December 27: This Day That Year

DEC 27

- 537 - Emperor Justinian I inaugurated Hagia Sophia as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral.

- 1796 - Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet born in Agra.

- 1934 - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Shah of Persia) declared Persia now Iran.

- 1939 - Turkey: 20,000+ peopled died due to an earthquake in Erzincam.

- 1985 - Terrorists killed 20 and injured 100+ in Rome and Vienna airports. US President Reagan blamed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

- 2001 - US: The People's Republic of China granted permanent normal trade relations.

- 2007 - Pakistan: 12th Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1st female leader of a Muslim nation) was assassinated by a suicide bomber in Rawalpindi.

- 2008 - Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, killed 250+ people.

- 2013 - Thailand: 29 people were killed after a bus plunged off the Huay Tong Bridge.

- 2015 - Iraqi forces recaptured IS held city of Ramadi (ISIS first captured in May).

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