On this day
The Laws of Burgos were issued
In 1512, the Spanish Crown issued the Burgos Laws. These laws governed the conduct of settlers concerning Native Americans in the New World. Sadly, as many of us know by now, much of the land belonging to Native Americans was taken – and many people were treated badly.
An earthquake hit Turkey
In 1939, a magnitude 8 earthquake hit Erzincan, Turkey. Between 20,000 and 40,000 died in the natural disaster, making it one of the most devastating to occur in the 20th century, if not on record.
The IMF established 29 member countries
On this day back in 1945, the IMF, or International Monetary Fund, officially took shape with 29 member states – and the concept was brought to life thanks to the creativity of John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White. The IMF is still running to this day.
Indonesia became independent
In 1949, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted independence to Indonesia. It has remained independent ever since – surely a reason to celebrate post-Christmas, at least!
President Amin was killed
In 1979, having invaded Afghanistan two days earlier, Soviet forces succeeded in a coup in Kabul. In doing so, they killed President Hafizullah Amin.
Special Days Falling on December 27thDecember 27th is no ordinary day between holidays! In fact, it has plenty to celebrate on its own. Here are just some of the celebrations taking place around the world today.
Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s Death
The Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s Death is commemorated on December 27th every year. The day honors the Pakistani politician who was assassinated via an attack by terrorists on December 27th, 2007. Her death struck the entire world as she was famous for being the first-ever female leader of a Muslim nation. Her legacy was in fighting for democracy and women's rights.
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on December 27th every year helps to create awareness about epidemics, and the devastating effects they can have on societies. Humanity has faced multiple epidemics throughout history, with the last one being quite recent. So, this kind of day should serve us all well every year, lest we forget how much we can lose in an epidemic!
St. John’s History Day
St. John's History Day is celebrated all over the world on December 27th every year, and is also known as the "Feast of St. John." St. John was the scribe of the fourth gospel and the related book of "Revelation." He is represented by the eagle, and is an important figure in Roman Catholicism.