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 This day in History - February 27
433 Historic Events for February 27
274

Constantine I, Great Roman emperor (306-337), adopted Christianity

Birth
837

15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

Event
1167

Robert of Melun, English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies

Death
1526

Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)

Event
1531

Evangelical German monarchy/towns form Schmalkaldische Union

Event
1539

Franciscus Raphelengius, Dutch book publisher

Birth
1557

1st Russian Embassy opens in London, Russia and US sign trade agreement

Event
1563

William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral

Event
1594

Henri IV crowned king of France

Event
1622

Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, Dutch painter

Birth
1649

Johann Philipp Krieger, composer

Birth
1656

Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies

Death
1665

Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-adm De Ruyter beats English

Event
1667

Abraham Crijnssen conquerors Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname

Event
1670

Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I

Event
1678

Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower

Event
1696

English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Assn

Event
1700

Pacific Island of New Britain discovered

Event
1702

Johann Valentin Gorner, composer

Birth
1706

John Evelyn, diarist, dies

Death
1713

French troops bomb Willemstad Cura‡ao

Event
1731

Angelo Predieri, composer, dies at 76

Death
1733

Johann Adam Birkenstock, composer, dies at 46

Death
1735

John Arbuthnot, physician/mathematician, dies

Death
1745

Silverius Muller, composer

Birth