August 27: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on August 27 throughout history. The 239th day of the Gregorian calendar is August 27. On this day, the world’s first jet aircraft flew for the first time, Moldova declared independence from the Soviet Union, and Hurricane Irene hit the United States.

Virgo is the zodiac sign for August 27. Tom Ford, Aaron Paul, and Lyndon B. Johnson all have famous birthdays. National Heroes’ Day and National Just Because Day are both celebrated on August 27.


(August 27, 1859)
Edwin Laurentine Drake discovered oil while drilling in Titusville, Pennsylvania, making him the first American to drill a productive oil well.


Happy Birthday! (August 27, 1908)
Lyndon B. Johnson, American commander and politician, 36th President of the United States. photo source:

(August 27, 1939)
The He 178, a turbojet-powered aircraft designed by Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, performed the first jet flight.

(August 27, 2008)
Barack Obama, a politician from the Democratic Party, was the first African American to be nominated for the presidency by either of the two main parties; he defeated John McCain to win the presidency.

(August 27, 2011)
Hurricane Irene made landfall in the United States, pounding North Carolina's Outer Banks before advancing up the East Coast; property damage in the United States totaled $7 billion, making Irene one of the costliest Atlantic hurricanes in U.S. history.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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