On This Day..... April 27

APRIL 27TH

  • TODAY IS ARBOR DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE
  • TODAY IS HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DEVIL DOG DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PRIME RIB DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • SAMUEL MORSE (1791-1872)
  • ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885)
  • JACK KLUGMAN (1922-2012)
  • CORETTA SCOTT KING (1927-2006)
  • CASEY KASEM (1932-2014)
  • CUBA GOODING (1944-2017)
  • AUGUST WILSON (1945-2005)
  • ACE FREHLEY (1951, 67)
  • SHEENA EASTON (1959, 59)
  • GRANT SHOW (1963, 55)
  • CORY BOOKER (1969, 49)
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  • SALLY HAWKINS (1976, 42)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1521, FERDINAND MAGELLAN DIES FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED THREE DAYS EARLIER WHILE FIGHTING IN THE PHILLIPINES
  • IN 1773, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PASSES THE TEA ACT WHICH WOULD LEAD TO THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
  • IN 1810, BEETHOVEN COMPOSES THE “FUR ELISE”
  • IN 1838, A FIRE DESTROYS HALF OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
  • IN 1861, PRESIDENT LINCOLN SUSPENDS THE WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
  • IN 1861, WEST VIRGINIA SECEDES FROM VIRGINIA IN REACTION TO VIRGINIA SECEDING FROM THE UNION
  • IN 1865, ITHICA NEW YORK CHARTERS CORNELL UNIVERSITY
  • IN 1865, THE BOILERS EXPLODE ON THE STEAMBOAT SULTANA NEAR MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. THE BOAT HAD A CAPACITY OF 376, BUT WAS CARRYING 2,155 PEOPLE WHICH INCLUDED 2,000 CIVIL WAR PRISONERS. THE 1,547 DEATHS MAKE IT THE WORST MARITIME DISASTER IN US HISTORY
  • IN 1877, RECONSTRUCTION OFFICIALLY COMES TO AN END AS PRESIDENT HAYES CALLS BACK THE FINAL TROOPS FROM LOUISIANA
  • IN 1882, RALPH WALDO EMERSON DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 78
  • IN 1897, GRANT’S TOMB IS DEDICATED
  • IN 1908, THE FOURTH OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN LONDON
  • IN 1937, THE FIRST SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT IS MADE
  • IN 1940, HIMMLER ORDERS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AUSCHWITZ
  • IN 1941, GERMANY OCCUPIES ATHENS, GREECE
  • IN 1945, BENITO MUSSOLINI IS CAPTURED AT LAKE COMO
  • IN 1945, THE VOLKISCHER BEOBACHTER, THE NAZI PARTY OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER CLOSES
  • IN 1947, YANKEE STADIUM CELEBRATES THE INAUGURAL BABE RUTH DAY
  • IN 1956, ROCKY MARCIANO RETIRES UNDEFEATED FROM BOXING
  • IN 1959, MAO ZEDONG RESIGNS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY AFTER THE FAILURE OF THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD
  • IN 1961, THE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN CANTON, OHIO IS RECOGNIZED BY THE NFL
  • IN 1963, CUBAN PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO TRAVELS TO MOSCOW
  • IN 1963, LITTLE PEGGY MARCH HIT #1 WITH “I WILL FOLLOW HIM”
  • IN 1965, EDWARD R. MURROW DIES AT 57
  • IN 1972, APOLLO 16 RETURNS TO EARTH
  • IN 1974, PAN AM FLIGHT 707 CRASHES INTO A MOUNTAIN IN BALI
  • IN 1979, GEORGE HARRISON RELEASES “LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE”
  • IN 1981, PAUL MCCARTNEY DISBANDS WINGS
  • IN 1981, RINGO STARR MARRIES BARBARA BACH
  • IN 1982, THE ASSASSINATION TRIAL OF JOHN HINKLEY JR. BEGINS
  • IN 1985, USA FOR AFRICA WENT TO #1 WITH “WE ARE THE WORLD”
  • IN 1989, BEIJING STUDENTS TAKE OVER TIENANMEN SQUARE IN PROTEST
  • IN 1990, MICHIGAN HOLDS THE 50TH ANNUAL BARBERSHOP QUARTET SINGING CONVENTION
  • IN 1994, RICHARD NIXON IS BURIED AT THE NIXON LIBRARY IN CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1996, OLYMPIC CHAMPION GYMNASTS NADIA COMANECI AND BART CONNOR MARRY IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
  • IN 1996, SEAN PENN AND ROBIN WRIGHT MARRY IN SANTA MONICA, CA
  • IN 2003, MADONNA WENT TO #1 WITH “AMERICAN LIFE”
  • IN 2004, HALLE BERRY DIVORCES HER SECOND HUSBAND ERIC BENET OVER CLAIMS THAT HE IS A SEX ADDICT
  • IN 2011, PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASES A COPY OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Obama Birth Certificate
  • IN 2014, ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES “PROBLEM” FEATURING IGGY AZALEA

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