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 This day in History - December 27
319 Historic Events for December 27
1975

Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)

Birth
1975

Heather O'Rourke, San Diego Calif, actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist)

Birth
1976

Albania constitution goes into effect

Event
1977

Kate Nelson, Evanston Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)

Birth
1978

Houari Boum‚diene, Algerian Pres, dies after 40 days in a coma at 53

Death
1978

Bob de Lange, Dutch actor/director (Daniel), dies at 62

Death
1978

Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), dies at 27 in car crash

Death
1978

King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution

Event
1979

Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered

Death
1979

"Knots Landing," premieres on CBS-TV

Event
1979

Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at MSG

Event
1979

Soviet troops invade Afgh nist n, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown

Event
1980

Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78

Event
1981

Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82

Death
1981

USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event
1981

Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in Test Crickets with 310

Event
1981

Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

Event
1982

John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51

Death
1982

Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory v India at Karachi

Event
1983

Walter Scott, rocker, dies

Death
1983

Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)

Event
1983

Propane gas fire devastated 16ý blocks of Buffalo

Event
1984

Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees

Event
1985

Dian Fossey, US naturalist (Gorillas in Mist), found dead in Rwanda

Death
1985

Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

Event