10 remarkable 27th Januaries

Well good morning world and welcome to another 27th January in the Gregorian Calendar. The 27th January rather remarkably holds some rather significant anniversaries for humanity. I can hear you wondering, “ What anniversaries?”  Well how about a list of some of the more notable ones, although I am sure there are a lot more.

27th January 1606 

The trial of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators opened. Accused of attempting to assassinate King James 1st of England by blowing up Parliament.

27th January 1880

American inventor Thomas Edison registers a patent for an incandescent light bulb, despite Britain’s Sir J.W. Swan demonstrating one in Dec 1878. Swan didn’t receive his patent until November 27th 1880.


27th January 1924

Having died on January 21st, Russian and Soviet founding father Vladimir Illyich Illyanov, known to the world as Lenin was interred in his mausoleum in Red Square.


The funeral of Lenin

27th January 1945

The Soviet army liberated the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

27th January 1948

The first commercial tape recorder went on sale in the U.S.A.

27th January 1967

US Astronauts “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a flash fire on board Apollo 1 during a test.


Burned out capsule of Apollo 1

The 3 astronauts that perished

The 3 astronauts that perished

27th January 1973

The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.

27th January 1973

This author met Elizabeth Macdonald for the first time in The Fox public house, West Green Road, London. What’s for dinner tonight dear?

27th January 1995

Manchester United’s Eric Cantona received a £20,000 fine and was banned for the rest of the season after drop kicking a Crystal Palace fan in the crowd at Selhurst Park. The incident wiped £3million off the Man Utd share price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo2aUfwPQvs

27th January 2010

Steve Jobs unveils the Apple iPad.

Ray Coggin is both a Taxi Tour Guide and a City of Westminster Guide and leads both walking tours and taxi tours (both highlights and themed) around Central London and further afield. Details of his taxi tours can be found here.