On July 27

On this day in history July 27, it’s a sad day for art and a happy day for sports. There are coups in Uganda, medical miracles, and the death of Hope. Find out what other strange things happened in art, games, and war on this day that age July 27. 

Famous Historical Events

1890: Vincent van Gogh shot himself in a field in Auvers-Sur-Oise, France. He was only 37. After just a decade of painting, Van Gogh had completed more than 2100 works of art, and his use of color and texture as a post-impressionist painter still haunts, delights, and intrigues people to this day. But van Gogh was not always so famous. He only sold one painting in his life. It was after his death and the tireless efforts of his sister-in-law that Van Gogh is now a household name. His paintings sell for millions of dollars today, but poor Vincent died a pauper. 

Vincent van Gogh

1921: Insulin is isolated for the first time at the University of Toronto. Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles Best managed to isolate the hormone in canine test subjects before refining the formula and then successfully using it on human test subjects. Before their breakthrough, diabetes was a fatal disease. 

For more than 3000 years, it had been mysteriously killing people all over the world, and it wasn’t until the 1900s that the cause of diabetes was finally understood. Before Best and Banting isolated the hormone, the disease was treated by reducing carbohydrate and sugar intake. This allowed patients to live for up to a year instead of only a few weeks after diagnosis. Thanks to Banting and Best, people with diabetes can now live for years after diagnosis. 

University College Building

1985: The Uganda Coup begins on this day in history. The coup was against then-president Milton Obote and staged by Uganda’s military officer Tito Lutwa Okello. But Okello shouldn’t have been so quick to rest on his laurels. Yoweri Museveni ousted him a mere six months later. Museveni is still the president of Uganda. 

1999: Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder in history to land a “900.” The 900 is a 2.5-revolution aerial spin that is performed on a skateboard ramp. While airborne, the skateboarder must make 2.5 turns on their longitudinal axis. So as they descend, they are facing downward. The 900 is considered one of the most demanding moves in skateboarding. But if Hawk can teach us anything, it’s never to give up. He failed ten times before successfully completing the move.

Skateboarder Tony Hawk

2012: In 2012, Queen Elizabeth the Second opened the Summer Olympics in London. This was the third time London hosted the ceremony, calling it Isles of Wonder. Danny Boyle, of “Trainspotting” and “The Beach” fame, directed the production.

Tower Bridge with Olympic rings

Famous Birthdays

1452: Ludovico Sforza

Sforza was the Duke of Milan and one of the wealthy patrons of Leonardo da Vinci. Sforza helped spearhead and support the Renaissance movement in Northern Italy. 

Leonardo da Vinci drawing

1949: Maureen McGovern

Maureen McGovern was born on this day in history in Youngstown, Ohio. She is best known for her works “The Morning After” and “We May Never Love Like This Again.” 

Famous Deathdays

2003: Bob Hope

Bob Hope

Bob Hope was a beloved military entertainer and performing, famous for his work alongside Bing Crosby. On this day in history, Hope died at the age of 100. 

What other medical improvements and breakthroughs in art and sports history will we see on July 27? Check out this site to see what else occurred on this day, that age in history.

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