30 fun facts for June, 27

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
June 27 is a day filled with fascinating events and commemorations, including the birth of iconic figures like Helen Keller, the first demonstrations of color television, and the establishment of days promoting multiculturalism, HIV awareness, and environmental preservation. From the world of entertainment to significant advancements in technology, June 27 offers a diverse range of facts to explore and celebrate.
30 Fun facts
  1. On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois. The event led to increased tensions between Mormons and non-Mormons in the area and eventually led to the Mormons' mass migration to Utah.
  2. On June 27, 1950, the United States decided to send troops to assist South Korea in the Korean War. President Harry S. Truman ordered forces into Korea to repel the North Korean invasion, marking the first significant involvement of the US in the conflict.
  3. National HIV Testing Day is observed annually on June 27 in the United States. The day aims to promote HIV testing, education, and prevention, while also working to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with the virus.
  4. June 27 is known as Canadian Multiculturalism Day, which celebrates the country's rich cultural diversity and encourages understanding and acceptance of different cultural backgrounds and traditions.
  5. June 27 is designated as National Sunglasses Day in the United States, promoting the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun's harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.
  6. On June 27, 1985, the iconic Route 66 was officially decommissioned as a U.S. highway after 59 years, and it was eventually replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Route 66 was once a major road that connected Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through eight states along the way.
  7. June 27, 1829, marks the birth of Sir James Douglas, a Canadian politician and fur trader who eventually became the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia.
  8. Helen Keller, a famous deaf and blind author, activist, and educator, was born on June 27, 1880.
  9. The world's first ATM (automated teller machine) was installed at a Barclays Bank branch in Enfield, London, on June 27, 1967. It revolutionized banking, making it easier for customers to access cash without needing to visit a bank teller.
  10. In 1973, on June 27, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" maintained by President Richard Nixon, which contained over 20,000 names. It was a significant event during the Watergate scandal.
  11. On June 27, 1991, the video game Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the Sega Genesis console. Sonic quickly became one of the most iconic video game characters and a mascot for Sega.
  12. On June 27, 1980, Italian airline Itavia Flight 870 crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea, killing all 81 passengers and crew members on board. The cause of the crash is still debated, with some theories involving a missile strike, while others focus on technical failures or terrorism.
  13. In 2013, on June 27, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. This ensured equal treatment for same-sex married couples regarding federal benefits and protections.
  14. On June 27, 2018, the European Union agreed to impose a ban on single-use plastics like straws, cutlery, and cotton swabs to combat ocean pollution. The ban took effect from July 3, 2021.
  15. June 27 is National Pineapple Day in the United States, honoring this tropical fruit that is not only delicious but also rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants.
  16. On June 27, 1929, the first color television demonstration took place in Bell Laboratories, New York, when scientist Herbert Ives successfully transmitted images using mechanical methods. This was a milestone in the development of modern television.
  17. Boxer Mike Tyson was born on June 27, 1966. He went on to become the youngest heavyweight world champion at age 20 and earned the nickname "Iron Mike" for his powerful knockout punches.
  18. June 27 marks National PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day in the United States, aiming to raise awareness about this mental health condition and break down barriers that prevent many sufferers from seeking help.
  19. In 1976, on June 27, two Palestinian and two West German terrorists hijacked an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris. The hostages were eventually rescued in a daring raid by Israeli commandos in what became known as Operation Entebbe.
  20. The Apollo 15 mission, which featured extensive lunar surface exploration, was launched on June 27, 1971. Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin spent three days on the moon, performing various scientific experiments and collecting samples.
  21. On June 27, 1957, the United States Air Force launched the first American Redstone R&D missile, a crucial step in developing the nation's ballistic missile and space programs.
  22. In 2015, on June 27, the historic Charleston Church shooting occurred in South Carolina, where a white supremacist gunman killed nine African American parishioners during a Bible study meeting. This tragic incident spurred significant discussions on gun control and racism in the United States.
  23. On June 27, 1954, the world's first nuclear power plant, Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, began operation in the Soviet Union, producing electricity for the community of Obninsk.
  24. Indian Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw was born on June 27, 1914. He played a significant role in the Indian Army and led the nation to victory in the 1971 war against Pakistan.
  25. On June 27, 1966, the first episode of the popular British soap opera "Dark Shadows" aired on U.S. television. The show ran for five years, featuring over 1,200 episodes and developing a passionate cult following.
  26. June 27 is National Orange Blossom Day, a day to appreciate the fragrant flowers of the orange tree, which also symbolize good fortune, innocence, and purity.
  27. The New York City Subway, which would become the largest rapid transit system in the world, began construction on June 27, 1900.
  28. National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 27, aiming to remind individuals and businesses to review and update their insurance policies and coverages regularly.
  29. On June 27, 1940, France signed an armistice agreement with Italy during World War II, leading to a temporary end to the fighting in Europe.
  30. In 1988, on June 27, Mike Tyson hired Donald Trump to be his personal financial advisor, a partnership that lasted until Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003.