Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - April 27th

1976 - Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer, cellist and composer

1963 - Cali Timmins, Canadian actress

1947 - Ann Peebles, American singer

1939 - Judy Carne, British actress and comedian

1932 - Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)

1922 - Jack Klugman, American actor

1904 - Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer (d. 1972)

1888 - Florence La Badie, Canadian actress (d. 1917)

1812 - Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (d. 1883)

1701 - King Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (d. 1773)

Died on this day - April 27th

2000 - Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (b. 1954)

1992 - Olivier Messiaen, French composer (b. 1908)

1952 - Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician (b. 1865)

1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist (b. 1803)

1694 - John George IV, Elector of Saxony (b. 1668)

1599 - Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (b. 1538)

Events on this day - April 27th

1986 - Captain Midnight (John R. MacDougall) hijacks HBO's satellite and transmits his own message to HBO viewers.

1960 - Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship.

1945 - The Völkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the Nazi Party, ceases publication.

1909 - Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown, and is succeeded by his brother, Murat V.

1865 - The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,300 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom were Union survivors of the Andersonville Prison.

1805 - First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The "shores of Tripoli" part of the Marines' hymn).

1521 - Battle of Mactan: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.



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