24 fun facts for August, 27

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
August 27th is a day marked by iconic birthdays, celebrations, and historic events. From Mother Teresa's birth to the first Mariner 2 space probe, the creation of Guinness World Records, and impactful inventions like the electric guitar, August 27th has an eclectic mix of fun facts and significant moments in history.
24 Fun facts
  1. August 27th is National Just Because Day in the United States, a day to celebrate doing things for no specific reason other than the sheer enjoyment of it or simply "just because." It emphasizes the importance of spontaneous and random acts of fun, kindness, or whim.
  2. On August 27, 1896, the shortest war in recorded history took place between Britain and the Sultanate of Zanzibar. The British fleet gathered outside the Zanzibar harbor, and after a 38-minute bombardment, the conflict concluded, resulting in the death of around 500 Zanzibaris and only one British sailor injury.
  3. On August 27, 1883, the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia erupted, causing one of the most disastrous volcanic events in history. The eruption was heard more than 3000 miles away and caused tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people in the coastal towns of Java and Sumatra.
  4. In 1962, NASA's Mariner 2 space probe was launched on August 27. It was the first successful flyby mission to another planet, Venus, taking about 3 months to complete its scientific objectives before losing contact with Earth.
  5. On August 27, 1955, the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published. Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of the Guinness Brewery at the time, conceived the idea after he found it difficult to find information on the fastest game bird in Europe.
  6. Mother Teresa was born on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. She established the Missionaries of Charity order and dedicated her life to helping the poor, sick, and dying in India. She was canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.
  7. August 27th marks the birthday of German philosopher and social scientist Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). His influential works include Phenomenology of Spirit and Elements of the Philosophy of Right. He is considered one of the leading figures in German Idealism and has had a profound impact on various disciplines, including philosophy, political science, and theology.
  8. On August 27, 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic adventure novel "Tarzan of the Apes" was first published in the pulp magazine The All-Story. The character Tarzan has since become a cultural icon, appearing in various mediums such as movies, comics, and television shows.
  9. American politician and 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died on August 27, 1921. His term was marked by multiple scandals, including the Teapot Dome Scandal, which dented the reputation of the U.S. government.
  10. On August 27, 1991, Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union. Since then, the Moldovan people have celebrated August 27th as their Independence Day, which is a national holiday marked by military parades, speeches, and cultural events.
  11. The Rolling Stones staged their first concert in Havana, Cuba, on August 27, 1990. This marked the beginning of the band's Latin American tour, which included stops in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, drawing huge crowds in each city.
  12. The Baltimore Orioles baseball team set a Major League Baseball record on August 27, 1980, for the most consecutive losses in a single season at 21 straight games. The team managed to end the losing streak the next day against the Chicago White Sox.
  13. On August 27, 1908, future U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was born. He would go on to become the 36th President of the United States, implementing various socio-economic reforms, such as the Great Society programs and the Voting Rights Act, but also faced criticism for his handling of the Vietnam War.
  14. August 27th is celebrated as "Oil Workers Day" in Azerbaijan. The day commemorates the workers who drive the country's economy by producing and refining oil, which is Azerbaijan's main export and source of revenue.
  15. On August 27, 1859, the world's first oil well was struck by Edwin L. Drake in Titusville, Pennsylvania. This discovery marked the beginning of the modern oil industry, which has had a significant impact on economies and geopolitics worldwide.
  16. The first ever Rugby League Challenge Cup Final took place on August 27, 1897. The match was between the Batley and St. Helens rugby clubs, with Batley emerging victorious in a 10-3 win.
  17. August 27th, 2002, marked the release of the first version of the popular online video game "World of Warcraft." Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, it has since become one of the most successful and enduring massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) in history.
  18. On August 27, 1914, the British Royal Navy defeated the German forces in the Battle of Heligoland Bight. This marked the first major naval battle of World War I and helped to establish the British Royal Navy's dominance in the North Sea.
  19. August 27th, 1965, was the day when famous rock stars Elvis Presley and The Beatles met for the first time, at Elvis' mansion in Bel Air. This meeting of two music icons marked a significant cultural event in the 1960s, and their friendly rivalry shaped the future of popular music.
  20. The first electric guitar patent was granted to George Beauchamp, Adolph Rickenbacker, and Paul Barth on August 27, 1937. Their invention revolutionized the world of music, and the electric guitar has become one of the most significant and popular musical instruments.
  21. On August 27, 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years. The event allowed for incredible and detailed views of the planet, sparking interest in Mars exploration and potential future manned missions.
  22. August 27th is National Pots de Crème Day in the United States, celebrating the rich and delicious French dessert made of eggs, milk, sugar, and cream. The treat is typically served in small porcelain cups called "pots," from which the dessert takes its name.
  23. Stevie Ray Vaughan, an iconic American blues guitarist, died tragically in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990. Despite his early death at the age of 35, Vaughan left behind a significant and enduring musical legacy, influencing countless musicians and solidifying his status as one of the greats.
  24. American actor Paul Reubens, best known for his role as Pee-wee Herman, was born on August 27, 1952. Reubens' character became a pop culture phenomenon in the 1980s, and his successful television show and films are still beloved by fans today.