Audiovisual Heritage

On This Day - October 27th

October 27th takes us closer toward the end of October, and for fans of trick-or-treating in the West, we’re one day closer to Halloween. However, there’s lots to look forward to on October 27th – and if you’re already celebrating today, now’s the chance to celebrate even more with some fantastic facts. We’ll also spill the beans on some famous people you might share a birthday with, too.

On this day

Federalist Papers author

The Federalist Papers were published.

In 1787, the Federalist Papers started appearing in New York newspapers under the pseudonym "Publius." The papers were written by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton.

New York Subway

The New York subway opened.

October 27th was a big day for New York commuters, as it marks the day that the very first segment of Lower Manhattan to Broadway Harlem was opened to the public via subway. To ride the line, all you needed was a nickel – how things change!

Facts of Ethiopia

Empress Zauditu secured her throne.

In 1916, the Battle of Segale took place. Negus Mikael marched on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son, Emperor Iyasus V. He was defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, which helped secure the throne for Empress Zauditu.

Facts of Switzerland

The League of Nations moved its headquarters.

In 1920, the League of Nations moved its headquarters to Geneva. Today, Geneva remains the seat of the League of Nations – which is why Switzerland is often seen as the center of Europe and international discourse!

Facts about China

China reached one billion!

In 1982, China officially announced that its population had reached over one billion people. As of 2021, there were over 1.4 billion people living there. Will their growth ever slow down?

Special Days Falling on October 27th

Not everyone feels the need to celebrate or commemorate October 27th, but for others, it’s a day worth marking. Here are some of the most important events taking place around the world today.
Facts about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day

Every October 27th is Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day! This archipelago used to run under British, Spanish, and French claims to the lands, but the Caribbean would not go quietly! Thanks to a referendum that freed the area from British rule, Saint Vincent and Grenadines is now an independent area!

facts of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Independence Day

Speaking of independence, today is also Turkmenistan’s Independence Day! The country celebrates its independence from the USSR, which it gained in 1991. As a national holiday, offices, businesses, and schools close down to allow for military parades, concerts, and other cultural events, fairs, and plenty of other activities to choose from!

Audiovisual Heritage

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Another great thing about October 27th is that it’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage! We are so fortunate to live in a world where we can capture actual moments in time and keep them forever! This has led to the creation of well-preserved memories, documented historical moments, and some of the greatest art the world has ever seen. So, today, as you watch the news, your favorite movie or TV show, or even listen to your favorite song, remember how incredible it is that we have access to all of this audiovisual heritage!

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