What happened on April 27? There are more than 280 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 27

April 27 In HistoryApril 27 is the 117th day of the year 2021. There are 248 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 17th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Gordonsville, Tennessee 38563 sunrise occured at 05:54 AM and sunset occured at 07:28 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 280 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For April 27

  • 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.
  • 1296
    Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England.
  • 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.
  • 1539
    Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), 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.
  • 1650
    The Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army invades mainland Scotland from Orkney Island but is defeated by a Covenanter army.
  • 1667
    The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
  • 1749
    First performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks in Green Park, London.
  • 1773
    The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
  • 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 (The “shores of Tripoli” part of the Marines’ hymn).
  • 1810
    Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise.
  • 1813
    War of 1812: United States troops capture the capital of Upper Canada in the Battle of York (present day Toronto, Canada).
  • 1840
    Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
  • 1861
    President of the United States Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
  • 1865
    The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state’s land grant institution.
  • 1865
    The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.
  • 1904
    The Australian Labor Party becomes the first such party to gain national government, under Chris Watson.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    Honduras becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1927
    Carabineros de Chile (Chilean national police force and gendarmery) are created.
  • 1936
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) 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 (also known as “National Democrats”) and a group of progressive intellectuals establish the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People.
  • 1945
    World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.
  • 1945
    World War II: German troops are finally expelled from Finnish Lapland.
  • 1950
    Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races.
  • 1953
    Operation Moolah is initiated by General Mark W. Clark against Communist pilots.
  • 1959
    The last Canadian missionary leaves the People’s Republic of China.
  • 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, Canada with a large opening ceremony broadcast around the world. It opens to the public the next day.
  • 1974
    10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon
  • 1977
    28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • 1978
    Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.
  • 1981
    Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
  • 1987
    The U.S. Department of Justice bars the Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
  • 1992
    Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
  • 1992
    Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  • 1992
    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed.
  • 1993
    All members of the Zambia national football team lose their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon in route to Dakar, Senegal to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Senegal.
  • 1994
    South African general election, 1994: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The Interim Constitution comes into force.
  • 1996
    The 1996 Lebanon war ends.
  • 2002
    The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
  • 2005
    The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
  • 2006
    Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 2007
    Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • 2011
    The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.

Who Were Born On April 27?

  • 1623
    Johann Adam Reinken, German organist (d. 1722)
  • 1650
    Queen Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (d. 1714)
  • 1701
    King Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (d. 1773)
  • 1718
    Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (d. 1790)
  • 1724
    Thomas Gardner, American politician and soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1737
    Edward Gibbon, English historian (d. 1794)
  • 1748
    Adamantios Korais, Greek humanist scholar (d. 1833)
  • 1755
    Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (d. 1836)
  • 1759
    Mary Wollstonecraft, English author and feminist (d. 1797)
  • 1791
    Samuel F. B. Morse, American inventor (d. 1872)
  • 1806
    Queen Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies (d. 1878)
  • 1812
    Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (d. 1883)
  • 1812
    William W. Snow, American politician (d. 1886)
  • 1820
    Herbert Spencer, English philosopher (d. 1903)
  • 1822
    Ulysses S. Grant, American Civil War general and 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)
  • 1840
    Edward Whymper, English mountaineer (d. 1911)
  • 1848
    King Otto I of Bavaria (d. 1916)
  • 1850
    Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (d. 1921)
  • 1853
    Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist (d. 1914)
  • 1857
    Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian artist (d. 1914)
  • 1862
    Rudolph Schildkraut, Turkish-born American actor (d. 1930)
  • 1878
    Frank Alvin Gotch, American professional wrestler (d. 1917)
  • 1888
    Florence La Badie, Canadian actress (d. 1917)
  • 1893
    Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • 1893
    Draža Mihailović, Serbian-born Yugoslav military commander (d. 1946)
  • 1894
    George Petty, American pin-up artist (d. 1975)
  • 1894
    Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-born musicologist and composer (d. 1995)
  • 1896
    Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player (d. 1963)
  • 1896
    Sir William Hudson, New-Zealand-Australian head of construction for the Snowy Mountains Scheme (d. 1978)
  • 1899
    Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (d. 1994)
  • 1903
    Horace Stoneham, American baseball team owner (d. 1990)
  • 1904
    Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer (d. 1972)
  • 1904
    Nikos Zachariadis, Greek politician (d. 1973)
  • 1906
    Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (d. 1966)
  • 1910
    Chiang Ching-kuo, Chinese-born Taiwanese politician; son of Chiang Kai-shek (d. 1988)
  • 1911
    Bruno Beger, German anthropologist (d. 2009)
  • 1912
    Zohra Segal, Indian stage and film actress
  • 1913
    Luz Long, German athlete (d. 1943)
  • 1913
    Philip Hauge Abelson, American physicist (d. 2004)
  • 1916
    Enos Slaughter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    Sten Rudholm, Swedish jurist (d. 2008)
  • 1920
    Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (d. 1956)
  • 1920
    James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Mark Krasnosel’skii, Ukrainian-born Soviet mathematician (d. 1997)
  • 1921
    John Stott, British theologian and clergyman
  • 1922
    Jack Klugman, American actor
  • 1922
    Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer and Holocaust survivor
  • 1927
    Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist; widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. (d. 2006)
  • 1927
    Joe Moakley, American politician (d. 2001)
  • 1927
    Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (d. 1988)
  • 1931
    Igor Oistrakh, Ukrainian violinist
  • 1932
    Anouk Aimée, French actress
  • 1932
    Casey Kasem, American actor and radio personality
  • 1932
    Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)
  • 1932
    Pik Botha, South African politician
  • 1935
    Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greek filmmaker and screenwriter
  • 1936
    Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer
  • 1937
    Robin Eames, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1937
    Sandy Dennis, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1938
    Alain Caron, French-Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1938
    Earl Anthony, American bowler (d. 2001)
  • 1939
    Jerry Mercer, Canadian musician
  • 1939
    Judy Carne, British actress and comedian
  • 1939
    Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish Cardinal
  • 1941
    Jennings Michael Burch, American author
  • 1941
    Lee Roy Jordan, American football player
  • 1941
    Pat Choate, American economist
  • 1942
    Jim Keltner, American drummer
  • 1943
    Helmut Marko, Austrian racing driver
  • 1944
    Cuba Gooding, Sr., American musician (The Main Ingredient)
  • 1944
    Herb Pedersen, American musician
  • 1944
    Michael Fish, British meteorologist
  • 1945
    August Wilson, American dramatist (d. 2005)
  • 1945
    Helen Hodgman, Australian novelist
  • 1947
    Ann Peebles, American singer
  • 1947
    George Kenneth Butterfield, American politician
  • 1947
    Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2003)
  • 1947
    Pete Ham, Welsh singer and songwriter (Badfinger) (d. 1975)
  • 1948
    Amrit Bohra, Nepalese politician
  • 1948
    Frank William Abagnale, Jr., American con artist
  • 1948
    Kate Pierson, American singer (The B-52's)
  • 1949
    Grant Chapman, Australian politician
  • 1951
    Ace Frehley, American musician (Kiss)
  • 1952
    Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver
  • 1952
    George Gervin, American basketball player
  • 1952
    Larry Elder, American political commentator
  • 1953
    Arielle Dombasle, French singer and actress
  • 1954
    Herman Edwards, American pro football player and coach
  • 1956
    Bryan Harvey, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1956
    Douglas P., English musician (Death in June, Crisis)
  • 1957
    Adrian Utley, English musician (Portishead)
  • 1957
    Eric Bristow, English darts player
  • 1957
    Michel Barrette, Canadian actor and stand-up comedian
  • 1957
    Rosanna Scotto, American news anchor
  • 1957
    Willie Upshaw, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Louis Lortie, French Canadian concert pianist
  • 1959
    Neil Pearson, British actor
  • 1959
    Sheena Easton, Scottish singer
  • 1960
    Mike Krushelnyski, Montreal ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Andy Schlafly, American attorney, political activist and founder of Conservapedia
  • 1962
    Ángel Comizzo, Argentine footballer
  • 1962
    Im Sang-soo, South Korean film director and screenwriter
  • 1962
    James LeGros, American actor
  • 1963
    Cali Timmins, Canadian actress
  • 1963
    Russell T Davies, Welsh television writer
  • 1963
    Ruth Glick (aka Rebecca York), US writer.
  • 1964
    Lisa Wilcox, American actress
  • 1964
    Michael Mahonen, Canadian actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1966
    Matt Reeves, American film writer, director and producer
  • 1967
    Aki Avni, Israeli entertainer
  • 1967
    Erik Thomson, Australian actor
  • 1967
    Jason Whitlock, American sportswriter
  • 1967
    Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician
  • 1967
    Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, Dutch royal
  • 1968
    Dana Milbank, American reporter and columnist
  • 1969
    Cory Booker, American politician
  • 1969
    Darcey Bussell, British ballerina
  • 1969
    Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer
  • 1969
    Mica Paris, British singer and presenter
  • 1970
    Kylie Travis, English actress and model
  • 1971
    Tess Daly, British television presenter
  • 1972
    David Lascher, American actor
  • 1972
    Maura West, American actress
  • 1972
    Mehmet Kurtuluş, German/Turkish actor
  • 1972
    Nigel Barker, English fashion photographer
  • 1973
    Andre Gower, American actor
  • 1973
    Duško Adamović, Serbian footballer
  • 1973
    Sébastien Lareau, French/Canadian tennis player
  • 1974
    Frank Catalanotto, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Johnny Devine, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Richard Johnson, Australian footballer
  • 1975
    Chris Carpenter, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Pedro Feliz, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975
    Rabih Abdullah, American pro football player
  • 1976
    Faisal Saif, Indian filmmaker
  • 1976
    Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer
  • 1976
    Olaf Tufte, Norwegian rower
  • 1976
    Sally Hawkins, English film actress
  • 1976
    Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977
    Khalid Zoubaa, French runner
  • 1979
    Natasha Chokljat, Australian netballer
  • 1979
    Will Boyd, American musician
  • 1980
    Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver
  • 1980
    Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980
    Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1980
    Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist
  • 1981
    Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese singer
  • 1981
    Joey Gathright, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer
  • 1982
    Alexander Widiker, German rugby player
  • 1982
    Katrina Johnson, American actress
  • 1983
    Ari Graynor, American actress
  • 1984
    Daniel Holdsworth, Australian rugby player
  • 1984
    Patrick Stump, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • 1984
    Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Júnior, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Dinara Safina, Russian tennis player
  • 1986
    Elena Risteska, Macedonian singer
  • 1987
    Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater
  • 1987
    Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Canadian actress
  • 1987
    Taylor Chorney, American ice hockey player
  • 1987
    William Moseley, British actor
  • 1988
    Kris Thackray, British footballer
  • 1988
    Semyon Varlamov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    Emily Rios, American actress
  • 1989
    Lars Bender and Sven Bender, German footballers (Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund)
  • 1990
    Martin Kelly, English footballer (Liverpool FC)
  • 1991
    Jennifer Braun, German singer
  • 1992
    Allison Iraheta, American singer
  • 1994
    Elmo Magalona, Filipino singer and actor

Who Died On April 27?

  • 630
    King Ardashir III of Persia
  • 1272
    Zita, Roman Catholic Saint (b.1212)
  • 1404
    Philip II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1342)
  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer (b. 1480)
  • 1530
    Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (b. 1458)
  • 1599
    Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (b. 1538)
  • 1605
    Pope Leo XI (b. 1535)
  • 1613
    Robert Abercromby, Scottish Jesuit (b. 1532)
  • 1625
    Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior (b. 1553)
  • 1656
    Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter (b. 1596)
  • 1694
    John George IV, Elector of Saxony (b. 1668)
  • 1695
    John Trenchard, English statesman (b. 1640)
  • 1702
    Jean Bart, French admiral (b. 1651)
  • 1782
    William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (b. 1710)
  • 1813
    Zebulon Pike, American frontiersman and explorer (b. 1779)
  • 1873
    William Charles Macready, English actor (b. 1793)
  • 1882
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist (b. 1803)
  • 1896
    Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation (b. 1815)
  • 1915
    Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1921
    Arthur Mold, English cricketer (b. 1863)
  • 1932
    Hart Crane, American writer (b. 1899)
  • 1936
    Karl Pearson, English statistician (b. 1857)
  • 1937
    Antonio Gramsci, Italian Communist writer and politician (b. 1891)
  • 1941
    Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)
  • 1952
    Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician (b. 1865)
  • 1961
    Roy Del Ruth, American film director (b. 1893)
  • 1962
    A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)
  • 1965
    Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (b. 1908)
  • 1967
    William Douglas Cook, founder of Eastwoodhill Arboretum and Pukeiti, (New Zealand) (b. 1884)
  • 1969
    René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • 1970
    Arthur Shields, Irish actor (b. 1896)
  • 1972
    Kwame Nkrumah, leader of Ghana (b. 1909)
  • 1973
    Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1977
    Stanley Adams, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1988
    David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • 1988
    Fred Bear, American bow-hunter (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • 1992
    Gerard K. O'Neill, American physicist (b. 1927)
  • 1992
    Olivier Messiaen, French composer (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 1996
    William Colby, American director of the Central Intelligence Agency (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Browning Ross, American long-distance running Olympian (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born writer (b. 1925)
  • 1998
    Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • 1998
    John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • 1999
    Al Hirt, American trumpeter (b. 1922)
  • 1999
    Rolf Landauer, American physicist and electrical engineer (b. 1927)
  • 2000
    Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (b. 1954)
  • 2002
    Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • 2002
    Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Julia Thorne, ex-wife of John Kerry (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Marios Tokas, Cypriot songwriter (b. 1954)
  • 2009
    Feroz Khan, Indian actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009
    Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • 2009
    Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • 2011
    Marian Mercer, American actress (b. 1935)

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