On This Day

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 Washington, D.C. to NYC
  • Apr 11 Chilean general 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 Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, 3-1 for a 2-0-2 series win
  • 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

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 18 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:40:22.2; his 5th victory in the event

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 19 "Vagabond King" opens in London

Millions Come Up to See Mae WestMillions Come Up to See Mae West

Apr 19 Actress Mae West found guilty of “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” in a New York stage play entitled "Sex". She is sentenced to 10 days in prison and fined $500, the resulting publicity launches her Hollywood career.
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Mae West at the height of her career
Mae West at the height of her career
  • 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) 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 1 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder (19 caps) and coach (Penn State), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Apr 2 Billy Pierce, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star x 7; World Series 1945; AL wins leader 1957; MLB ERA leader 1955; AL strikeout leader; 1953; Chicago White Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Apr 2 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward (Hungary 85 caps, Spain 4; Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • Apr 3 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 3 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • Apr 5 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), born in London (d. 2013)
  • Apr 6 David Ingram, Vice-Chancellor (University of Kent at Canterbury)
  • Apr 6 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 7 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), born in Ajido, Lagos (d. 2003)
  • Apr 8 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 10 Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Jewish-American biochemist and geneticist (Nobel 1968), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Apr 10 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • Apr 11 Domenico Guaccero, Italian composer, born in Palo de Colle, Italy (d. 1984)
  • Apr 12 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder
  • Apr 13 Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, British politician, born in London (d. 2012)
  • Apr 13 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), born in Nice, France (d. 1983)
  • Apr 13 Joyce Plesters, British conservation scientist, born in Studley, Warwickshire (d. 1996)
  • Apr 13 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • Apr 14 Dany Robin, French actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Jupiter, Julietta), born in Clamart, France (d. 1995)
  • Apr 15 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi (d. 1995)
  • Apr 15 Robert Mills, American physicist (quantum field theory), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Apr 16 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), born in Kingston, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Apr 16 Peter Mark Richman, American actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestBenedict XVI

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, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 18 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 1st Prime Minister of Poland (1989-90), born in Płock, Poland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 18 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), born in Newcastle, New South Wales (d. 2000)

Person of interestSamuel P. Huntington

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, American singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana (d. 1961)
  • Apr 20 Karl Alexander Müller, Swiss superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987), born in Basel. Switzerland
  • Apr 21 Robert Brustein, American dean, Yale School of Drama), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1989)
  • Apr 22 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music , born in Cuba (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • Apr 24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mamer, Luxembourg (d. 1992)
  • Apr 24 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, born in Fondi, Latina, Italy (d. 1996)
  • Apr 25 Ernst Widmer, Swiss-Brazilian composer, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1990)

Person of interestAlbert Uderzo

Apr 25 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix comic books), born in Fismes, Marne, France (d. 2020)

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Cartoonist
Albert Uderzo
  • Apr 25 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), born in El Franco, Spain (d. 2009)
  • Apr 26 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), born in London, England (d. 2007)
  • Apr 26 Jack Douglas, English comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1989)
  • Apr 26 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), born in Oakland, California (d. 2019)
  • Apr 27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Heiberger, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • Apr 27 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)

Person of interestSheila Scott

Apr 27 Sheila Scott, English aviator (completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman), born in Worcester, Worcestershire (d. 1988)

Aviator Sheila Scott
Aviator
Sheila Scott
  • Apr 27 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), born in Hajduki, Poland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 28 Garry [Garfield Howard] Weston, English industrial billionaire (Twinings Tea)
  • Apr 29 Betsy Ancker-Johnson, American physicist and auto company executive, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 29 Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic silver 1948)
  • Apr 29 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • Apr 30 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathelete (Olympic gold 1952), born in Karlskrona, Sweden (d. 1991)

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, British noble (8th Earl of Darnley) and cricketer (Lord Darnley England capt v Australia 1882-83), dies at 68
  • Apr 10 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), dies at 46
  • Apr 15 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
  • Apr 15 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58