On This Day

On This Day in History for April 27 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • 1981 Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse

Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

1982 Trial of John Hinckley begins for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan

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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
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  • 1984 Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana

Historic DiscoveryPripyat: Nuclear Wasteland

1986 Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident

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'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
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  • 1987 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II
  • 1989 Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • 1989 Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • 1989 Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
  • 1990 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held (Mich)
  • 1991 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • 1992 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed
  • 1992 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
  • 1993 Afghan Antonov AN-32 crashes at Tashqurgan, kills 76
  • 1994 29.0°C in Genevad, Sweden (Swedish April high temperature record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Former US President Richard Nixon buried in Nixon Library in California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

  • 1994 Freedom Day: day 2 of South Africa's 1st multi-racial elections and day most voted - some queuing for 10 hours
  • 1996 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
  • 1997 Frank Nobilo wins Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Forest Oaks
  • 2002 The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10
  • 2005 The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • 2006 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City
  • 2007 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • 2011 The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2012 Four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, kill 27 people
  • 2013 10 people are killed and 25 are injured after a bomb attack in Karachi, Pakistan

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

2018 Historic Korean summit, the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end Korean war and rid peninsula of nuclear weapons

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • 2018 Swedish band ABBA announce they have recorded new songs for the first time since 1982

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 German leader Angela Merkel has a 1-day trip to Washington meeting US President Donald Trump

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Mass protests across Spain after 5 men convicted of sexual abuse but not rape of teenage girl during Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona
  • 2018 More than 40 Tuareg killed over two days by suspected jihadists in Menaka region, Mali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Pope Francis donates $500,000 for migrants stranded in Mexico trying to reach the US

  • 2019 Shooter opens fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one and injuring three

Historic DiscoveryCOVID-19

2020 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 pass 3 million with the death toll at 205,000. US has 1/3 of all new cases.

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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