On this day
The Battle of Bussaco took place
In 1810, the Battle of Bussaco unfolded, during which Arthur Wellesley’s Army (comprised of English and Portuguese forces) defeated the albeit larger French militia helmed by Marshal André Masséna. The French reportedly suffered a loss, with over 4,500 people dead and wounded.
Jean-François Champollion deciphered ancient Egyptian writings
In 1822, French scholar Jean-François Champollion announced that he had managed to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics! He did so using the Rosetta Stone, an ancient tablet that’s been used to help decipher messages and inscriptions dating back centuries. It’s now in the British Museum.
President William Howard Taft made important conservation efforts.
In 1909, US President William Howard Taft set aside about three million acres of oil-rich public land. He did so for conservation reasons – rescinding previous Presidential intentions to reserve federal land for dam sites.
The Hindenburg attack marked the final attack of World War I.
In what is thought by many to be the last offensive strategy of World War I, forces under British occupation attacked the Hindenburg Line. Sadly, it wouldn’t be the last time the world was at war – but, for a while, September 27th, 1918 was a landmark event.
Special Days Falling on September 27thSeptember 27th is full of special days! Don’t believe us? Here are just some of the special occasions being marked all over the world right now.
Day of the French Community
Every September 27th is the Day of the French Community, but believe it or not, this day is not actually celebrated in France! It is, in fact, a Belgian holiday! The holiday has been celebrated for over 40 years and commemorates the moment the royal army was unable to recapture Brussels from the Walloon revolutionaries during the Belgian Revolution.
September 27th is also Milad an-Nabi! Muslims around the world celebrate the day as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The holiday is usually celebrated with flags and ceremonies at national monuments, and some countries even choose to host carnival-like events!
World Tourism Day
Tourism plays an important role in economies around the world. And, for many of us, visiting new places really makes life worth living! More than that, tourism also allows us to learn more about other cultures far away from our own. We learn about other customs, become better educated, and hopefully more respectful and understanding of others. That is why having accessible tourism for everyone is so important!