What Happened On This Day – August 27
2003 Mars approaches closest to the Earth since 57,617 BC
The next time the two planets will be this close will be in 2287.
2003 World’s Biggest Battery is Plugged in
The battery, which takes up about 2,000 square metres of space and weighs about 1,300 tonnes is set up to provide emergency electricity to the residents of Fairbanks in Alaska, for about 7 minutes.
1991 Moldova gains its Independence
The Eastern European country was part of the Soviet Union since August 2, 1940, from parts of Romania and parts of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, after the dissolution of the USSR, the country gained its independence.
1985 Military coup in Nigeria
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida took over the government after overthrowing Muhammadu Buhari in a bloodless coup.
1962 NASA Launches Mariner 2
Part of NASA’s Mariner program, the unmanned space probe was the first man-made object to flyby another planet – it encountered Venus on December 14, 1962. The space probe made its last contact with scientists on Earth on January 3, 1963.
Births On This Day,
1976 Mark Webber
Australian race car driver
1952 Paul Reubens
1908 Donald Bradman
1908 Lyndon B. Johnson
American politician, 36th President of the United States
1770 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Deaths On This Day,
1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1979 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
British statesman, naval officer
1975 Haile Selassie I
1967 Brian Epstein
English talent manager
1963 W. E. B. Du Bois
American sociologist, historian, activist