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1 Jan 1927

China
  • Vi Kyuin "Wellington" Koo was made the prime minister of Chinese Beiyang Government. ww2dbase [Wellington Koo | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was founded by Royal Charter, replacing the British Broadcasting Company Limited. ww2dbase [AC]
10 Jan 1927

Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1927
Portrait of Chiang Kaishek, 10 Jan 1927
1 Feb 1927

China
  • Ding Zhipan was promoted to the rank of major general in the Beiyang Army. ww2dbase [Ding Zhipan | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt founded the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation in the United States to further the research of poliomyelitis and for the care of poliomyelitis patients. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Warm Springs, Georgia | CPC]
4 Feb 1927

Germany
  • Karl Burk retired from the German Army at the rank of Oberwachtmeister. ww2dbase [Karl Burk | CPC]
5 Feb 1927

China
  • Tenryu was dispatched to China to patrol the mouth of the Yangtze River. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
10 Feb 1927
  • William Halsey was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [William Halsey | CPC]
15 Feb 1927
  • Commander Shigeru Osamu was named the chief equipping officer of Destroyer No. 34. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
24 Feb 1927

United States
4 Mar 1927
  • Destroyer No. 34 was launched. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
Estonia
  • Nikolai Reek was named the Minister of War of Estonia. ww2dbase [Nikolai Reek | Tallinn | CPC]
5 Mar 1927

France
  • La Motte-Picquet was commissioned into service under the command of capitaine de vaisseau Jean Cras. ww2dbase [La Motte-Picquet | CPC]
Korea
  • General Hanzo Kanaya was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Shusei Morioka. ww2dbase [CPC]
11 Mar 1927

China
  • He Yingqin was made a committee member of the Chinese government. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
14 Mar 1927

China
15 Mar 1927

Germany
  • Seeadler was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Seeadler | CPC]
Singapore
  • A memorial service was held aboard cruiser Emden for the fallen of the original Emden at the Coco Islands, Straits Settlements (now a part of Australia). ww2dbase [Emden | Coco Islands | CPC]
24 Mar 1927

China
  • The Nanjing Incident: US and British Royal Navy warships opened fire on rioting Chinese Nationalists and Communists who were looting the property of foreign residents in the treaty port. ww2dbase [Nanjing | AC]
25 Mar 1927
  • Akagi was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Akagi | CPC]
29 Mar 1927

United States
  • American-born motor-racer Henry Segrave became the first man to exceed 200mph, breaking the world road speed record, at Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [Daytona Beach, Florida | AC]
1 Apr 1927

France
  • Primauguet was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Primauguet | CPC]
4 Apr 1927

China
  • Bai Chongxi purged communists from the Nationalist Chinese garrison in Shanghai, China and a number of labor leaders in the city; many of them were executed. ww2dbase [Bai Chongxi | Shanghai | CPC]
5 Apr 1927

China
  • Chiang Kaishek declared martial law in Shanghai, China as the first step of a bloody purge against Communists. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Shanghai | CPC]
Japan
  • Naka received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
6 Apr 1927

Photo(s) dated 6 Apr 1927
Duke and Duchess of York at Brisbane, Australia, 6 Apr 1927Duke and Duchess of York at Brisbane Central Station, Australia, 6 Apr 1927
7 Apr 1927

Photo(s) dated 7 Apr 1927
Duke and Duchess of York at Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Australia, 7 Apr 1927
10 Apr 1927

China
  • He Yingqin led troops in an anti-communist purge in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Nanjing | CPC]
12 Apr 1927

China
  • He Yingqin's troops clashed with communists in Nanjing, China; there were several deaths on both sides. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Nanjing | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Apr 1927
Duke and Duchess of York relaxing at Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia, 12 Apr 1927
18 Apr 1927

China
  • Chinese Nationalists set up a government in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [Nanjing | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Apr 1927
Chiang Kaishek, Hu Hanmin, Cai Yuanpei, Wu Zhihui, Li Shiceng, Deng Zeru, Gan Naiguang and others at the founding of the Nationalist Chinese Nanjing government, China, 18 Apr 1927
1 May 1927

China
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the executive officer of 15th Infantry Regiment in Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Tianjin | CPC]
2 May 1927
  • Ira Eaker completed the 35,200 km Pan American Goodwill Flight around South America, winning the one of the Mackay Trophies. ww2dbase [Ira Eaker | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 May 1927
Aerial photo of battleship Colorado in a harbor, 2 May 1927; note three large and five small harbor tugs nearby
3 May 1927

France
7 May 1927

Photo(s) dated 7 May 1927
Submarine Division 19 at Balboa harbor, Panama, 7 May 1927
19 May 1927

China
  • He Yingqin crossed the Yangtze River in China during the Northern Expedition campaign. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
20 May 1927

Saudi Arabia
  • Kingdom of Hejaz and Kingdom of Nejd, both under the leadership of Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, signed the Treaty of Jeddah with the United Kingdom, gaining western recognition. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Roderick Carr and L. E. M. Gillmann departed RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom in an attempt to fly to India without stopping. ww2dbase [Roderick Carr | Cranwell, England | CPC]
23 May 1927
  • Roderick Carr and L. E. M. Gillmann's attempt to fly non-stop from Britain to India failed as they ran out of fuel and had to ditch their aircraft in the Persian Gulf near Bandar Abbas, Iran. Despite the failure, they would achieve a world record for flight distance, however. ww2dbase [Roderick Carr | CPC]
27 May 1927

France
  • Thirteen years after its keel was laid down, the French aircraft carrier BĂ©arn was completed. The BĂ©arn would become the longest surviving aircraft carrier in the world (not being scrapped until 1968) although it spent much of its life out of commission. ww2dbase [BĂ©arn | AC]
11 Jun 1927

Photo(s) dated 11 Jun 1927
Memphis at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States, with Charles Lindbergh on board, upon his return from Europe after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 Jun 1927Charles Lindbergh prepared to disembark from Memphis at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States upon his return from Europe after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 Jun 1927
12 Jun 1927

France
  • The keel of Colbert was laid down at Brest Naval Shipyard, France. ww2dbase [Colbert | Brest, Bretagne | CPC]
13 Jun 1927

United States
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh received a ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New York | CPC]
15 Jun 1927

Japan
16 Jun 1927

China
  • Vi Kyuin "Wellington" Koo stepped down as the intrim President of China. ww2dbase [Wellington Koo | CPC]
25 Jun 1927
  • Captain Shinji Kohiyama was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
2 Jul 1927
  • Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was promoted to the rank of capitaine de vaisseau. ww2dbase [Marcel-Bruno Gensoul | CPC]
7 Jul 1927

China
  • The county of Shanghai in China was raise to a city status. ww2dbase [Shanghai | CPC]
14 Jul 1927

China
  • The city of Shanghai was given the status of a municipality directly controlled by the Chinese central government. ww2dbase [Shanghai | CPC]
17 Jul 1927
  • Five US Marine Corps de Havilland DH-4 aircraft were used to make a strafing and dive bombing attack against bandits besieging the US Marine garrison at Ocotal, Nicaragua. Whilst US Marine aircraft had carried out dive-bomb attacks in Haiti in 1919, the mission at Ocotal, led by Major Ross Rowell, used the newly-established USMC doctrine for the first time. ww2dbase [AC]
23 Jul 1927

Photo(s) dated 23 Jul 1927
Aoba undergoing sea trials, 23 Jul 1927
25 Jul 1927
  • Destroyer No. 34 was commissioned into service with Commander Shigeru Osamu in command. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The newly created Air Defence of Great Britain, the UK-based element of the RAF, staged the first annual tactical air defence exercise. The four day exercise involved all the RAF's fighting elements plus contributions by the Observer Corps and the Ground Forces of London. ww2dbase [AC]
26 Jul 1927
  • Iwane Matsui was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Iwane Matsui | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Major General Nenosuke Sato was named the chief of staff of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
27 Jul 1927

China
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Weihai, Shandong Province, China, a British leased territory. ww2dbase [Hermes | Weihai, Shandong | CPC]
29 Jul 1927

Russia
  • In Russia, Metropolitan Sergei Stragorodsky, the most senior prelate, issued a public declaration that the church recognized the Soviet state as its "Civil Fatherland". Hundreds of clergy refused to accept the church coming under state control and by 1930 an estimated one fifth of all those imprisoned in the Solovki camp complex were clerical victims of persecution. ww2dbase [AC]
15 Aug 1927

United Kingdom
  • The new battleship, HMS Nelson, was commissioned into the British Royal Navy. One of two new battleships permitted by the Washington Treaty, HMS Nelson would become the flagship of the Home Fleet. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1927
Carrier Akagi and battleship Nagato at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan, 15 Aug 1927
24 Aug 1927
  • Oberon was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Oberon | CPC]
26 Aug 1927

Korea
  • Hisaichi Terauchi was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [Hisaichi Terauchi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1927
Light cruiser Jintsu damaged after colliding with destroyer Warabi during training exercise in night of 24 Aug 1927, Maizuru, Japan, circa 26 Aug 1927
27 Aug 1927

Photo(s) dated 27 Aug 1927
Hitler Youth ceremony, Germany, 27 Aug 1927
1 Sep 1927
  • Aoba was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Aoba | CPC]
  • Kinugasa was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Kinugasa | CPC]
5 Sep 1927

China
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Tianjin, China for a tour of Korea and Japan. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Tianjin | CPC]
9 Sep 1927

Japan
  • Hiroshi Nemoto was attached to the Army Ministry in Tokyo, Japan and was placed in charge with China affairs. ww2dbase [Hiroshi Nemoto | Tokyo | CPC]
24 Sep 1927

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was assigned to destroyer USS Macdonough as her executive officer and navigator. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
25 Sep 1927

China
28 Sep 1927

South Africa
  • Lieutenant Dick Bently of the South African Air Force landed his D.H.60X Moth aircraft after making the first solo flight from Great Britain to Cape Peninsula, South Africa. He had left London on 1 Sep 1927. ww2dbase [Cape | AC]
29 Sep 1927

Germany
  • Georg Wulf, co-founder of the Focke-Wulf aircraft company, was killed when his radically-designed tail-first Focke-Wulf Fw 19 aircraft crashed whilst making a public demonstration. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Georg Wulf, co-founder of the Focke-Wulf aircraft company, was killed when his radically-designed tail-first Focke-Wulf Fw 19 suffered a broken control rod, resulting in a fatal crash during a public demonstration. ww2dbase [AC]
6 Oct 1927

United States
  • Entertainment company Warner Bros released "The Jazz Singer"; the first feature-length talking picture film. ww2dbase [AC]
11 Oct 1927

Belgium
  • Princess Josèphine-Charlotte (later the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg) of Belgium was born at the Royal Palace in Brussels. ww2dbase [Brussels | AC]
United States
  • Captain Harry Kimball Cage was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead. ww2dbase [Marblehead | CPC]
14 Oct 1927
  • William Leahy was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [William Leahy | CPC]
20 Oct 1927
  • Mutsu was Emperor Showa's flagship during the annual Japanese Naval Review. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
Germany
  • Eugen von Knilling died in Munich, Germany. As Prime Minister of Bavaria his declaration of Martial Law in 1923 had led to Adolf Hitler's failed rebellion (the so-called Beer-Hall Putsch). ww2dbase [MĂĽnchen | AC]
23 Oct 1927

Russia
  • Leon Trotsky, already expelled from the Politburo, denounced Joseph Stalin on the floor of the Plenum, publicly accusing Stalin as being the real danger to the Leninist party. He received little support from the other Soviet delegates. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | AC]
24 Oct 1927

Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1927
Japanese battlecruiser Hiei during a fleet exercise south of Oshima Island, south of Tokyo Bay, Japan, 24 Oct 1927
26 Oct 1927

China
  • Jiang Dingwen was named the commanding officer of the Chinese 1st Division. ww2dbase [Jiang Dingwen | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes arrived in Britain. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
27 Oct 1927

China
  • Ding Zhipan was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in the Beiyang Army. ww2dbase [Ding Zhipan | CPC]
30 Oct 1927

Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1927
Devonshire in port, circa Oct 1927
1 Nov 1927

China
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the commanding officer of a provisional battalion of the 15th Infantry Regiment in Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Tianjin | CPC]
10 Nov 1927

China United Kingdom
  • HMS Rodney was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Rodney | CPC]
15 Nov 1927

Japan
  • Chuichi Nagumo was name an instructor at the Japanese naval war college. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Captain Shigeru Kikuno was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Tadashi Kurata was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
16 Nov 1927
  • Saratoga was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Saratoga | CPC]
25 Nov 1927

United States
  • Having observed poor handling of sensitive codes by other officers in his destroyer squadron while he served aboard USS Macdonough, Joseph Rochefort submitted a report noting so and would soon make recommendations to secure communications. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
1 Dec 1927
  • Chiang Kaishek married Song Meiling. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was promoted to the rank of captain and was named an instructor at the Japanese Naval War College. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
  • Captain Tsugiharu Fujioka was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Kesaichi Hitsuda was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1927
Wedding photo of Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling, Shanghai, China, 1 Dec 1927, photo 1 of 2Wedding photo of Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling, Shanghai, China, 1 Dec 1927, photo 2 of 2
2 Dec 1927
  • Captain G. Hopwood was named the commanding officer of HMS Hermes, replacing Captain R. Elliot. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
3 Dec 1927

Japan
10 Dec 1927

China
  • Chiang Kaishek was elected back into power. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | CPC]
14 Dec 1927
17 Dec 1927

China
  • Kenjiro Kinoshita succeeded Hideo Kodama as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Dec 1927
  • Papanikolis was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Papanikolis | CPC]
24 Dec 1927

China
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the executive officer of 15th Infantry Regiment in Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Tianjin | CPC]
25 Dec 1927

Brazil
27 Dec 1927
  • Henry Stimson became the Governor-General of the Philippines. ww2dbase [Henry Stimson | CPC]
29 Dec 1927

United States
  • Lieutenant J. J. Clark piloted a catapult plane launched off the USS Pennsylvania in Long Beach Harbor, California, United States in a demonstration flight with humorist and fellow Oklahoma Cherokee Will Rogers as passenger. ww2dbase [J. J. Clark | Long Beach, California | DS]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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