On This Day

What Happened on April 27

Important Events

  • 1565 1st Spanish settlement in the 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.

Apr 27 in Film & TV

  • 2014 "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" late-night talk and news show fronted by John Oliver premieres on HBO

Apr 27 in Music

Apr 27 in Sport

Did You Know?

Blind and impoverished, English poet 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

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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