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DECEMBER 27

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1771 William Johnson (South Carolina-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1823 Mackenzie Boswell (Prime Minister of Canada) Canadian Political and Social Leaders
1831 Lucius Fairchild (Ohio-born 3-term Governor of Wisconsin) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1846 David M. Clough (New Hampshire-born Governor of Minnesota: 1895 - 1899) New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Political and Social Leaders
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1979 Hafizullah Amin (President of Afghanistan; Executed) Afghanistan Political and Social Leaders Soviet Union Cold War History Channel New York Times
1986 Dumas Malone (Mississippi-born Historian Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for His Biography of Thomas Jefferson) Dumas Malone Thomas Jefferson U.S. History 1975 Pulitzer Prize for History
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1780 American Troops Destroy a British Force Terrorizing Patriots Near South Carolina's Bush River Great Britain South Carolina American Revolution History Channel
1794 Portuguese Slave Ship São José Wrecks Off the Coast of South Africa, Drowning 200 Slaves Portugal South Africa Slavery Naval History Death South African History
1846 Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan's Thousand Volunteer Army Captures El Paso El Paso, Texas Mexican-American War History Channel
1862 U.S.S. Roebuck Captures the British Schooner Kate Attempting to Make a Cargo Run Up Florida's St. Mark's River Great Britain Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Confederate Army of Tennessee Finishes Crossing the Tennessee River on Its Retreat to Mississippi Mississippi American Civil War History Channel
1918 Volunteers and Members of the Polish People's Guard Take Up Arms Against Germans Occupying the Industrial City of Poznan Poland Germany World War I History Channel
1941 The U.S. Government Initiates Rubber Rationing Beginning with Tires U.S. Government Automotives World War II History Channel
1942 Germany's "Smolensk Committee" Begins Recruiting anti-Soviet Prisoners of War to Join German Troops Against the Soviets Germany Soviet Union Prisoners of War World War II History Channel
1944 Texas Lieutenant, Eli Whiteley, Earns the Congressional Medal of Honor for Bravery in France France Texas Military Figures Congressional Medal of Honor World War II Texas State Historical Association
1945 Allied Powers Decide to Divide Korea into North and South Occupation Zones Divided Along the 38th Parallel Korea Korea World War II Korean War Cold War Asian History
The World Bank Is Created With an Agreement Signed by 28 Nations The World Bank Historic World Documents Cold War New York Times
1949 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands Grants Sovereignty to Indonesia After More Than 300 Years of Dutch Rule Indonesia Dutch Political and Social Leaders New York Times
1960 France Explodes Its Third Atomic Bomb in Africa's Sahara Desert Africa France Atomic Weapons Cold War BBC
1978 King Juan Carlos Ratifies Spain's First Democratic Constitution in Nearly Five Decades King Juan Carlos Historic World Documents History Channel
1979 Afghanistan President Hafizullah Amin Is Executed as the Soviet Union Sends 75,000 Troops into the Country Afghanistan Political and Social Leaders Soviet Union Cold War Death History Channel New York Times Asian History
1985 Terrorists Kill 16 and Injure 100 in Attacks on Airports at Vienna and Rome Vienna International Airport Rome Airport Authority Aviation History Terrorism Death BBC
1989 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Near the Southeast Coast of Australia Kills 13, Injures 100, Creates $1.1B Damage Australia Earthquakes Death USGS
2004 Opposition Leader Viktor Yushchenko Is Announced as the Winner of the Ukraine Presidential Elections Ukrainian Political and Social Leaders Elections BBC

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