April 27 Events
33 BC - Lucius Marcius Philippus, step-brother to the future emperor Augustus, celebrates a triumph for his victories while serving as governor in one of the provinces of Hispania. 395 - Emperor Arcadius marries Aelia Eudoxia, daughter of the Frankish general Flavius Bauto. She becomes one of the more powerful Roman empresses of Late Antiquity. 629 - Shahrbaraz is crowned as king of the Sasanian Empire. 711 - Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. 1296 - First War of Scottish Independence: John Balliol's Scottish army is defeated by an English army commanded by John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey at the Battle of Dunbar. 1509 - Pope Julius II places the Italian state of Venice under interdict. 1521 - Battle of Mactan: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu. 1522 - Combined forces of Spain and the Papal States defeat a French and Venetian army at the Battle of Bicocca. 1539 - Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada, by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar. 1565 - Cebu is established becoming the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. 1578 - Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favourites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise. 1595 - The relics of Saint Sava are incinerated in Belgrade on the Vračar plateau by Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha; the site of the incineration is now the location of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. 1650 - The Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army from Orkney invades mainland Scotland but is defeated by a Covenanter army. 1667 - Blind and impoverished, John Milton sells Paradise Lost to a printer for £10, so that it could be entered into the Stationers' Register. 1777 - American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield: A British invasion force engages and defeats Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars at Ridgefield, Connecticut. 1805 - First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna. 1813 - War of 1812: American troops capture York, the capital of Upper Canada, in the Battle of York. 1861 - American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus. 1865 - The Sultana explodes and sinks in the United States' worst maritime disaster. 1865 - The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state's land grant institution. 1906 - The State Duma of the Russian Empire meets for the first time. 1909 - Sultan of Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II is overthrown, and is succeeded by his brother, Mehmed V. 1911 - Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate. 1927 - Carabineros de Chile are created. 1936 - The United Auto Workers gains autonomy from the American Federation of Labor. 1941 - World War II: German troops enter Athens. 1941 - World War II: The Communist Party of Slovenia, the Slovene Christian Socialists, the left-wing Slovene Sokols and a group of progressive intellectuals establish the Liberation Front of the Slovene Nation. 1945 - World War II: The last German formations withdraw from Finland to Norway. The Lapland War and thus, World War II in Finland, comes to an end and the Raising the Flag on the Three-Country Cairn photograph is taken. 1945 - World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier. 1953 - Operation Moolah offers $50,000 to any pilot who defected with a fully mission-capable Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 to South Korea. The first pilot was to receive $100,000. 1960 - Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship. 1961 - Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister. 1967 - Expo 67 officially opens in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with a large opening ceremony broadcast around the world. It opens to the public the next day. 1974 - Ten thousand march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon. 1978 - Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes. 1978 - The Saur Revolution begins in Afghanistan, ending the following morning with the murder of Afghan President Mohammed Daoud Khan and the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. 1981 - Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse. 1986 - The city of Pripyat and surrounding areas are evacuated due to Chernobyl disaster. 1987 - The U.S. Department of Justice bars Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the US, charging that he had aided in the deportations and executions of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II. 1989 - The April 27 demonstrations, student-led protests responding to the April 26 Editorial, during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. 1992 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed. 1992 - Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history. 1992 - The Russian Federation and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. 1993 - Most of the Zambia national football team lose their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon en route to Dakar, Senegal to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Senegal. 1994 - South African general election: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The Interim Constitution comes into force. 2005 - Airbus A380 aircraft had its maiden test flight. 2006 - Construction begins on the Freedom Tower in New York City. 2007 - Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia. 2007 - Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem. 2011 - The 2011 Super Outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more. 2012 - At least four explosions hit the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured. 2018 - The Panmunjom Declaration is signed between North and South Korea, officially declaring their intentions to end the Korean conflict. Births 85 BC - Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, Roman politician and general 1468 - Frederick Jagiellon, Primate of Poland 1564 - Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland 1556 - François Béroalde de Verville, French writer 1593 - Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal empress buried at the Taj Mahal 1650 - Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, Queen Consort of Denmark 1654 - Charles Blount, English deist and philosopher 1701 - Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia 1718 - Thomas Lewis, Irish-born American surveyor and lawyer 1748 - Adamantios Korais, Greek-French philosopher and scholar 1755 - Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician and theorist 1759 - Mary Wollstonecraft, English philosopher, historian, and novelist 1788 - Charles Robert Cockerell, English architect, archaeologist, and writer 1791 - Samuel Morse, American painter and inventor, co-invented the Morse code 1812 - William W. Snow, American lawyer and politician 1812 - Friedrich von Flotow, German composer 1820 - Herbert Spencer, English biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and philosopher 1822 - Ulysses S. Grant, American general and politician, 18th President of the United States 1840 - Edward Whymper, English-French mountaineer, explorer, author, and illustrator 1848 - Otto of Bavaria 1850 - Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general and politician 1853 - Jules Lemaître, French playwright and critic 1857 - Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian painter and illustrator 1861 - William Arms Fisher, American composer and music historian 1866 - Maurice Raoul-Duval, French polo player 1875 - Frederick Fane, Irish-born, English cricketer 1880 - Mihkel Lüdig, Estonian organist, composer, and conductor 1882 - Jessie Redmon Fauset, American author and poet 1887 - Warren Wood, American golfer 1888 - Florence La Badie, Canadian actress 1891 - Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor 1893 - Draža Mihailović, Serbian general 1893 - Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, coach, and manager 1894 - George Petty, American painter and illustrator 1894 - Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor 1896 - Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player, coach, and manager 1896 - William Hudson, New Zealand-Australian engineer 1896 - Wallace Carothers, American chemist and inventor of nylon 1898 - Ludwig Bemelmans, Italian-American author and illustrator 1899 - Walter Lantz, American animator, producer, screenwriter, and actor 1900 - August Koern, Estonian politician and diplomat, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs in exile 1902 - Tiemoko Garan Kouyaté, Malian educator and activist 1904 - Cecil Day-Lewis, Anglo-Irish poet and author 1904 - Nikos Zachariadis, Greek politician 1905 - John Kuck, American javelin thrower and shot putter 1906 - Yiorgos Theotokas, Greek author and playwright 1910 - Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese politician, 3rd President of the Republic of China 1911 - Bruno Beger, German anthropologist and ethnologist 1911 - Chris Berger, Dutch sprinter and footballer 1912 - Jacques de Bourbon-Busset, French author and politician 1912 - Zohra Sehgal, Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer 1913 - Philip Abelson, American physicist and author 1913 - Irving Adler, American mathematician, author, and academic 1913 - Luz Long, German long jumper and soldier 1916 - Robert Hugh McWilliams, Jr., American sergeant, lawyer, and judge 1916 - Enos Slaughter, American baseball player and manager 1917 - Roman Matsov, Estonian violinist, pianist, and conductor 1918 - Sten Rudholm, Swedish lawyer and jurist 1920 - Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor 1920 - Mark Krasnosel'skii, Ukrainian mathematician and academic 1920 - James Robert Mann, American colonel, lawyer, and politician 1920 - Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet and translator 1921 - Robert Dhéry, French actor, director, and screenwriter 1922 - Jack Klugman, American actor 1922 - Sheila Scott, English nurse and pilot 1923 - Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, Seminole chief 1924 - Vernon B. Romney, American lawyer and politician, 14th Attorney General of Utah 1925 - Derek Chinnery, English broadcaster 1926 - Tim LaHaye, American minister, activist, and author 1926 - Basil A. Paterson, American lawyer and politician, 59th Secretary of State of New York 1926 - Alan Reynolds, English painter and educator 1927 - Coretta Scott King, African-American activist and author 1927 - Joe Moakley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician 1929 - Nina Ponomaryova, Russian discus thrower and coach 1931 - Igor Oistrakh, Ukrainian violinist and educator 1932 - Anouk Aimée, French actress 1932 - Pik Botha, South African lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 8th South African Ambassador to the United States 1932 - Casey Kasem, American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, and voice actor; co-created American Top 40 1932 - Chuck Knox, American football coach 1932 - Derek Minter, English motorcycle racer 1932 - Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-American mathematician and philosopher 1933 - Peter Imbert, Baron Imbert, English police officer and politician, Lord Lieutenant for Greater London 1935 - Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greek director, producer, and screenwriter 1935 - Ron Morris, American pole vaulter and coach 1936 - Geoffrey Shovelton, English singer and illustrator 1937 - Sandy Dennis, American actress 1937 - Robin Eames, Irish Anglican archbishop 1937 - Richard Perham, English biologist and academic 1938 - Earl Anthony, American bowler and sportscaster 1938 - Alain Caron, Canadian ice hockey player 1939 - Judy Carne, English actress and comedian 1939 - Stanisław Dziwisz, Polish cardinal 1941 - Fethullah Gülen, Turkish preacher and theologian 1941 - Dilip Kumar Chakrabarti, Indian archaeologist 1941 - Lee Roy Jordan, American football player 1942 - Ruth Glick, American author 1942 - Jim Keltner, American drummer 1943 - Helmut Marko, Austrian race car driver and manager 1944 - Michael Fish, English meteorologist and journalist 1944 - Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer 1944 - Herb Pedersen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1945 - Martin Chivers, English footballer and manager 1945 - Jack Deverell, English general 1945 - Helen Hodgman, Scottish-Australian author 1945 - Terry Willesee, Australian journalist and television host 1945 - August Wilson, American author and playwright 1946 - Franz Roth, German footballer 1947 - G. K. Butterfield, African-American soldier, lawyer, and politician 1947 - Nick Greiner, Hungarian-Australian politician, 37th Premier of New South Wales 1947 - Pete Ham, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist 1947 - Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach 1947 - Ann Peebles, American soul singer-songwriter 1948 - Frank Abagnale Jr., American security consultant and criminal 1948 - Josef Hickersberger, Austrian footballer, coach, and manager 1948 - Kate Pierson, American singer-songwriter and bass player 1949 - Grant Chapman, Australian businessman and politician 1950 - Jaime Fresnedi, Filipino politician 1950 - Paul Lockyer, Australian journalist 1951 - Ace Frehley, American guitarist and songwriter 1952 - Larry Elder, American lawyer and talk show host 1952 - George Gervin, American basketball player 1952 - Ari Vatanen, Finnish race car driver and politician 1953 - Arielle Dombasle, French-American actress and model 1954 - Frank Bainimarama, Fijian commander and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Fiji 1954 - Herman Edwards, American football player, coach, and sportscaster 1954 - Mark Holden, Australian singer, actor, and lawyer 1955 - Gudrun Berend, German hurdler 1955 - Eric Schmidt, American engineer and businessman 1956 - Bryan Harvey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1956 - Jeff Probyn, English rugby player, coach, and manager 1957 - Willie Upshaw, American baseball player and manager 1959 - Sheena Easton, Scottish-American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer 1959 - Marco Pirroni, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer 1960 - Mike Krushelnyski, Canadian ice hockey player and coach 1961 - Andrew Schlafly, American lawyer and activist, founded Conservapedia 1962 - Ángel Comizzo, Argentinian footballer and manager 1962 - Seppo Räty, Finnish javelin thrower and coach 1962 - Im Sang-soo, South Korean director and screenwriter 1962 - Andrew Selous, English soldier and politician 1963 - Russell T Davies, Welsh screenwriter and producer 1965 - Anna Chancellor, English actress 1966 - Peter McIntyre, Australian cricketer 1966 - Yoshihiro Togashi, Japanese illustrator 1967 - Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands 1967 - Tommy Smith, Scottish saxophonist, composer, and educator 1967 - Erik Thomson, Scottish-New Zealand actor 1967 - Jason Whitlock, American football player and journalist 1968 - Dana Milbank, American journalist and author 1969 - Cory Booker, African-American lawyer and politician 1969 - Darcey Bussell, English ballerina 1971 - Olari Elts, Estonian conductor 1972 - Nigel Barker, English photographer and author 1972 - Almedin Civa, Bosnian footballer and coach 1973 - Duško Adamović, Serbian footballer 1973 - Sharlee D'Angelo, Swedish bass player and songwriter 1973 - Sébastien Lareau, Canadian tennis player 1974 - Frank Catalanotto, American baseball player 1974 - Richard Johnson, Australian footballer 1975 - Rabih Abdullah, American football player 1975 - Chris Carpenter, American baseball player and manager 1975 - Pedro Feliz, Dominican baseball player 1975 - Kazuyoshi Funaki, Japanese ski jumper 1976 - Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter and cellist 1976 - Sally Hawkins, English actress 1976 - Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer 1976 - Faisal Saif, Indian director, screenwriter, and critic 1979 - Will Boyd, American bass player 1979 - Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player 1979 - Vladimir Kozlov, Ukrainian wrestler 1980 - Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player 1980 - Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist 1980 - Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer 1981 - Joey Gathright, American baseball player 1981 - Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer 1982 - François Parisien, Canadian cyclist 1982 - Alexander Widiker, German rugby player 1983 - Ari Graynor, American actress and producer 1983 - Martin Viiask, Estonian basketball player 1984 - Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player 1984 - Daniel Holdsworth, Australian rugby league player 1984 - Patrick Stump, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer 1985 - José António de Miranda da Silva Júnior, Brazilian footballer 1985 - Meselech Melkamu, Ethiopian runner 1986 - Jenna Coleman, English actress 1986 - Hayley Mulheron, Scottish netball player 1986 - Dinara Safina, Russian tennis player 1987 - Taylor Chorney, American ice hockey player 1987 - Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater 1987 - William Moseley, English actor 1987 - Wang Feifei, Chinese singer and actress 1988 - Joeri Dequevy, Belgian footballer 1988 - Kris Thackray, English footballer 1988 - Semyon Varlamov, Russian ice hockey player 1988 - Lizzo, American singer and rapper 1989 - Lars Bender, German footballer 1989 - Sven Bender, German footballer 1989 - Tim Glasby, Australian rugby league player 1989 - Dmytro Kozban, Ukrainian footballer 1990 - Trude Raad, Norwegian deaf track and field athlete 1991 - Isaac Cuenca, Spanish footballer 1991 - Eric Fukusaki, Peruvian singer 1991 - Lara Gut, Swiss skier 1992 - Keenan Allen, American football player 1994 - Corey Seager, American baseball player 1995 - Nick Kyrgios, Australian tennis player 1997 - Josh Onomah, English footballer Deaths 630 - Ardashir III of Persia 1160 - Rudolf I, Count of Bregenz 1272 - Zita, Italian saint 1321 - Nicolò Albertini, Italian cardinal statesman 1353 - Simeon of Moscow, Grand Prince of Moscow and Vladimir 1403 - Maria of Bosnia, Countess of Helfenstein 1404 - Philip II, Duke of Burgundy 1463 - Isidore of Kiev 1521 - Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese sailor and explorer 1599 - Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general 1605 - Pope Leo XI 1607 - Edward Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell, Governor of Lecale 1613 - Robert Abercromby, Scottish priest and missionary 1656 - Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter and illustrator 1694 - John George IV, Elector of Saxony 1695 - John Trenchard, English politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department 1702 - Jean Bart, French admiral 1782 - William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician, Lord Steward of the Household 1813 - Zebulon Pike, American general and explorer 1873 - William Macready, English actor and manager 1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher 1893 - John Ballance, Irish-born New Zealand journalist and politician, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand 1896 - Henry Parkes, English-Australian businessman and politician, 7th Premier of New South Wales 1915 - John Labatt, Canadian businessman 1915 - Alexander Scriabin, Russian pianist and composer 1932 - Hart Crane, American poet 1936 - Karl Pearson, English mathematician and academic 1937 - Antonio Gramsci, Italian sociologist, linguist, and politician 1938 - Edmund Husserl, Czech mathematician and philosopher 1952 - Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician and statistician 1961 - Roy Del Ruth, American director, producer, and screenwriter 1962 - A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bangladeshi-Pakistani lawyer and politician, Pakistani Minister of the Interior 1965 - Edward R. Murrow, American journalist 1967 - William Douglas Cook, New Zealand farmer, founded the Eastwoodhill Arboretum 1969 - René Barrientos, Bolivian soldier, pilot, and politician, 55th President of Bolivia 1970 - Arthur Shields, Irish rebel and actor 1972 - Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian politician, 1st President of Ghana 1973 - Carlos Menditeguy, Argentinian race car driver and polo player 1977 - Stanley Adams, American actor and screenwriter 1988 - Fred Bear, American hunter and author 1989 - Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese businessman, founded Panasonic 1992 - Olivier Messiaen, French organist and composer 1992 - Gerard K. O'Neill, American physicist and astronomer 1995 - Katherine DeMille, Canadian-American actress 1995 - Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch author, poet, and playwright 1996 - William Colby, American diplomat, 10th Director of Central Intelligence 1996 - Gilles Grangier, French director and screenwriter 1998 - John Bassett, Canadian journalist and politician 1998 - Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author 1998 - Anne Desclos, French journalist and author 1998 - Browning Ross, American runner and soldier 1999 - Al Hirt, American trumpet player and bandleader 1999 - Dale C. Thomson, Canadian historian, author, and academic 1999 - Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer 2002 - George Alec Effinger, American author 2002 - Ruth Handler, American inventor and businesswoman, created the Barbie doll 2005 - Red Horner, Canadian ice hockey player 2006 - Julia Thorne, American author 2007 - Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor 2009 - Frankie Manning, American dancer and choreographer 2009 - Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean model and actress 2009 - Feroz Khan, Indian Actor, Film Director & Producer 2011 - Marian Mercer, American actress and singer 2012 - Daniel E. Boatwright, American soldier and politician 2012 - Bill Skowron, American baseball player 2013 - Aída Bortnik, Argentinian screenwriter 2013 - Lorraine Copeland, Scottish archaeologist 2013 - Antonio Díaz Jurado, Spanish footballer 2013 - Jérôme Louis Heldring, Dutch journalist and author 2013 - Aloysius Jin Luxian, Chinese bishop 2013 - Mutula Kilonzo, Kenyan lawyer and politician, Kenyan Minister of Justice 2014 - Yigal Arnon, Israeli lawyer 2014 - Vujadin Boškov, Serbian footballer, coach, and manager 2014 - Daniel Colchico, American football player and coach 2014 - Harry Firth, Australian race car driver and manager 2015 - Gene Fullmer, American boxer 2015 - Verne Gagne, American football player, wrestler, and trainer 2015 - Alexander Rich, American biologist, biophysicist, and academic 2017 - Vinod Khanna, Indian actor, producer and politician 2017 - Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler Holidays and observances Christian feast days: *Anthimus of Nicomedia *Assicus *Floribert of Liège *John of Constantinople *Liberalis of Treviso *Pollio *Rafael Arnáiz Barón *Virgin of Montserrat *Zita *April 27 Day of Russian Parliamentarism Day of the Uprising Against the Occupying Forces Flag Day Freedom Day *UnFreedom Day Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sierra Leone from United Kingdom in 1961. Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Togo from France in 1960. King's Day National Veterans' Day
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