Holidays Calendar for March 27, 2017

March 27 is a public holiday in Myanmar known as Armed Forces Day. It was originally established as Resistance Day to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of the resistance against the Japanese occupation in 1945.

World Theater Day is an international observance celebrated annually on March 27. It was established by the International Theater Institute (ITI) and is supported by UNESCO. The first celebration was held in 1962.

National Guard Forces Command Day is a professional holiday in the Russian Federation celebrated on March 27 every year. It was established in 2017 to honor the military and civil personnel of the National Guard Forces Command of Russia.

Performing Arts Day, also known as Theatre Day, is an Iranian cultural holiday celebrated on March 27 (7 Farvardin in the Solar Hijri calendar). This date was chosen to coincide with World Theatre Day, an international observance initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.

The Day of the Union of Bessarabia with Romania (Ziua Unirii Besarabiei cu Romania) is a Romanian observance held annually on March 27. It was established in 2017 to commemorate the independence of Bessarabia from the Russian Empire and its subsequent union with Romania that occurred on March 27, 1918.

Seward’s Day is a legal holiday celebrated in Alaska on the last Monday of March. It was named after William H. Seward, the 24th Secretary of State who successfully negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia.


International Whisk(e)y Day is annually observed on March 27 by all whiskey lovers. This holiday was established in 2009 to commemorate birthday anniversary of a great English writer Michael Jackson.

March 27 is National Spanish Paella Day. Altnough most people think that paella is an iconic Spanish dish, Spaniards insist that it's the signature dish of the Valencian region only.

This Day in History

  • 2007 Died: Paul Lauterbur, American chemist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Peter Mansfield.
  • 2006 Died: Stanisław Lem, Polish writer of science fiction, satire and philosophy. His most famous work is the 1961 science fiction novel Solaris.
  • 2005 Died: Wilfred Gordon Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon known for his role in the development of the artificial pacemaker and the idea of using hypothermia as a medical procedure.
  • 2004 HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy, was sunk off Whitsand Bay, Cornwall to form an artificial reef.
  • 2002 A Palestinian suicide bomber killed 30 civilians during a Passover meal held at the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel. 140 people ware injured.
  • 2002 Died: Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director, producer, screenwriter, journalist and artist, whose prolific career spanned more than 50 years.
  • 1990 Born: Kimbra (stage name of Kimbra Lee Johnson), New Zealand singer, songwriter and musician, the third New Zealand singer to win a Grammy Award.
  • 1988 Born: Jessie J (stage name of Jessica Ellen Cornish), English singer and songwriter who became internationally famous due to her single Price Tag.
  • 1979 Born: Louise Brealey, English screen, stage and radio actress, writer, and journalist. She is best known for her role as Molly Hooper on the BBC series Sherlock.
  • 1977 Two Boeing 747s, KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736, collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport). 583 people were killed in the crash.
  • 1976 The first portion of the Washington Metro subway system opened with 4.6 miles and five stations from Rhode Island Avenue to Farragut North available on the Red Line.
  • 1975 Born: Fergie (born Stacy Ann Ferguson), American singer, songwriter, actress, television host and fashion designer. She is he vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas.
  • 1972 Died: M. C. Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher), Dutch graphic artist remembered for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, mezzotints, and lithographs.
  • 1968 Died: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, the first human to journey into outer space. He died in a jet crash during a routine training flight.
  • 1967 Died: Jaroslav Heyrovský, Czech chemist and inventor who was awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of the polarographic method.
  • 1964 The Great Alaskan Earthquake, also known as the Good Friday Earthquake, occurred in South Central Alaska. It had a magnitude of 9.2. About 139 people were killed.
  • 1963 Born: Quentin Tarantino, American film director, screenwriter, film producer, and actor whose best known works include Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds.
  • 1945 Argentina declared war on the Axis powers during the Second World War. A few days later, the Allies restored diplomatic relations with Argentina.
  • 1942 Born: John Sulston, British biologist who was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (jointly with H. Robert Horvitz and Sydney Brenner).
  • 1942 Born: Michael York, British actor who is best known for his roles in the films Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret and Murder on the Orient Express.
  • 1927 Born: Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor who is recognized as one of the greatest cello players of the 20th century.
  • 1923 Died: James Dewar, Scottish physicist and chemist who is best known for his invention of a vacuum flask also known as a Dewar flask or a Thermos.
  • 1918 Died: Henry Adams, American historian whose best known works are The History of the United States of America 1801–1817 and The Education of Henry Adams.
  • 1915 Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon), the first person in the US identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid, was put in quarantine and remained confined for the rest of her life.
  • 1886 Prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache, Geronimo, surrendered to Brigadier General Nelson Miles, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.
  • 1871 Born: Heinrich Mann, German novelist famous for his works with strong social themes. His books were burnt in Nazi Germany during the infamous book burning in 1933.
  • 1845 Born: Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who is best known for having discovered X-rays. He was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery.
  • 1836 465 Republic of Texas soldier-prisoners were executed by the Mexican Army during the Texas Revolution. This event is known as the Goliad massacre.
  • 1625 Charles, the second son of King James VI of Scotland, became King of England, Ireland and Scotland. His coronation took place on February 2, 1626.
  • 1615 Died: Margaret of France, Queen consort of France and of Navarre from 1589 to 1599. Margaret was the last of the House of Valois.