ArchiveToday in history – August 27Bryan Schott·August 27, 2020·Last updated:May 4, 2021 Share 1776 – Battle of Long Island: In what is now Brooklyn, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington. 1859 – The first successful oil well in the U.S. was drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania. 1883 – The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history destroyed the island of Krakatoa, a small, uninhabited island west of Sumatra in Indonesia. 1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by fifteen nations. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it.