What Happened on April 27

Significant Events

  • 1565 1st Spanish settlement in Philippines forms at Cebu City
  • 1865 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.
  • 1904 The Australian Labor Party under Prime Minister Chris Watson becomes the first Labor government in the world
  • 1945 Italian partisans capture Benito Mussolini at Dongo (Lake Como)
  • 2005 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
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Did You Know?

Blind and impoverished, John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10

On April 27, 1667


Would You Believe?

RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper

On April 27, 1965

Famous Weddings

  • 1597 Astronomer Johannes Kepler marries widow Barbara Müller
  • 1862 Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev (28) weds Feozva Nikitichna Leshcheva at Nikolaev Engineering Institute's church in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1981 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]
  • 1985 Police violence victim Rodney King (20) weds Dennetta Lyles
  • 1996 Soap opera actor Lorenzo Lamas (38) weds Playboy model and actress Shauna Sand (24) in Rockland County, New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1927 Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) divorces Beatrice O'Brien after 22 years of marriage
  • 2004 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated
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