May 27

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1940 ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of c. 338,000 Belgian, British and French troops over nine days from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, began.
  • 1564 John Calvin (54), influential French theologian during the Protestant Reformation, died.
  • 1911 The first edition of the Irish Worker, organ of the ITGWU and edited by James Larkin, was issued. Averaging 20,000 copies per issue, it was suppressed in December 1914 but was revived in 1930–2 under the editorship of James Larkin Jr.
  • 1964 Pandit (Jawaharlal) Nehru (74), prime minister of India since independence (1947), died.
  • 1993 President Mary Robinson met Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, the first official contact between a British monarch and an Irish president.
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