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April 27 Birthdays

Ulysses S. Grant
1822–1885, American president, born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

Mary Wollstonecraft
author and feminist (1759)

Samuel F. B. Morse
inventor (1791)

C. Day Lewis
author (1904)

Coretta Scott King
civil-rights leader (1927)

August Wilson
playwright (1945)

April 27 in History


Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines.


The U.S. Marines captured Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.


The worst steamship disaster in the history of the United States occurred when there was an explosion aboard the Sultana; more than 1,400 people were killed.


Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.


Sierra Leone gained independence from Great Britain.


Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record—one that had held since 1927.


Austrian president Kurt Waldheim was barred from entering the United States. He was accused of aiding in the execution of thousands of Jews in World War II.


Eritrea declared itself independent.

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