January 27: Day of the Week
January 27, 2017 was the 27th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 338 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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January 27 Historical Event(s)
- 1606Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.
- 1785The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
- 1870The Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity is founded at DePauw University.
- 1888The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
- 1967Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
- 1971New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
- 1974The Brisbane River breaches its banks causing the largest flood to affect the city of Brisbane in the 20th Century
- 1984Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.
- 1993American-born sumo wrestler Akebono Tarō becomes the first foreigner to be promoted to the sport’s highest rank of yokozuna.
- 2002An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, kills at least 1,100 people and displaces over 20,000 others.
Who were born on January 27?
- 1443Albert, Duke of Saxony (d. 1500)
- 1741Hester Thrale, Welsh diarist (d. 1821)
- 1805Maria Anna of Bavaria, Queen consort of Saxony (d. 1877)
- 1827Nakahama Manjirō, Japanese translator (d. 1898)
- 1937John Ogdon, English pianist (d. 1989)
- 1940Petru Lucinschi, second President of Moldova
- 1959Keith Olbermann, American news anchor & political commentator
- 1974Andrei Pavel, Romanian tennis player
- 1974Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lankan cricketer
- 1979Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
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