July 27 in Pop Culture History
1694 – A Royal charter was granted to the Bank of England.
1789 – The first US federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, was established (later renamed the Department of State).
1866 – The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland.
1890 – Vincent van Gogh (probably) shot himself, and died from the chest wound on July 29.
1929 – The Geneva Convention was signed at Geneva, Switzerland. The full official name is the ‘Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva July 27, 1929.’
1940 – The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny. “What’s up, Doc?” was the first line the still-unnamed rabbit said to Elmer Fudd.
1974 – #1 Hit July 27, 1974 – August 9, 1974: John Denver – Annie’s Song
1981 – Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old son of John & Reve Walsh, was kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.
1984 – Purple Rain, Meatballs II, Cheech and Chong’s Corsican Brothers and The Jungle Book (re-issue) debuted in theaters.
1985 – #1 Hit July 27, 1985 – August 2, 1985: Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
1987 – RMS Titanic Inc. began the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1990 – Presumed Innocent, Chicago Joe and the Showgirl and Problem Child were released in theaters.
1991 – #1 Hit July 27, 1991 – September 13, 1991: Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
1996 – In Atlanta, United States, a pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Security guard Richard Jewell saved many people, although there were many injuries. Jewell was also falsely accused on setting the bomb. He was exonerated and Eric Robert Rudolph was later found to have been the bomber.
1999 – #1 Hit July 27, 1996 – August 2, 1996: Toni Braxton – You’re Makin’ Me High / Let It Flow
1999 – Tony Hawk landed the first ‘900’ on a skateboard (two-and-a-half complete revolutions) at the fifth annual X Games in San Francisco, California.
2001 – Planet of the Apes was released in theaters.
2007 – The Simpsons Movie, No Reservations and I Know Who Killed Me debuted in theaters.
2007 – News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase. Four people were killed.
2012 – The Watch, Searching for Sugar Man and Step Up Revolution were released in theaters.
2013 – The Wolverine and Blue Jasmine debuted in theaters.
2016 – Nerve was released in theaters.