August 27

This Day in History

1896

Shortest War Ever

On this day in 1896, the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate fought the 38-minute Anglo-Zanzibar War, the shortest war in history. The asymmetrical war marked the end of a sovereign Zanzibar … (more...)

1883

Krakatau Explodes

The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurs on Krakatau, a small, uninhabited island located west of Sumatra in Indonesia. Volcanic activity began on Krakatau on May 20, and on … (more...)

1874

Carl Bosch Born, Transforms Agriculture

On this day in 1874, German chemist and engineer Carl Bosch, whose work would revolutionise agriculture and eventually pave the way for the Green Revolution, was born in Cologne, Germany. Carl Bosch … (more...)