27 April

27 April

April 27 is the 117th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 248 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 27th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 27th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International guide dog day
  • Freedom day
  • National Prime Rib Day
  • World Tapir Day
  • Morse Code Day
  • National Tell a Story Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – April 27

2005: The Airbus A380 takes to the skies for the first time

The double-deck airliner is the world’s largest commercial jet.

1994: South African citizens of all races are allowed to vote in a general election for the first time

The 1994 general election was held precisely 44 years after Apartheid was formalized by the government with the passing of the Group Areas Act.

1992: For the first time in its 700-year history, the British House of Commons is presided over by a female Speaker

Betty Boothroyd served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992 to 2000.

1961: Sierra Leone becomes an independent republic

The West African country’s first Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, ended over 150 years of British colonial rule.

1810: Ludwig van Beethoven composes “Für Elise”

“Bagatelle No. 25” for solo piano is one of the German composer’s most popular works and one of the most recognized melodies in the history of music.

1979: Two Vietnamese women soldiers with pith helmets and bayonet tipped K-44 rifles (Mosin-Nagant M44) display six Chinese men they captured and took prisoner with their hands tied, from the Chinese PLA 41st and 42nd Army corps, Sino-Vietnamese War, 25 February 1979, Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam

Two Vietnamese women soldiers with pith helmets and bayonet tipped K-44 rifles (Mosin-Nagant M44) display six Chinese men they captured and took prisoner with their hands tied, from the Chinese PLA 41st and 42nd Army corps, Sino-Vietnamese War, 25 February 1979, Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam

1945: US Staff Sergeant Francis Daggertt of the Military Police of the 11th Armored Division with a young Wehrmacht soldier. The German was only 10 years old when captured in the German city of Kronach on April 27, 1945.

US Staff Sergeant Francis Daggertt of the Military Police of the 11th Armored Division with a young Wehrmacht soldier. The German was only 10 years old when captured in the German city of Kronach on April 27, 1945.

1941: Nazi Germany begins occupying Greece in 1941.

1920: Train passengers wearing masks to protect themselves from the Spanish Flu, 1918, 1920.

Train passengers wearing masks to protect themselves from the Spanish Flu, 1918, 1920.

1905: Tigers were brought to Ålesund, Norway for a show in 1905

Tigers were brought to Ålesund, Norway for a show in 1905

1895: This is Louis Chevrolet 1895, who was one of many automobile pioneers who had a background in the cycling industry. He was a successful bicycle racer and owned a bicycle brand before he became one of America’s best-known racing drivers

This is Louis Chevrolet in 1895, who was one of many automobile pioneers who had a background in the cycling industry. He was a successful bicycle racer and owned a bicycle brand before he became one of America’s best-known racing drivers

1810: Ludwig van Beethoven composes “Für Elise” in 1810.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, April 27

1963: Russell T Davies, Welsh screenwriter, producer

1935: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greek director, producer, screenwriter

1822: Ulysses S. Grant, American general, politician, 18th President of the United States

1791: Samuel Morse, American painter, inventor, co-invented the Morse code

1759: Mary Wollstonecraft, English author, philosopher

Lizzo was born

Matt Reeves was born

Corey Harrison was born

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, April 27

1992: Olivier Messiaen, French composer, ornithologist

1972: Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian politician, 1st President of Ghana

1938: Edmund Husserl, Austrian mathematician, philosopher

1896: Henry Parkes, English/Australian politician, 7th Premier of New South Wales

1521: Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer

Ferdinand Magellan died

Kwame Nkrumah died

J. Allen Hynek died


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