The Thing About Today – September 27

September 27, 2020
Day 271 of 366


September 27th is the 271st day of the year. It is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the United States.


In the United States, today is “celebrated” as National Chocolate Milk Day, National Crush a Can Day, National Corned Beef Hash Day, National Scarf Day, and National Gold Star Mother’s Day (typically observed on the last Sunday in September).


Historical items of note:

  • In 1822, Jean-François Champollion announced that he had deciphered the Rosetta Stone.
  • In 1825, the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, was ceremonially opened.
  • In 1908, production of the Model T automobile began at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
  • In 1920, actor William Conrad was born.
  • In 1928, the Republic of China was recognized by the United States.
  • In 1932, actor Roger C. Carmel was born.
  • In 1934, actor and advertising spokesman Wilford Brimley was born.
  • In 1947, Scottish actor, director, and screenwriter Denis Lawson was born. He portrayed pilot Wedge Antilles in the Star Wars films.
  • In 1954, The Tonight Show premiered with host Steve Allen.
  • In 1956, United States Air Force Captain Milburn G. Apt became the first person to exceed Mach 3. Shortly thereafter, the Bell X-2 went out of control and Captain Apt was killed.
  • In 1962, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published, inspiring an environmental movement and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • In 1970, actress Tamara Taylor was born.
  • In 1982, actress Anna Camp was born.
  • In 1998, the Google internet search engine was launched (based on a retroactive claim).
  • In 2007, NASA launched the Dawn probe to the asteroid belt.
  • In 2008, CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk.


Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day.

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness surrounding the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide.

The date was chosen since the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted on that day in 1970. Their adoption was considered a milestone in global tourism.


The Thing About Today is an effort to look at each day of 2020 with respect to its historical context.

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