December 27 (December 27) is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). There are 4 more days until the end of the year.
1831 - English naturalist Charles Darwin sails the Beagle from Plymouth.
1882 - Diplomatic relations between Serbia and the United States are established by a decree of King Milan Obrenovic approving the Trade Agreement and the Consular Convention with the United States.
1927 - One of the leaders of the October Revolution and the first head of Soviet diplomacy, Leo Trotsky, is expelled from the Communist Party after the victory of Joseph Stalin in political conflicts. Trotsky was then expelled from the Soviet Union and killed in Mexico in 1940 on Stalin's orders.
1945 - The International Monetary Fund is established in Washington.
1945 - Korea is divided into two states - North and South Korea.
1948 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Jozef Mindsenti is arrested by Hungarian authorities for anti-communist activities.
1949 - A document is signed by Dutch Queen Juliana to give Indonesia independence after more than three centuries of Dutch colonial rule.
1956 - A UN fleet begins clearing the Suez Canal, which the Egyptians disabled during the Suez War, sinking a number of ships.
1969 - Libya, Sudan and the United Arab Republic reach an agreement on a military, political and economic alliance.
1972 - Australia suspends military aid to South Vietnam, ending its participation in the Vietnam War.
1979 - Soviet troops occupy Tajag's palace outside Kabul, assassinating Afghan President Hafizullah Amin and eliminating his elite guard.
1985 - Simultaneous attacks by Palestinian terrorists on passengers in front of Israeli El Al counters at Rome and Vienna airports kill 16 people, including one assailant, and injure more than 100.
1989 - Egypt and Syria resume full diplomatic relations after a 12-year hiatus.
1995 - France conducts the fifth in a series of nuclear tests in the South Pacific, sparking worldwide condemnation.
1996 - A first genocide trial begins in Rwanda for the 1994 massacre of 800,000 Tutsis.
1996 - Former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez announces that the OSCE Commission has determined that the "Together" coalition has won local elections in 13 cities in Serbia and nine Belgrade municipalities. P�