May 27th

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
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
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
The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.
Clinton v. Jones
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
Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
Christopher Reeve
Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India's first prime minister, died.
Jawaharlal Nehru
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
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
British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII.
Dunkirk evacuation
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
The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
RMS Queen Mary
The Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.
National Industrial Recovery Act
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)
Golfer Sam Snead was born in Ashwood, Va.
Sam Snead
Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born in Wallace, S.D.
Hubert Humphrey
A tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill., killing 255 people.
1896 St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado
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
Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great.
History of Saint Petersburg
Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England.
Human rights in the United Kingdom
The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
Alse Young