- Cornell University (Ithaca NY) is chartered
- Steamboat "SS Sultana" explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.
About April 27, 1865
Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 157 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No
Star Sign: Taurus