On This Day: August 27th

August 27th:

1883- Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people

1979- 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland

1610- Polish King Wladyslaw crowned king of Russia

1776- British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island

1782- Battle of the Combahee River near Beaufort, North Carolina, American abolitionist John Laurens is killed leading the charge

1813- Battle of Dresden; Napoleon defeats Austrians

1859- 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake

1883- Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people

1910- Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur baseball teams play a night game at White Sox Park

1916- Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary

1918- Spanish flu arrives in Boston, beginning of the second wave and deadliest wave in the US

1942- Soviet woman sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko arrives in Washington D.C., the 1st Soviet citizen welcomed at the White House, by Eleanor Roosevelt

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