27 March It Happened Today

1802  Britain and France sign the Treaty of Amiens.

1914  The first successful blood transfusion is carried out.

1963  Birth of American film director Quentin Tarantino.

1968  Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin, who was the first man to orbit the earth, dies in a plane crash.

1977  Two Jumbo jets collide on runway in Tenerife killing 574 people.

1980  North Sea oil platform Alexander Kielland overturns in stormy weather killing 123 people.

2002  Death of English actor Dudley Moore.

2002  Death of American film director Billy Wilder.


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