27 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Samuel F. B. Morse, 1791
  • Herbert Spencer, 1820
  • Ulysses S. Grant, 1822
  • Edward Whymper, 1840
  • Norman Bel Geddes, 1893
  • Rogers Hornsby, 1896
  • Walter Lantz, 1900
  • Cecil Day-Lewis, 1904
  • Jack Klugman, 1922
  • Coretta King, 1927
  • Casey Kasem, 1932
  • Anouk Aimee, 1934
  • Sandy Dennis, 1937
  • August Wilson, 1945
  • Sheena Easton, 1959

Died On This Day:

  • Philip the Bold, 1404
  • Ferdinand Magellan killed, 1521
  • Czar Theodore III, 1682
  • Brig. Gen. Zebulon M. Pike, 1813
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1882
  • Hart Crane, 1932
  • Edward R. Murrow, 1965
  • Kwame Nkrumah, 1972
  • Carlos Castaneda, 1998
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1784 - 'Marriage of Figaro' first performed in Vienna, later transformed by Mozart into opera.
  • 1805 - U.S. Marines capture fort at Derna, Tripoli in battles with Barbary pirates. 'From the halls of...'
  • 1813 - York, Canada, now Toronto, surrendered by British Forces. War of 1812.
  • 1828 - London Zoo opens in Regent's Park
  • 1830 - Simon Bolivar abdicates as president of Colombia.
  • 1865 - Mississippi steamboat 'Sultana' blows up near Memphis; 1547 dead (more than Titanic!)
  • 1880 - The hearing aid patented by Francis D. Clarke and M.G. Foster.
  • 1938 - Royal wedding in Albania -Geraldine Apponyi is first woman of American descent to become a queen.
  • 1950 - Almost two years after State of Israel proclaimed, Britain finally recognizes it.
  • 1968 - Abortions are now legal in England as Abortion Act passes into law.
  • 1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan of Houston Astros strikes out 3,509th batter; passes Walter Johnson's record.
  • 2005 - European airliner Airbus 380, the world's largest seating 550, makes maiden flight over Toulouse.
  • 2014 - 800,000 gather in St. Peter's Square Rome to see Pope Francis canonize late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Peter Canisius
  • Toribio of Lima
  • Maughold
  • Zita

Holiday:

  • Sierra Leone Independence Day. (1961), Togo (1960)
  • Revolution Day in Afghanistan
  • Founding of the 2nd Austrian Republic (1945)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
  • PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
  • GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the veral equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches;
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
  • NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
  • BAISAKHI (in India) or VOISHU (in Kerala) or BOHAG BIHU (in Assam) - (Hindu New Year Festival)
  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • MAHAVIR JAYANTI, Indian festival celebrating birth of Lord Mahavira, celebrated early April
  • AKSHAYA TRITIYA, Hindu Festival, celebrated late April
  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - begins first Sunday in April - clocks forward
  • Arbor Day - last Friday in April

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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