This Day in History: January 27

Vietnam War, 1965 1973 – Vietnam War ended. The Paris accord ending the Vietnam War, America‘s longest war to that time, was signed this day in 1973, providing for an exchange of prisoners and for the unilateral withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Vietnam.


1996 – Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara led a successful military coup in Niger against the democratically elected government of President Mahamane Ousmane.

Apollo 1 crew—(left to right) Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee—during training in Florida. On January 27, 1967, the crew was killed when a fire erupted in their capsule during testing.

1967 – During a simulation of a launch, U.S. astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee perished in a fire aboard Apollo 1.

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