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  • Pisa, Italy
    Tuesday Dec 27, 1233

    Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Construction Continued

    Pisa, Italy
    Tuesday Dec 27, 1233

    On 27 December 1233, the worker Benenato, son of Gerardo Bottici, oversaw the continuation of the tower's construction.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday Dec 27, 1923

    Hirohito

    Daisuke Namba attempted To assassinate Hirohito

    Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday Dec 27, 1923

    On 27 December 1923, Daisuke Namba attempted to assassinate Hirohito in the Toranomon Incident but his attempt failed. During interrogation, he claimed to be a communist and was executed, but some have suggested that he was in contact with the Nagacho faction in the Army.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 27, 1945

    Bretton Woods Conference

    The Articles of Agreement for the IMF and IBRD

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 27, 1945

    The Articles of Agreement for the IMF and IBRD signed at Bretton Woods did not come into force until ratified by countries with at least 80 percent of the capital subscriptions ("quotas"). The threshold was reached on December 27, 1945.




  • Iran
    Wednesday Dec 27, 1978

    Iranian Revolution

    The return To Civilian Rule

    Iran
    Wednesday Dec 27, 1978

    The Shah began to search for a new prime minister, one who was a civilian and a member of the opposition. On 28 December, he secured an agreement with another major National Front figure, Shahpour Bakhtiar. Bakhtiar would be appointed prime minister (a return to civilian rule), while the Shah and his family would leave the country for a "vacation". His royal duties would be carried out by a Regency Council, and three months after his departure a referendum would be submitted to the people deciding on whether Iran would remain a monarchy or become a republic. A former opponent of the Shah, Bakhtiar became motivated to join the government because he was increasingly aware of Khomeini's intentions to implement hard-line religious rule rather than a democracy. Karim Sanjabi immediately expelled Bakhtiar from the National Front, and Bakhtiar was denounced by Khomeini (who declared that acceptance of his government was the equivalent of "obedience to false gods").




  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 27, 1988

    Marco van Basten

    1st Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 27, 1988

    Van Basten won his 1st Ballon d'Or.




  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday Dec 27, 1999

    Amazon

    Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday Dec 27, 1999

    Also in 1999, Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year when it recognized the company's success in popularizing online shopping.




  • Afghanistan
    Thursday Dec 27, 2001

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    A Second Bin Laden Video

    Afghanistan
    Thursday Dec 27, 2001

    On December 27, 2001, a second bin Laden video was released. In the video, bin Laden said: It has become clear that the West in general and America in particular have an unspeakable hatred for Islam. ... It is the hatred of crusaders. Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people. ... We say that the end of the United States is imminent, whether Bin Laden or his followers are alive or dead, for the awakening of the Muslim umma (nation) has occurred.


  • Guangdong, China
    Saturday Dec 27, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS China Suspected a new Case

    Guangdong, China
    Saturday Dec 27, 2003

    On Dec 27, China announced the first suspected case of SARS in six months in Guangdong in an individual who was not a SARS researcher.


  • Johannesburg, South Africa
    Wednesday Dec 27, 2017

    Prince Harry

    The President of African Parks

    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Wednesday Dec 27, 2017

    On 27 December 2017, Harry was officially appointed the new president of African Parks, a conservation NGO. He previously spent three weeks in Malawi with African Parks where he joined a team of volunteers and professionals to carry out one of the largest elephant translocations in history. The effort to repopulate areas decimated due to poaching and habitat loss moved 500 elephants from Liwonde and Majete National Parks to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.


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