spotlight Today in history: March 27 Mar 27, 2020 Mar 27, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1945: Dwight Eisenhower In 1945, during World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the Western Front had been broken. AP 1958: Nikita Khrushchev In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party. AP 1964: Alaska In 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 lives. AP 1968: Yuri Gagarin In 1968, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (gah-GAH'-rihn), the first man to orbit the Earth in 1961, died when his MiG-15 jet crashed during a routine training flight near Moscow; he was 34. AP 1973: Academy Awards In 1973, "The Godfather" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1972, but its star, Marlon Brando, refused to accept his Oscar for best actor. Liza Minnelli won best actress for "Cabaret." AP 1975: Trans-Alaska Pipeline In 1975, construction began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which was completed two years later. AP 1977: Plane Crash In 1977, in aviation's worst disaster, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off in heavy fog, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on an airport runway on the Canary Island of Tenerife (ten-uh-REEF'). AP 1980: Oil Platform In 1980, 123 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field platform, the Alexander Kielland, capsized during a storm. AP 2005: Pope John Paul II In 2005, Pope John Paul II delivered an Easter Sunday blessing to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, but the ailing pontiff was unable to speak and managed only to greet the saddened crowd with a sign of the cross. AP 2006: Zacarias Moussaoui In 2006, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) testified at his federal trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. AP 2010: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama announced he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs using recess appointments. AP 2010: Earth Hour Ten years ago: Lights were switched off across the world from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time to mark Earth Hour, an event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to highlight concerns about global warming. AP 2015: Amanda Knox Five years ago: Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that had captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. AP 2015: Harry Reid Five years ago: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced he would retire the following year. AP 2019: Facebook One year ago: Facebook said it was extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism. AP 2019: Mao Asada Ten years ago: Mao Asada of Japan beat Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea to win her second title at the World Figure Skating Championships, held in Turin, Italy. AP 0 comments Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +88 National Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP Updated 6 hrs ago Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +17 Archives Today in history: May 25 May 25, 2020 NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on the Red Planet to begin searching for evidence of water, and more events that happened on this day in history. +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 24 May 24, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Bob Dylan, John C. Reilly, Patti LaBelle, Priscilla Presley, Rosann… +50 National Photos: A look back at the eruption of Mount St. Helens, 40 years ago today May 18, 2020 On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing. +16 Archives Today in history: May 23 May 23, 2020 Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers,… +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 23 May 23, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Drew Carey, Jewel, Joan Collins, Ken Jennings, Melissa McBride, Rya… +12 Archives Today in sports history: Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in '65 title rematch May 25, 2020 Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, May 25: +8 National Today in sports history: Babe Ruth hits his first grand slam in 1919 Updated May 20, 2020 Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, May 20: +5 Archives Today in sports history: Celtics' Dave Cowens lifts Celtics in Game 1 of '76 Finals May 23, 2020 Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, May 23: +33 Archives Today’s top pics: Virus Outbreak and more May 22, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.