January 27: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on January 27 throughout history. The twenty-seventh day of the Gregorian calendar is January 27th. On this day, Germany commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time, the Finnish Civil War began, and the University of Georgia was established as the country’s first public university.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign for January 27. Lewis Carroll, Rosamund Pike, and Mikhail Baryshnikov all had famous birthdays. National Chocolate Cake Day and International Holocaust Remembrance Day are both observed on January 27th.


(January 27, 1880)
Thomas Edison, an American inventor, patented the incandescent lamp.


(January 27, 1967)
U.S. astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee died in a fire aboard Apollo 1 during a launch simulation.

(January 27, 1973)
On this day in 1973, the Paris Accord ending the Vietnam War, America's longest war at the time, was signed, allowing for a prisoner exchange and the unilateral withdrawal of US forces from South Vietnam.

(January 27, 2010)
J.D. Salinger, best known for The Catcher in the Rye (1951), a novel in which the sensitive, rebellious teenager Holden Caulfield is depicted through humour and colourful language, died at the age of 91.

(January 27, 2018)
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of the Swedish home furnishings company IKEA, which was the world's largest seller of furniture in the early twenty-first century, died at the age of 91.

(Died on January 27, 2021)
Cloris Leachman, American actress and comedian (b. 1926).

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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