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January 27: This Day That Year

January 27

- 1591 - England: Scottish schoolmaster Dr. John Fian burned for witchcraft at Castle Hill, Edinburgh by order King James VI.

- 1671 - Pirate Henry Morgan reaches at the gates of Panama City.

- 1756 - Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical prodigy and composer, born in Salzburg, Austria.

- 1820 - Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica.

- 1850 - Birthday: Edward Smith, English naval captain of the RMS Titanic, born in Hanley, Staffordshire.

- 1859 - Birthday: Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918), born in Berlin.

- 1880 - USA: Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp.

- 1891 - USA: A mine explosion killed 109 people at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania. - 1924 - Clas Thunberg of Finland wins 3 gold medals in one day (wins the 1,500m, 10,000m and all-round speed skating events at the Chamonix Winter Olympics). He had won 5,000m the day before.

- 1926 - Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his theory of wave mechanics (aka Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics).

- 1936 - Birthday: Samuel C. C. Ting, Physicist and Nobel Laureate (1976 for J/ψ particle), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

- 1941 - Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber warns American Ambassador of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor.

- 1944 - Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and 2+ million Russians were killed.

- 1945 - Poland: Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps. - 1948 - 1st tape recorder was sold. - 1951 - US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site. - 1967 - A fire in the Apollo 1 Command Module (during a launch rehearsal) kills astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee.

- 1969 - Syria: 9 Jews were publicly executed in Damascus. - 1980 - Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile.

- 2008 - Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86.

- 2013 - Afghanistan: 20 police officers were killed in a series of bomb attacks in Kandahar.

- 2013 - Portugal: 11 people were killed and 32 were injured after a bus crashes down a ravine in Serta.

- 2017 - Donald Trump issues executive order banning travel to the US for 7 (mostly Muslim) countries and suspending admission for refugees

- 2018 - Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) dies at 91.

- 2018 - Afghanistan: Bomb in an ambulance kills over 100 people in Kabul, Taliban claim responsibility. - 2019 - Philippines: Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo Island kills 20, Islamic State claims responsibility.

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