Friday, April 27. Almost May, already. Can’t believe it.
Here’s what happened today in history:
1667 – The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield: A British invasion force engages and defeats Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars at Ridgefield, Connecticut.
1805 – First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The “shores of Tripoli” part of the Marines’ hymn).
1810 – Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise.
1813 – War of 1812: United States troops capture the capital of Upper Canada in the Battle of York (present day Toronto, Canada).
1861 – President of the United States Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
1865 – The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state‘s land grant institution.
1865 – The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.
1911 – Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate.
1945 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.
1974 – 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon
1978 – Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.
1987 – The U.S. Department of Justice bars the Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
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.
2011 – A record 208 tornadoes touched down killing 346 people in the worst recorded outbreak in U.S. history. See April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak.
1791 – Samuel F. B. Morse, American inventor (d. 1872)
1822 – Ulysses S. Grant, American Civil War general and 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)
1922 – Jack Klugman, American actor
1937 – Sandy Dennis, American actress (d. 1992)
1951 – Ace Frehley, American musician (Kiss)
1952 – Larry Elder, American political commentator
1959 – Sheena Easton, Scottish singer
1521 – Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer (b. 1480)
1882 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist (b. 1803)