Krakatau erupts on this day in history, August 27, 1883
1883: On this day in history in 1883, Krakatau, a small island nation near Indonesia, blew it self to parts with the most devastating and powerful volcanic eruption in history.
Other Events on August 27th:
1953: Audrey Hepburn debuts in her first starring role as "Roman Holiday" premiered in New York.
1962: The US launched Mariner 2, a space probe which ended up flying past Venus in the same year.
2007: NFL Quarterback, Michael Vick, pleaded guilty to a federal charge for dog fighting.
2008: Obama was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention.
2013: Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan, who shot 13 people in Fort Hood Texas 4 years earlier, ended his case by not presenting evidence during the trial's penalty phase. The man was later sentenced to death.