Today In History June 27

Today In History June 27

June 27 is the 178th day of the year 2020 (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 187 days remain until the end of the year.

The history plays a fundamental role in human thought. It invokes notions of human agency, change, the role of material circumstances in human affairs, and therefore the putative meaning of historical events. It raises the possibility of “Learning from History.” And it suggests the possibility of better understanding ourselves within the present, by understanding the forces, choices, and circumstances that brought us to our current situation.

Let’s discover what happened today in history:

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 27, 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the 1stblack jurist to take a seat on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. (His departure led to the contentious nomination of Clarence Thomas to succeed him.)

1871: Yen made the official monetary unit of Japan

First minted in the year 1869, the yen was adopted as Japan’s official monetary unit on June 27 1871 when the government suspended the exchange of clan notes, money issued by feudal lords that had circulated since the 16th century.

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1956: The film Moby Dick is premiered

John Huston’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s homonymous novel, while not having been a great box office success, is today considered an excellent work, especially for its use of light and color.

1954: The world’s first nuclear power plant is activated

The reactor at Obninsk in present-day Russia remained in operation for 48 years. Today, there are some 400 atomic power plants worldwide. The technology remains controversial, especially because of the unsolved long-term storage of the highly dangerous nuclear waste.

1986: The 1980s U.S. intervention in Nicaragua is declared illegal

The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled the United States had broken international law and violated the sovereignty of Nicaragua by aiding the contras. (The United States had already said it would not consider itself bound by the World Court decision.)