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On this day in history - March 27

What Happened On This Day – March 27

  • 1998 Viagra is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Pfizer's pill was the first drug against male impotence to be approved in the United States. In 2012, the company made 2 billion U.S. Dollars from Viagra alone.

  • 1994 Silvio Berlusconi rises to power in Italy

    In his 20 years in Italian politics, Berlusconi arguably made more headlines for his numerous affairs and scandals than for his policies. In 2013, he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for tax fraud.

  • 1980 The oil rig Alexander L. Kjelland collapses in high winds in the North Sea

    Only 89 of 212 crew survived the Norwegian platform's capsizing, which was caused by a fatigue crack in one of the legs.

  • 1977 The worst air crash in history occurs in Tenerife, Spain

    583 people died when 2 Boeing 747 aircraft collided on the runway.

  • 1871 England and Scotland compete in the first international rugby match

    Like association football, rugby is a British invention. Today, it is a popular sport mainly in large parts of the British Commonwealth.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 27

  • 1971 David Coulthard

    Scottish race car driver

  • 1970 Mariah Carey

    American singer-songwriter, producer, actress

  • 1963 Quentin Tarantino

    American director, screenwriter, producer

  • 1924 Sarah Vaughan

    American singer

  • 1845 Wilhelm Röntgen

    German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

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Deaths On This Day,
March 27

  • 2006 Rudolf Vrba

    Czech/Canadian holocaust survivor, educator

  • 2002 Billy Wilder

    Austrian/American director

  • 1972 M. C. Escher

    Dutch illustrator

  • 1968 Yuri Gagarin

    Russian pilot, astronaut

  • 1898 Syed Ahmad Khan

    Indian educator, politician