March 27 events in history

1309 Pope Clement V imposes excommunication, interdiction, and a general prohibition of all commercial intercourse against Venice, which had unjustly seized on Ferrara, a fief of the Patrimony of Peter
1329 Pope John XXII issues his In Agro Dominico condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical
1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reaches the northern end of The Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida
1613 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy
1625 Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France
1782 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1794 The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates
1794 Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact
1809 Peninsular War: A combined Franco-Polish force defeats the Spanish in the Battle of Ciudad-Real
1812 Hugh McGary Jr. establishes what is now Evansville, Indiana on a bend in the Ohio River
1814 War of 1812: In central Alabama, U.S. forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend
1836 Texas Revolution: Goliad massacre – On the orders of General Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Mexican army butchers 342 Texas POWs at Goliad, Texas
1851 First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans
1871 The first international rugby football match, when Scotland defeats England in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place
1881 Rioting takes place in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of Teetotalism by the Salvation Army
1884 A mob in Cincinnati, Ohio, attacks members of a jury who had returned a verdict of manslaughter in a clear case of murder, and then over the next few days would riot and destroy the courthouse
1886 Famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars
1890 A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200
1899 Emilio Aguinaldo leads Filipino forces for the only time during the Philippine–American War at the Battle of Marilao River
1910 A fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, kills 312
1915 Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life
1918 Bessarabia is ceded to the Kingdom of Romania
1938 Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Taierzhuang begins, resulting several weeks later in the war's first major Chinese victory over Japan
1941 World War II: Yugoslavian Air Force officers topple the pro-Axis government in a bloodless coup
1943 World War II: Battle of the Komandorski Islands – In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska
1945 World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins. Argentina declares war on the Axis Powers
1948 The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea is convened
1958 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
1963 Beeching Axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network
1964 The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage
1975 Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins
1976 The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens
1977 Tenerife airport disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). Sixty-one survived on the Pan Am flight. This is the worst aviation accident in history
1980 The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212
1980 Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, led to panic on commodity and futures exchanges
1981 The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours
1986 A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing one police officer and injuring 21 people
1990 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba
1993 Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China
1993 Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo
1998 The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States
1999 Kosovo War: Yugoslav SAM downed F117A, the first and only kill of the stealth aircraft
2000 A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills one and injures 71
2002 Passover massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel
2002 Nanterre massacre: In Nanterre, France, a gunman opens fire at the end of a town council meeting, resulting in the deaths of eight councilors and the injury of 19 others
2004 HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe
2009 The dam forming Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people
2009 A suicide bomber kills at least 48 at a mosque in the Khyber Agency of Pakistan