December 27th

2007
Benazir Bhutto assassinated. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan was killed after a shooting and the detonation of a suicide bomb while campaigning for the upcoming elections in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Assassination of Benazir Bhutto
2001
The U.S. announced plans to hold Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Guantanamo Bay detention camp
1996
Rwanda's first genocide trial opened for the 1994 slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis.
Rwandan genocide
1979
The Soviet Union took control of Afghanistan, installing Afghan politician Babrak Karmal as president.
Babrak Karmal
1949
Indonesian Independence. The Southeast Asian country's independence came after 4 years of revolution and struggle. In August 1945, Sukarno signed the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence, which was formally accepted and recognized by the Dutch in 1949.
Proclamation of Indonesian Independence
1945
International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries.
International Monetary Fund
1939
Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake in Erzincam Turkey.
20,000 Men a Year
1932
Radio City Music Hall in New York City opened.
Radio City Music Hall
1918
Greater Poland Uprising of 1918–1919 begins. The revolt against the Germans began in Poznań after a speech by the Polish Prime Minster, Ignacy Paderewski. The uprising led to newer territory being added to Poland in the Treaty of Versailles.
Greater Poland uprising (1918–1919)
1900
Prohibitionist Carry Nation smashed her first saloon.
Carrie Nation
1845
Anesthesia used for the first time for childbirth. Dr. Crawford W. Long, an American physician, gave ether to his wife during the birth of their second child. The event revolutionalized the use of anesthesia in medicine and surgery.
December 27
1831
Charles Darwin begins his journey on the HMS Beagle. It was during this 5-year long voyage that the English naturalist worked on his Theory of Evolution. He published the evidence supporting it in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species.
The Voyage of the Beagle
1825
1st public railway using steam locomotive completed in England between Stockton and Darlington.
Stockton and Darlington Railway
1657
Flushing Remonstrance petition signed in the Dutch colony of New Netherland protesting ban on Quaker worship.
Flushing Remonstrance
1512
Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.
Laws of Burgos