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Events and Birthdays on 27 August

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Events on this day, 27 August


All four defendants in the marathon Guinness trial are found guilty.

Robert Maclennan MP succeeds David Owen as leader of the SDP party.

The Queen's cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, is killed by a bomb blast on his boat in Ireland.

At least 18 British soldiers are killed in two booby-trap bomb attacks at Warrenpoint, South Down, close to the border with the Irish Republic.

The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, is found dead at his Belgravia home in London.

The BBC transmits the first ever live television pictures across the Channel.


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