million (£2.5 million) to build.

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2005 ABC debuted the first season of “Gray’s Anatomy.”

The TV medical drama was created by Shonda Rhimes, and stars included Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh.

1997 Martin Luther King’s son met the man convicted of killing his father, James Earl Ray.

1989 The soap opera “Generations” aired on NBC-TV, making it the first US African-American show of its kind.

1979 US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that police can’t stop cars just to check the driver and their registration.

OTD in 1979: US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that police can't stop cars just to check the driver and their registration.

1977 Two Boeing 747 planes collided in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Five hundred and eighty-three people lost their lives. One craft had no survivors, while the other had 61 survivors.

1969 NASA launched its Mariner 7 space probe from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas-Centaur rocket.

The Mariner 7 probe was launched 31 days after its identical counterpart, Mariner 6. The two probes conducted the first dual fly-by of Mars, with Mariner 7 reaching Mars just five days after Mariner 6 despite launching a month later. Mariner 7 took 23 near and 93 far encounter images of Mars, with the pair transmitting 100MB of data back to Earth.


1964 A 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Alaska.

OTD in 1964: A 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Alaska.

The Great Alaskan earthquake was the strongest in US history and the second strongest ever to happen on Earth. The quake caused a tsunami, and 131 lives were lost.

1952 The musical “Singing in The Rain,” directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, had its first theatrical run.

The first production was at Radio Music Hall in New York City, US.

1951 Frank Sinatra recorded his hit “I’m a Fool to Want You.”

1790 Harvey Kennedy patented the modern shoelace, which included aglet reinforced tips.

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1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León accidentally discovered Florida.

He held a royal contract that granted him the right to settle and govern the island of Bimini. Ponce's fleet of three ships sailed from Puerto Rico, passing northwest through the Bahamas, and was surprised to find Florida's southeastern shore.

Famous People Born On March 27

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

1969 Mariah Carey

American Singer

Mariah Carey
54 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1988 Jessie J

English Singer

Jessie J
35 years old
Born In:
England, UK
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1963 Quentin Tarantino

American Film Director

Quentin Tarantino
60 years old
Born In:
Tennessee, USA
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1970 Elizabeth Mitchell

American Actress

Elizabeth Mitchell
53 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1934 - 1968 Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet cosmonaut born on March 9, 1934. He died on this day in 1968, at age 34 in Novoselovo, Russia.

Special Holidays On March 27

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

March 27: World Theater Day

World Theater Day

The theater has been enjoyed since Ancient Greece and can now be found all around the world. Today is World Theater Day, and the best thing about that is all you have to do to celebrate it is see a play, a musical, or a live concert with your family and friends!

March 27: National Spanish Paella Day

National Spanish Paella Day

Back in the mid-nineteenth century, farmers would cook rice in large flat dishes, and throw whatever they could find in with it. Fortunately, Paella has come a long way since then, so don’t be afraid to try cooking some yourself, or treat yourself to some at a Spanish restaurant!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The group of spikes at the end of stegosaurid tails are called the “thagomizer.” They had no distinct name until the term was coined in 1982 by a cartoonist.

March 27 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on March 27 shares the same star sign, Aries.

People born on this day share the Aries zodiac sign. Aries are mighty courageous and will take on any chance to display their fierce bravery to the rest of the world!

Anyone born in March has the Aquamarine birthstone. Aquamarine is the first spring birthstone and is associated with tranquility, serenity, clarity, and harmony.

If you were born today, you would likely have been conceived on or around July 4 of the previous year.

Babies conceived on March 27th, 2023, will be due later this year around December 18th.

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