Holidays Calendar for May 27, 2016

Children's Day is annually observed in Nigeria on May 27. The holiday is celebrated by government and non-governmental organizations. Children from primary and secondary schools have a day off.

Nicaragua annually observes Armed Forces Day (Army Day) on May 27. This is a public holiday.

Slavery Abolition Day is a very important holiday for many former French colonies. Guadeloupe and Saint Martin annually observe this holiday on May 27.

Russia and Kyrgyzstan annually observe Libraries Day on May 27. This cultural observance was established to celebrate the opening anniversary of the first public library in Russia in 1795 and in Kyrgyzstan in 1902.

May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day. Make your own popsicle with America's favorite flavor.

Walk Safely to School Day is a national event in Australia, encouraging children of primary school walk to school and promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. It's annually observed on the fourth Friday in May.


European Neighbors' Day is an annual international event held on the last Friday in May. It was first celebrated in 1999 in Paris. Currently it is celebrated in about 1400 towns and cities in more than 30 European countries.


Mother's Day in Bolivia is observed on May 27. The date wasn't chosen according to American tradition of celebration. Bolivia has got another important date in its history connected with women.

This Day in History

  • 2009 Died: Clive Granger, British economist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, sharing it with Robert F. Engle.
  • 2007 Died: Ed Yost, American inventor who created the modern hot air balloon. He developed and flew the first prototype in October 1955.
  • 2006 A large M6.3 earthquake occurred on the southern coast of the island of Java, Indonesia. It caused more than 5,700 deaths and 37,000 injuries.
  • 2006 Died: Paul Gleason, American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. David Thornton on the TV series All My Children.
  • 1997 The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton.
  • 1990 Born: Chris Colfer, American actor, singer, author, screenwriter, and producer best known for his role as Kurn Hummel on the TV series Glee.
  • 1987 Died: John Howard Northrop, American biochemist who was awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1986 In Japan, the console role-playing video game Dragon Quest was released. It significantly contributed to the development of the RPG genre.
  • 1981 Born: Alina Cojocaru, Romanian ballet dancer. In July 2013, Cojocaru became a principal dancer with the English National Ballet.
  • 1971 Born: Paul Bettany, English actor who has appeared in a wide variety of films including A Beautiful Mind, Dogville, The Da Vinci Code, and Marvel films.
  • 1969 Died: Jeffrey Hunter, American film and television actor and producer. He played captain Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek.
  • 1964 Died: Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian revolutionary and politician, the first Prime Minister of India. He ruled the country from 1947 until his death in 1964.
  • 1958 The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II made its maiden flight. The aircraft first entered service in 1960 with the United States navy.
  • 1950 Born: Dee Dee Bridgewater, American jazz singer and stage actress who won three Grammy Awards and a Tony Award (for her performance in The Wiz).
  • 1937 The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened to pedestrian traffic. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge main span in the world.
  • 1937 Born: Allan Carr, American producer and manager of stage and screen who wan a Tony Award for Best Musical for the musical La Cage aux Folles.
  • 1933 The Walt Disney Company released the cartoon Three Little Pigs, which later won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
  • 1930 The Chrysler Building in New York City opened to the public. At the time, it was the world's tallest building, but less than a year later it was surpassed by the Empire State Building.
  • 1930 Born: John Barth, American novelist and short-story writer whose best known works include The Floating Opera, Lost in the Funhouse, Chimera.
  • 1923 Born: Henry Kissinger, American diplomat and political scientist who was awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for the 1973 Paris Peace Accords.
  • 1922 Born: Christopher Lee, English actor of stage and screen, singer and author whose career spans almost seven decades. He was knighted in 2009.
  • 1910 Died: Robert Koch, German physician and microbiologist who was awarded the 1905 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is the founder of modern bacteriology.
  • 1905 The Battle of Tsushima began during the Russo-Japanese War. This major naval battle of the war resulted in decisive Japanese victory.
  • 1897 Born: John Cockcroft, British physicist who shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus with Ernest Walton.
  • 1877 Born: Isadora Duncan, American dancer and choreographer who had to leave the United States due to her pro-Soviet sympathies.
  • 1874 The first group of Dorsland trekkers under the leadership of Gert Alberts set off from the areas around Rustenburg, Groot Marico, and Pretoria.
  • 1840 Died: Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He is considered to be one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of all time.
  • 1707 Died: Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan, the most celebrated chief mistress of King Louis XIV of France.
  • 1703 Russian Tsar Peter the Great laid down the Peter and Paul Fortress, which became the first brick and stone building of the city of Saint Petersburg.
  • 1564 Died: John Calvin, French theologian and pastor, one of the initiators of the Protestant Reformation. He developed a branch of Protestantism now known as Calvinism.