India sets a world record by sending 10 satellites into orbit in a single launch.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), CWC treaty enters into force.
murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace
Wednesday, April 27, 1994
The Dominican embassy siege ends with all hostages released and the guerrillas flying to Cuba.
Afghanistan President Daoud Khan is killed during a military coup Nur Mohammed Taraki succeeds him.
Wednesday, April 27, 1977
Expo 67 opens to the public, with over 310,000 people attending. Al Carter from Chicago is the first visitor as noted by Expo officials.
Montreal, Quebec, Expo 67, a World's Fair to coincide with the Canadian Confederation centennial, officially opens with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson igniting the Expo Flame in the Place des Nations.
Wednesday, April 27, 1966
Wednesday, April 27, 1960
Several Soviet surface-to-air missiles shoot down an American Lockheed U-2 spy plane. Its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, of the Central Intelligence Agency is captured.
In India, May 1
is declared as 'Maharashtra Divas', i.e., Maharashtra Day
(also celebrated as 'Kaamgaar Divas', i.e., Workers Day).
National People's Congress elects Liu Shaoqi as Chairman of the People's Republic of China, as a successor of Mao Zedong.
Heavyweight boxing chion Rocky Marciano
retires without losing a professional boxing match.
Wednesday, April 27, 1949
British Commonwealth of Nations renamed The Commonwealth.
: Derby County beat Charlton Athletic in the first FA Cup
final since the end of the war
The Jewish Star of David is required wearing for all Jews in the Netherlands and Belgium. Other Jews in Nazi countries have been wearing it for longer.
Orson Welles' film "Citizen Kane" premieres in New York City.
The first Defense Bonds and Defense Savings Sts go on sale in the United States, to help fund the greatly increased production of military equipment.
WWII: German troops enter Athens
FA Cup Sheffield Wednesday beat West Bromwich Albion 4–2 at Wembley
A group of Alawites
kill some Christian nuns in Syria
French troops march against them.
WWI ndash Battle of Hulluch
: The 47th Brigade, 16th Irish Division is decimated in one of the most heavily concentrated German gas attacks of the war.
Wednesday, April 27, 1904
The Australian Labor Party becomes the first such party to gain national government, under Chris Watson.
Grant's Tomb is dedicated in New York.
Wednesday, April 27, 1870
West Virginia secedes from Virginia.
President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in the United States.
The Mississippi River levee at Sauvé's Crevasse breaks, flooding much of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Giuseppe Garibaldi enters Rome to defend it from the French troops of General Oudinot.
The May Uprising in Dresden (the last of the German revolutions of 1848) begins.
May ndash The Second Carlist War ends in Spain.
War of 1812 ndash Battle of York: United States troops raid, destroy, but do not hold the capital of Ontario, York (present day Toronto, Ontario).
Wednesday, April 27, 1796
Case of the Lyon
s Mail: During the night of April 27
, 5 highwaymen attack the mail between Paris
, kill the postmen, and steal the funds sent to the armies in Italy
The first official performance of George Frideric Handel
's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" finishes early due to the outbreak of fire.
Wednesday, April 27, 1667
The blind, impoverished, 58-year-old John Milton
sells the copyright of his epic poem "Paradise Lost
" to London publisher Samuel Simmons
for an initial payment of £5.Equivalent to approximately £7,400 income in 2008.
Wednesday, April 27, 1650
Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army invades mainland Scotland from the Orkney Islands but is defeated by a Covenanter army.
King Charles I flees from Oxford.
Johannes Kepler marries Barbara Muhleck.
June ndash Tycho Brahe is not allowed to make observations from The Watermill Tower, and he is not allowed to perform chemical experiments at his house in Farvergade.
Thursday, April 17, 1578 (Julianian calendar)
The Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favorites of Henry III of France and two favourites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
Tuesday, April 17, 1565 (Julianian calendar)
(originally named San Miguel) is established by López de Legazpi, becoming the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.
Thursday, April 17, 1522 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, April 17, 1521 (Julianian calendar)
Magellan is killed in the Philippines, in the Battle of Mactan.
Tuesday, April 17, 1509 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, April 18, 1423 (Julianian calendar)
Hussite Wars ndash Battle of Horic: The Taborites decisively beat the Utraquists.
Friday, April 20, 1296 (Julianian calendar)
Jalal ud din Firuz Khilji dies and Ala-Ud-Din-Khilji comes to the throne of the Delhi Sultanate in Hindustan.
Wednesday, April 20, 1289 (Julianian calendar)
Prince Subaru of Japan
conquers the province of Saitama.
Saturday, April 20, 1241 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Sajo: The Mongols defeat Bela IV of Hungary.
Early summer ndash A succession crises or other priorities results in the Mongols withdrawing behind their river barrier into the Ukraine and the Russia's, leaving Central Asian and far Eastern Europe peoples tributary to the Khanates, but leaving Poland and Hungary to begin recovery and reorganization.
Sunday, April 20, 1124 (Julianian calendar)
David I succeeds Alexander I to become King of Scotland.
Monday, April 20, 1103 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, April 24, 678 (Julianian calendar)
Japanese Emperor Temmu holds divination for the purpose of proceeding to the Abstinence-palace.
Thursday, April 26, 395 (Julianian calendar)
The Goths, led by Alaric I, invade and devastate Thrace and Macedonia, impose a tribute on Athens, and then turn their sights on the West. Arcadius unable to defeat them, gives Alaric control of the Balkans, and grant him the position of "magister militum" in Illyricum.
Arcadius marries Aelia Eudoxia, daughter of the Frankish general Flavius Bauto. His 3-year-old half-sister, Galla Placidia, is send to Rome where she spent her childhood in the household of Stilicho and his wife Serena.
leader of the "foederati
", renounces Roman fealty and is declared king, waging war against both parts of the Roman Empire, and ending a 16-year period of peace.