This Day in History on 27 October

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 27 October. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

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Important Events

312: Constantine the Great is said to have received the Vision of the Cross.

1920: Kocheril Raman Narayanan was born in the village of Uzhavoor in Kottayam district, Kerala.

1923: Arvind Navinchandra Mafatlal, famous industrialist, was born.

1926: Padmanabh Govind Joshi alias “Nana” Joshi, cricket wicketkeeper during 1950’s was born in Baroda.

1928: Dattaji Krishnarao Gaekwad, father of Anshuman and batted in 11 Tests 1950’s, was born in Baroda.

1937: Abdul Karim Khan, famous singer of ‘Kirana Gharana’, died.

1947: Indian Governments accepts King of Jammu and Kashmir Maharaja Harisingh’s accession merging Jammu and Kashmir in India and sends its troops. Accession of Jammu and Kashmir was then officially announced. No. 12 Sqn was to initiate the remarkable feat of air-lifting the first Sikhs from Palam onto the rough and dusty Srinagar airstrip without planning or reconnaissance as the initial Indian response to the sizeable insurgent forces that were pouring across the border into Jammu and Kashmir.

1958: In Pakistan, General Ayub Khan staged a military coup and ousted President Iskander Mirza.

1961: Mauritania and Mongolia joined the United Nations.

1961: NASA tested the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.

1969: Darshansingh Pheruman died in Amritsar during the 74th day of his fast, which he had undertaken for the merger of Chandigarh in Punjab.

1971: The Democratic Republic of the Congo was renamed Zaire.

1973: The first Ladies Police Station started functioning at Calicut in Kerala.

1982: Gandhiji’s personal secretary Pyare Lal died.

1986: The United Kingdom lifted all restrictions on financial markets.

1987: Vijay Merchant, cricketer (Test average 47.72, 1st-class avg 71), died.

1989: The XIV-World Congress of Neurology was held in New Delhi under the auspices of the World Federation of Neurology and Neurology Society of India. (21-10-89).

1991: Turkmenistan gained independence from Russia.

2003: Earthquake in China affected more than 50,000 people.

2019: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself and three children by detonating a suicide vest during the U.S. military Barisha raid in north-western Syria. 

Birth/Birth Anniversary

K. R. Narayanan, Indian lawyer and politician
K. R. Narayanan, Indian lawyer and politician

1670: Banda Singh Bahadur, a Sikh warrior and a commander of the Khalsa army.

1858: Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States and winner of the Nobel Prize.

1904: Jatin Das, Indian freedom fighters, and revolutionaries.

1907: Sardar Bhagat Singh, the great martyr, was born in village Banga, Lyallpur (now in Pakistsan) in a reputed Sikh freedom fighter’s family.

Mohan Kapoor, Indian television
Mohan Kapoor, Indian television

1920: K. R. Narayanan, Indian lawyer and politician, 10th President of India (d. 2005)

1923: Arvind Mafatlal, Indian industrialist.

1932: Sylvia Plath, an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer.

1947: Dr. Vikas Amte, Indian Social worker.

Dileep, Indian actor and producer
Dileep, Indian actor and producer
Maneet Chauhan, Indian-American chef
Maneet Chauhan, Indian-American chef

1954: Anuradha Poudwal, Indian playback singer.

1965: Mohan Kapoor, Indian television and film actor

1968: Dileep, Indian actor and producer

1976: Maneet Chauhan, Indian-American chef and author

1977: Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer.

1984: Irfan Pathan, Indian cricketer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

C. P. Ramanujam, Indian mathematician
C. P. Ramanujam, Indian mathematician

1605: Akbar (Abul-Fath Djalal-ud-Din), Mughal emperor of India (1556-1605), passed away of diarrhea or dysentery at the age of 63 years. After his death his body was buried at a mausoleum in Sikandra, Agra.

1907: Brahma Bandhav Upadhyay died.

1937: Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, founder of Kirana Gharana and Guru of Sawai Gandharva.

1941: Ernest Everett Just, a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer.

1964: Vaikuntha Mehta, the promoter of the (Sahakari) co-operative movement.

Pradeep Kumar, Indian actor
Pradeep Kumar, Indian actor

1968: Lise Meitner, an Austrian-Swedish physicist.

1969: Darshansingh Pheruman died in Amritsar during the 74th day of his fast, which he had undertaken for the merger of Chandigarh in Punjab.

1974: C. P. Ramanujam, Indian mathematician and academic (b. 1938)

1974: Rudolf Dassler, German founder of the sportswear company Puma and the older brother of Adidas founder, Adolf Dassler.

1987: Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer, cricket critic, businessman and social activist.

Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Indian pharmacologist
Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Indian pharmacologist

1992: David Joseph Bohm, an American scientist.

2001: Pradeep Kumar, Indian actor, director, and producer (b. 1925)

2013: Lewis Allan Reed, an American musician, singer, songwriter, and poet.

2015: Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Indian pharmacologist and academic (b. 1930)

Further Reading

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