Saturday 27 May 2017, 07:11:08
27 May 669 BC
: “If the Sun at its rising is like a crescent and wears a crown like the Moon, the king wll capture his enemy's land, evil will leave the land, and the land will experience good” writes Babylonian scribe Rasil the older to his king in reference to a solar eclipse on this day.
27 May 1332
: Ibn Khaldun, Arab scientist, is born in Tunis.
27 May 1564
: John Calvin, French theologian who shaped the Reformed tradition now known as Calvinism, dies in Geneva, Switzerland at age 54.
27 May 1703
: Russian tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg
, making it the capital ten years later.
27 May 1774
: Francis Beaufort, Irish hydrographer, is born in Navan.
27 May 1896
: Aleksandr Stoletov, Russian physicist, considered the founder of electrical engineering, dies in Moscow at age 56.
27 May 1903
: At the suggestion of German emperor Wilhelm II to solve patent disputes, AEG and Siemens create the joint venture of the “Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie System Telefunken” in Berlin.
27 May 1927
: At the signing of the Treaty of Jeddah, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of king Abdul Aziz over Hejaz and Nejd, later renamed Saudi Arabia.
27 May 1930
: The 319 m high Chrysler Building is opened in New York, the tallest building in the world until the completion of the nearby Empire State Building the following year.
27 May 1941
: American Bell Labs engineer Russell Ohl patents a “Light sensitive device”, the first practical solar cell.
27 May 1964
: Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India since 1947, dies in New Delhi at age 74.