August 27 in Pop Culture History

August 27th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 27th History Highlights

  • 1776 – In what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeated Americans under General George Washington in The Revolutionary War’s Battle of Long Island..
  • 1859 – Petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
  • 2003 – The initial six-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, convene to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
  • If you were born on August 27th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 4th (prior year)

Traditional August 27th Information

Perhaps the most important reason to celebrate this day is to honor Margaret Hungerford, who made great contributions to literature. She captured the essence of modern society at the time, often using the setting of Ireland as the setting for her novels, but also as the backdrop for her stories. To maintain morality appropriate to the time, relying on flirtatious dialogue and tender love scenes, Margaret’s turn-of-the-century romance style was very en vogue, keeping moral values upright and morally contemporary. The Irish author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford was not actually a duchess, but a celebrated novelist of the late 19th century who wrote largely under the assumed name “The Duchess”.

August 27th is…

Banana Lover’s Day
the Duchess Who Wasn’t Day
Just Because Day
Pots du Creme Day

August 27th Birthday Quotes

“Poor quality is remembered long after low prices are forgotten.”
– Charles Rolls

“Anyone can love you when things are alright. It takes courage to love when things are not good and it does not feel right.”
– Yolanda Adams

“What’s so great about television. You’re able to tell a long story, where you couldn’t really do that in a film because you have to tell a story in an hour and a half or two hours.”
– Aaron Paul

” Being happy or unhappy – is that really the most important thing? Knowing the truth would be a different kind of happiness – a more satisfying kind, I think, even if it turned out to be a sad kind.”
– Ira Levin

“Ask any girl what she’d rather be than beautiful, and she’ll say more beautiful.”
– Martha Raye

“Human beings are not meant to lose their anonymity and privacy.”
– Sarah Chalke

August 27th Birthdays

1877 – Charles Rolls, English engineer, and businessman, co-founded Rolls-Royce Limited (died in 1910)
1890 – Man Ray, American-French photographer, and painter (died in 1976)
1906 – Ed Gein, American murderer, and body snatcher, The Butcher of Plainfield (died in 1982)
1908 – Lyndon B. Johnson, American politician, 36th President of the United States (died in 1973)
1916 – Martha Raye, American actress, and comedian (died in 1994)
1929 – Ira Levin, American novelist, playwright, and songwriter (died in 2007)
1941 – Harrison Page, American character actor
1943 – Tuesday Weld, American actress
1947 – Barbara Bach, American actress
1961 – Yolanda Adams, American singer
1969 – Chandra Wilson, American actress
1976 – Sarah Chalke, Canadian actress
1979 – Aaron Paul, American actor
1992 – Blake Jenner, American actor, and singer

August 27th History

410 – The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ended after three days.

1813 – French Emperor Napoleon I defeated a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden.

1859 – Petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.

1893 – Sea Islands Hurricane, Georgia, South Carolina.

1939 – First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft, in Germany.

1955 – The first copy of the Guinness Book of Records was issued.

1962 – The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission was launched to Venus by NASA.

1967 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein died of an accidental Carbitral overdose.

1988 – #1 Hit August 27, 1988 – September 9, 1988: George Michael – Monkey

1994 – #1 Hit August 27, 1994 – December 2, 1994: Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love To You

2003 – The first 6-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan, and Russia, convened to find a resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

2003 – Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing just 34,646,418 miles away.

2011 – #1 Hit August 27, 2011 – September 9, 2011: Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

2011 (Hurricane) Irene struck the United States east coast, killing 47 people.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

One less than infinity is still infinity.

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal, killing more people each year than any other species including other humans.

“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is one of the only animals referred to by their scientific name.

“I wish I had a guardian angel to tell me what to do. You know, like Debbie Reynolds had in Tammy.” – Frenchy #moviequotes

“This sonic transducer…it is, I suppose, some kind of audio-vibratory-physio-molecular transport device?” – Dr. Scott #moviequotes

The vacuum has a double “u” but not a “W”. #theenglishlanguage

“I’ve won Satan’s lottery.” – Christopher Moore

For a medium designed to be about free-thinking and expression, Haiku sure has strict rules.

In 1913, Hitler, Freud, Tito, Stalin, and Trotsky all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna.

“I’m driving here I sit, cursing my government, for not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement!” #songlyrics

Maybe aliens abduct crazy people cause they know we won’t believe them.

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