On this day in history March 27, 1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system.
1985 – Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1988 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1989 – The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.
1993 – In China, Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin was appointed President.
1997 – Russian workers, nearly 2 million, held a nationwide strike to protest unpaid wages.
1997 – In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides.
1998 – In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.
1998 – Top civilian aircraft makers in France, Spain, Germany and Britain agreed to create single European aerospace and defense company.