On This Day in History, December 27

Every day is a chance to learn something new about different things. We have compiled some of the events that happened in history on December 27.

You’ve probably heard of some of them, while some might be extremely new to you.

  • 1703 – The Methuen Treaty was signed between Portugal and England, giving preference to the import of Portuguese wines into England.
  • 1845 – Anesthesia was used for the first time for childbirth.
  • 1904 – James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan” premiered in London.
  • 1918 – Greater Poland Uprising of 1918–1919 began.
  • 1945 – The World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations.
  • 1949Indonesia attained its independence.
  • 1968 – China performed a nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC.
  • 1972 – New North Korean constitution came into effect.
  • 1976Albania constitution went into effect.
  • 1978Spain adopted a new constitution and became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
  • 1979 – Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan.
  • 1983 – Pope John Paul II pardoned the man who shot him.
  • 1987 – USSR performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk.
  • 2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush granted China permanent normal trade status with the United States.
  • 2002 – Clonaid announced the birth of the first cloned human baby. The baby had been born on December 26.
  • 2002 – In Chechnya, at least 40 people were killed when suicide bombers attacked the administration of Grozny.
  • 2002 – Kenyan General Election: National Rainbow Coalition headed by Mwai Kibaki won, overthrowing the 39-year rule by the Kenya African National Union.
  • 2007 – Benazir Bhutto, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, died.
  • 2012 – NASA unveiled plans to capture a 500-ton asteroid in 2025.
  • 2015 – Iraqi forces retook the IS-held city of Ramadi (ISIS first captured in May)

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