11 things that happened this day in history - 27th August

Rupert Murdoch

Here's a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1859 - Edwin Drake drills the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville

2. 1928 - The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by the first 15 nations to do so. Ultimately sixty-one nations sign up

3. 1945 - U.S. troops began landing in Japan after Japan's surrender in World War II

4. 1955 - The Guinness Book of World Records compiled by student twins Norris and Ross McWhirter is published for the first time

5. 1965 - 1965 - Bob Dylan's second electric album, Highway 61 Revisited, is released

6. 1967 - The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, is found dead at his Belgravia home in London

7. 1972 - British heptathlete Denise Lewis is born

8. 1989 - Rupert Murdoch launches Sky TV

9. 1990 - Former Guinness chairman Ernest Saunders and his three conspirators Gerald Ronson, Sir Jack Lyons and Anthony Parnes are convicted for involvement in a conspiracy to drive up the price of shares of Guinness

10. 2012 - Around one-hundred miners barricade themselves underground with explosives in a pit in the island of Sardinia in protest of the closing of the country's only mine.

11. 2003 - Mars made its closest approach to earth in 60,000 years

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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