Today in History
1998 Viagra is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Pfizer’s pill was the first drug approved in the United States to treat male impotence. In 2012, the company earned $2 billion in revenue from Viagra alone.
1994 Silvio Berlusconi rises to power in Italy
Berlusconi’s numerous affairs and scandals garnered more attention than his policies during his 20 years in Italian politics. He was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion in 2013.
1980 The oil rig Alexander L. Kjelland collapses in high winds in the North Sea
Only 89 of the 212 crew members survived the capsizing of the Norwegian platform, which was caused by a fatigue crack in one of the legs.
1977 The worst air crash in history occurs in Tenerife, Spain
583 people died when 2 Boeing 747 aircraft collided on the runway.
1871 England and Scotland compete in the first international rugby match
Rugby, like association football, is a British invention. Today, it is primarily popular in large parts of the British Commonwealth.
Births On This Day, March 27
1971 David Coulthard
Scottish race car driver
1970 Mariah Carey
American singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1963 Quentin Tarantino
American director, screenwriter, producer
1924 Sarah Vaughan
1845 Wilhelm Röntgen
German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
Deaths On This Day, March 27
2006 Rudolf Vrba
Czech/Canadian holocaust survivor, educator
2002 Billy Wilder
1972 M. C. Escher
1968 Yuri Gagarin
Russian pilot, astronaut
1898 Syed Ahmad Khan
Indian educator, politician