On This Day in History, January 27

January 27th is Auschwitz Liberation Day to recognize when the Soviet army released 7,000 prisoners. Interesting fact, right? Learn more of these historic events that happened on this day in history.

Here is a list!

  • 1888 – The National Geographic Society became the world’s largest scientific and geographical distribution organization.
  • 1938 – The Honeymoon Bridge across Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada collapsed after a severe ice storm causes the lower river to flood with ice.
  • 1944 – Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed.
  • 1945 -The Red Army liberated the Nazi’s biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland.
  • 1961 -A district attorney and his staff were soon to be investigated for tax fraud.
  • 1967 – Three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 died while still on the launch pad while practicing for a two-week mission in space.
  • 1973 -US & North Vietnam’s William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh signed a cease-fire, ending the longest US war and the military draft.
  • 1974 -Brisbane River Floods affect a majority.
  • 1980 -The Rhodesian black nationalist leader Robert Mugabe returned to Rhodesia after five years in exile.
  • 1983 -The first shaft of the world’s longest tunnel (Seikan tunnel) was completed.
  • 1984 -Michael Jackson experienced serious burns to his head after his hair caught light while singing his hit “Billie Jean” for a Pepsi Cola commercial in Los Angeles.
  • 1985 -Coca-Cola started distribution in the Soviet Union.
  • 1993 -Wrestler, Andre the Giant, died of a heart attack after attending his fathers funeral in France.
  • 1995 -Eric Cantona was fined £20,000 and banned from playing football over his kung fu-style attack on a fan.
  • 2002 -Explosions at a munitions store cause a huge explosion in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 2010 -In his first State of the Union address, Barack Obama said that creating jobs must be the nation’s number one focus.
  • 2011 -The Brazilian environmental agency, Ibama, approved the beginning stages of construction on the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, to be built on a tributary of the Amazon river.
  • 2012 -A partial collapse at the construction site of the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, Ohio left 12 people injured.
  • 2014 -American singer-songwriter, guitarist Pete Seeger died on this day.
  • 2014 -Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly passed a new constitution, the first since 2011 when the former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was forced from office.

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