August 27th

Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States.
List of African-American United States presidential and vice ...
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
Dog fighting in the United States
World’s Biggest Battery is Plugged in. The battery, which takes up about 2,000 square metres of space and weighs about 1,300 tonnes is set up to provide emergency electricity to the residents of Fairbanks in Alaska, for about 7 minutes.
Toyota Prius
Moldova gains its Independence. The Eastern European country was part of the Soviet Union since August 2, 1940, from parts of Romania and parts of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, after the dissolution of the USSR, the country gained its independence.
Independence of Moldova
Military coup in Nigeria. General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida took over the government after overthrowing Muhammadu Buhari in a bloodless coup.
Military coups in Nigeria
Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle.
Warrenpoint ambush
Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa almost a year after being overthrown.
The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.
Brian Epstein
NASA Launches Mariner 2. Part of NASA’s Mariner program, the unmanned space probe was the first man-made object to flyby another planet – it encountered Venus on December 14, 1962. The space probe made its last contact with scientists on Earth on January 3, 1963.
Mariner 2
American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
Occupation of Japan
The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Kellogg–Briand Pact
A massive volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa blew up most of the island and resulted in tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people.
Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa.
Edwin Drake
German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Battle of Baekgang: Tang Chinese and Silla Korean forces defeat Korean Baekje forces and their Yamato Japanese allies on the Geum River in Korea. - no Japanese invasion of Korea for 900 years
Battle of Baekgang