On December 27:
537 The Hagia Sophia was completed.
1571 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, was born.
1773 George Cayley, English scientist, inventor, and politician, was born.
1822 Louis Pasteur, French scientist, was born.
1901 Marlene Dietrich, German actress and singer, was born.
1915 William Masters, American gynecologist, was born.
1918 The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans began.
1922 Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō became the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.
1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
1941 Michael Pinder, British musician (Moody Blues), was born.
1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician, was born.
1945 The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.
1948 Gérard Depardieu, French actor, was born.
1955 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver, was born.
1978 Spain became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
1987 Rewi Alley, friend of China, died of heart failure and cerebral thrombosis at his Beijing residence.
2001 The People’s Republic of China was granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.