June 27

This Day in History

1898

First Solo Circumnavigation of the World Completed

On this day in 1898, Canadian-born seaman and adventurer Joshua Slocum completed a solo voyage around the world, and became the first sailor to circumnavigate the globe alone. Born in Nova Scotia … (more...)

1857

Explorers Search for Source of the Nile

This day in 1857 marked the beginning of one of the most famous expeditions in nineteenth century exploration, as Richard Burton and John Speke set off to find the source of the Nile River. The … (more...)

1844

Mormon leader killed

American Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, is murdered by an anti-Mormon mob while being held in an Illinois jail cell. In his Book of Mormon, Smith claimed that he was the prophet of the … (more...)