Holidays Calendar for July 27, 2016

July 27 is Victory Day in North Korea. The official name of this national holiday is the Day of Victory of Fatherland Liberation War. It marks the end of the Korean War in 1953.

July 27 is Remembrance Day in Vietnam, also know as Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day or Vietnamese War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day. This memorial day honors those who died in service or were injured during the Vietnam War and other military engagements within Vietnam and abroad.

Iglesia ni Cristo Day is a special national working holiday in the Philippines that commemorates the foundation of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in 1914. It is observed on July 27 each year.

On July 27, enjoy a glass of fine Scotch whisky as it is National Scotch Day. Scotch is one of the best known whisky types which is produced, labeled, and packaged in a manner specified by strict regulations.

July 27 is National Sleepy Head Day in Finland. This holiday is related to the legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, but it is an informal celebration rather then a religious festival.


This Day in History

  • 2012 The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics took place at the Olympic Stadium, London, UK. It was presided by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 2003 Died: Bob Hope, English-born American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, athlete and writer, whose career spanned over eight decades.
  • 1996 A terrorist bomb attack occurred in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1966 Summer Olympics. Two people died.
  • 1995 Died: Rick Ferrell, American professional baseball player, coach, scout and executive. He played 18 seasons on Major League Baseball.
  • 1990 The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic declared its independence from the Soviet Union by issuing the Declaration of State Sovereignty.
  • 1984 Died: James Mason, English actor known for his numerous roles in Hollywood. He starred in The Desert Fox, Lolita, Julius Caesar, etc.
  • 1983 Fifty-three prisoners were killed inside the Welkada Prison during the Black July pogrom against Sri Lankan Tamil minority in Colombo.
  • 1981 Died: William Wyler, American film director, screenwriter and producer whose notable works include The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben-Hur.
  • 1980 Died: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran from September 1941 until February 1979, when he was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution.
  • 1977 Born: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish actor and producer best known in for his roles in Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Match Point.
  • 1973 Born: Cassandra Clare (pen name of Judith Rumelt), American writer best known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.
  • 1970 Born: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Danish actor, producer and screenwriter best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones.
  • 1955 The Allied occupation of Austria ended, when the Austrian State Treaty came into force, re-establishing Austria as a sovereign state.
  • 1949 The de Havilland DH 106 Comet (the Comet 1 prototype) made its first flight. DH 106 Comet was the first production commercial jetliner.
  • 1948 Born: Peggy Fleming, American figure skater and sports commentator. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles.
  • 1946 Died: Gertrude Stein, American writer, poet and playwright. Her best known works include Fernhurst, Three Lives, The Making of Americans.
  • 1940 The animated short film A Wild Hare was released. Many film historians consider it to be the first "official' Bugs Bunny cartoon.
  • 1938 Born: Gary Gygax, American writer and game designer best known as the co-creator of the pioneering tabletop RPG Dungeons & Dragons.
  • 1929 The Geneva Convention was signed. This version of the Geneva Conventions covered the treatment of prisoners of war during WWII.
  • 1921 Born: Garry Davis, American pilot and international piece activist primarily remembered for creating the so-called World Passport.
  • 1917 Died: Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss physician and medical researcher who was awarded the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1882 Born: Geoffrey de Havilland, British aviation pioneer and aircraft engineer known as the founder of de Havilland Aircraft Company Limited.
  • 1881 Born: Hans Fischer, German organic chemist who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his synthesis of haemlin.
  • 1844 Died: John Dalton, English chemist, physicist and meteorologist best known for his research into color blindness, also known as Daltonism.
  • 1841 Died: Mikhail Lermontov, Russian Romantic writer, poet, and dramatist who is regarded as the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism.
  • 1824 Born: Alexandre Dumas, fils, French writer and dramatist best known for his novel The Lady of the Camellias, also known as Camille.
  • 1794 During the French Revolution, a revolt against against the leadership of the Jacobin Club over the Committee of Public Safety occurred.
  • 1768 Born: Charlotte Corday, French noblewoman known for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat during the French Revolution.
  • 1759 Died: Pierre Louis Maupertuis, French mathematician, philosopher and man of letters known for inventing the principle of least action.
  • 1694 The Bank of England was officially established. It is the second oldest central bank in the world, after the Sveriges Riksbank.