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On This Day: April 27th

This is 117th day of the year and 248 days remain in the year.

in history
1521
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines.
1805
The U.S. Marines captured Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
1865
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.
1961
Sierra Leone gained independence from Great Britain.
1983
Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record—one that had held since 1927.
1987
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.
1993
Eritrea declared itself independent.
April 27 BirthdaysUlysses S. Grant1822–1885, American president, born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
Samuel F. B. Morseinventor
Coretta Scott Kingcivil-rights leader
August Wilsonplaywright
Mary Wollstonecraftauthor and feminist
C. Day Lewisauthor



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