On This Day 27 August

Important Days

Important Events

2006 – Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.


2009 – Internal conflict in Myanmar: The Burmese military junta and ethnic armies begin three days of violent clashes in the Kokang Special Region.


2011 – Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1925 – Jaswant Singh Neki, Indian poet and academic (d. 2015)

1931 – Sri Chinmoy, Indian-American guru and poet (d. 2007)

1972 – The Great Khali, Indian Professional Wrestler

Death/ Death Anniversary

2006 – Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)