27 March, 1625: James VI of Scotland, I of England (above), died. King of Scotland from 1567 and England from 1603, he had strong views on the divine right of kings, the Bible (Authorised King James version), John Donne (did not understand him), and tobacco ('A branch of the sin of drunkenness, which is the root of all sins').
1770: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Venetian Rococo painter, died.
1794: US navy was formed.
1871: First rugby international. Scotland defeated England.
1964: UN peace force took over in Cyprus.
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