What Happened in April 1927

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master's Voice
  • Apr 3 Interstate Commerce Comm transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone
  • Apr 5 Johnny Weissmuller set records in 100 & 200 m free style
  • Apr 7 Using phone lines TV is sent from Wash DC to NYC
  • Apr 9 Italy & US anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti given death sentences
  • Apr 11 Chilean gen Carlos Ibáñez names himself president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, in 2 games & 2 ties
  • Apr 14 The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 15 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 15 Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • Apr 17 Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
  • Apr 18 Chiang Kai-shek forms anti-government in China
  • Apr 19 "Vagabond King" opens in London
  • Apr 19 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:40:22.2
  • Apr 22 1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E
  • Apr 25 Spain routes 20,000 soldiers to Morocco (uprising Rifkabylen)
  • Apr 27 Carabineros de Chile (Chilean national police force and gendarmery) are created.
  • Apr 29 Construction of Spirit of St Louis (the monoplane which Charles Lindburgh was to fly across the Atlantic) is completed
  • Apr 30 Princess Juliana gets seat in Dutch Council of State

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • Apr 2 Billy Pierce, pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star
  • Apr 2 Carmen Basilio, American boxer, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 3 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Bob Stump, (Rep-R-AZ, 1977- )
  • Apr 5 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (L), born in London (d. 2013)
  • Apr 6 David Ingram, Vice-Chancellor (University of Kent at Canterbury)
  • Apr 6 Gerry Mulligan, British saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)
  • Apr 7 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 11 Domenico Guaccero, composer
  • Apr 12 Jane Withers, Ga, actress (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber)
  • Apr 12 Patrick Meehan, petty criminal
  • Apr 13 Lord Wedderburn of Charlton, QC, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 13 Mari Blanchard, actress (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 13 Maurice Ronet, Nice France, actor (Frantic, Sphinz, Circle of Love)
  • Apr 13 Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist
  • Apr 14 Dany Robin, actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Jupiter, Julietta)
  • Apr 14 Gloria Jean, actress (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 15 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi
  • Apr 15 Robert Mills, American physicist (d. 1999)
  • Apr 16 Peter Mark Richman, actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 16 Pope Benedict XVI [Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger], Catholic Pope (2005-2013), born in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 17 Christopher Whelen, composer
  • Apr 18 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier of Poland (1989-90)
  • Apr 18 Jim De Courcy, cricketer (in Newcastle Australian batsman 1953)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 18 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • Apr 19 Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen)
  • Apr 20 Karl Muller, Switzerland, superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • Apr 21 Robert Brustein, dean, Yale School of Drama), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 Gerald Flood, British actor (d. 1989)
  • Apr 22 Pascal Bentoiu, composer
  • Apr 22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Russell Smith, composer
  • Apr 24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Apr 24 Pasqualino de Santis, cinematographer
  • Apr 24 Patrick Bowles, writer/translator
  • Apr 25 Ernst Widmer, composer
  • Apr 25 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist
  • Apr 26 Anne McLaren, biologist/zoologist/actress (Things to Come)
  • Apr 26 Jack Douglas, comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show)
  • Apr 27 Connie Kay, jazz drummer
  • Apr 27 Coretta Scott King, Marion Ala, civil rights leader
  • Apr 27 John Joseph Moakley, (Rep-D-Massachusetts, 1973- )
  • Apr 27 Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (d. 1988)
  • Apr 27 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • Apr 28 Garfield Weston, English industrial/billionaire (Twinings Tea)
  • Apr 29 Betsy Ancker-Johnson, physicist/auto company exec
  • Apr 29 Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic-silver-1948)
  • Apr 30 Lars Hall, Sweden, Pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1952)

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 23 Mary Barbara Hamilton (25,)best-selling British romantic author, marries 1st husband Alexander McQorquodale

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 27 Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) divorces Beatrice O'Brien after 22 years of marriage

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 10 Ivo Bligh, cricketer (8th Earl of Darnley, 4 Tests 1882-83), dies
  • Apr 15 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
  • Apr 15 Gaston Leroux, French writer (b. 1868)