March 27th

2009
President Barack Obama launched a fresh effort to defeat al-Qaida terrorists in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, ordering in 4,000 more troops.
Drone strikes in Pakistan
2007
NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.
Instant replay
2002
A suicide bomber killed 30 people during a Passover Seder in Netanya, Israel.
Passover massacre
2001
A federal judge ruled that the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy was invalid, a ruling that later would be reversed in an appeal.
1998
Viagra is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer's pill was the first drug against male impotence to be approved in the United States. In 2012, the company made 2 billion U.S. Dollars from Viagra alone.
Sildenafil
1996
An Israeli court convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in prison.
Yigal Amir
1994
Silvio Berlusconi rises to power in Italy. In his 20 years in Italian politics, Berlusconi arguably made more headlines for his numerous affairs and scandals than for his policies. In 2013, he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for tax fraud.
Silvio Berlusconi
1980
The oil rig Alexander L. Kjelland collapses in high winds in the North Sea. Only 89 of 212 crew survived the Norwegian platform's capsizing, which was caused by a fatigue crack in one of the legs.
Alexander L. Kielland (platform)
1977
A KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife, killing 583 people in the deadliest aviation accident in history.
Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
1966
Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia.
Lists of protests against the Vietnam War
1964
A 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit 80 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, killing 117 and producing a 50-foot tsunami that traveled over 8,000 miles.
Anchorage, Alaska
1958
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party.
Nikita Khrushchev
1939
Oregon won the first NCAA men's basketball tournament with a 46-33 victory over Ohio State in Evanston, Ill.
1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament
1917
The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
1917 Stanley Cup Finals
1914
1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels).
March 1914
1884
The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York.
Long-distance calling
1871
England and Scotland compete in the first international rugby match. Like association football, rugby is a British invention. Today, it is a popular sport mainly in large parts of the British Commonwealth.
1871 Scotland versus England rugby union match
1866
President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill which later became the 14th amendment.
Civil Rights Act of 1866
1836
The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
Kirtland Temple
1794
Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy.
Original six frigates of the United States Navy
1625
Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne.
Charles I of England
1513
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
Juan Ponce de León