Born on this day 27th August
1882 Samuel Goldwyn
1887 Jimmy Finlayson
1908 Sir Donald Bradman
1910 Mother Teresa
1916 Martha Raye
1930 Pat Coombs
1932 Lady Antonia Fraser
1947 Barbara Bach
1952 Pee Wee Herman
1954 John Lloyd
1956 Glen Matlock
1959 Gerhard Berger
1984 David Bentley
1985 Kevan Hurst
1987 Joel Grant
1965 The Beatles met Elvis Presley for the first time.
1983 Barry Manilow appeared at Blenheim Palace.
1996 Liam Gallagher lead singer of Oasis announced a mere 15 minutes before boarding the tour plane to America, that he would not be going as he wanted to concentrate on finding a new home for himself and fiancee actress Patsy Kensit.
1966 Francis Chichester set sail in Gypsy Moth IV from Plymouth onhis solo voyage around the world. He would return the following May, becoming the first old age pensioner to accomplish the feat.
1993 Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Alan Sugar attempted to stop a court action by Terry Venables, who was trying to take control of the soccer club.
1955 The Guiness Book of World Records’ was first published and sold more than 70 million copies, more than any other book but the bible.
1964 Walt Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke was released in the US.
1981 Moira Stuart was apponited the BBC’s first black woman newsreader.
1833 The volcano Krakatoa erupted killing 30,000 people on the Indonesian island of Rakata.
1993 Medical records dating from 1897 to 1914 which were discovered by A R Clark’s pharmacy in the Deeside village of Braemar revealed that Queen Victoria and her Balmoral guests had been regularly supplied with large amounts of cocaine and heroin solutions.
2000 11 British soldiers were held hostage and threatened with death by heavily armed Guerillas at an unknown location in the jungles of Sierra Leone