May 27th

2006
A massive earthquake devastates parts of Java, Indonesia. With 5 million people living within 50 km of the quake's epicenter, about 6000 died, and 1.5 million were left homeless.
2006 Yogyakarta earthquake
1999
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
Arkan
1998
Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after apologizing for not warning anyone about the deadly plot.
Terry Nichols
1997
The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.
Clinton v. Jones
1996
After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.
Vladimir Putin
1995
Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
Christopher Reeve
1994
Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1964
Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India's first prime minister, died.
Jawaharlal Nehru
1942
Czech resistance fighters kill Reinhard Heydrich. The high-ranking German Nazi official was one of the main architects of the Holocaust. In retaliation, the Nazis murdered all male inhabitants over 15 years of age in the Czech village of Lidice and deported most of the remaining people to concentration camps.
Operation Anthropoid
1941
British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.
Last battle of the battleship Bismarck
1940
British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII.
Dunkirk evacuation
1937
The Golden Gate Bridge is opened. The suspension bridge connecting San Francisco peninsula with Marin County is one of the most recognized works of United States architecture.
Golden Gate Bridge
1936
The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
RMS Queen Mary
1935
The Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.
National Industrial Recovery Act
1933
Walt Disney's cartoon Three Little Pigs is released. The animated short film is one of the best-known cartoons of all time. In 1934, it was awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Three Little Pigs (film)
1912
Golfer Sam Snead was born in Ashwood, Va.
Sam Snead
1911
Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born in Wallace, S.D.
Hubert Humphrey
1896
A tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill., killing 255 people.
1896 St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado
1851
The world's first chess tournament is held in London. Adolf Anderssen, a maths teacher from Wrocław, won the tournament, which was held parallel to the 1851 Great Exhibition.
London 1851 chess tournament
1703
Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great.
History of Saint Petersburg
1679
Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England.
Human rights in the United Kingdom
1647
The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
Alse Young