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What are the important events that happened on April 27? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 27: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 27 is the 117th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 248 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 14, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 414,792 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectadecaheptagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 298 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,588 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 27 Historical Events

  • 1840
    Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
  • 1914
    Honduras becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1977
    28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • 1993
    All members of the Zambia national football team lose their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon in route to Dakar, Senegal to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Senegal.
  • 1994
    South African general election, 1994: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The Interim Constitution comes into force.

Who were born on April 27?

  • 1878
    Frank Alvin Gotch, American professional wrestler (d. 1917)
  • 1894
    Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-born musicologist and composer (d. 1995)
  • 1920
    James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (d. 2010)
  • 1986
    Dinara Safina, Russian tennis player
  • 1989
    Lars Bender and Sven Bender, German footballers (Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund)

Who died on April 27?

  • 630
    King Ardashir III of Persia
  • 1702
    Jean Bart, French admiral (b. 1651)
  • 1915
    Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1969
    René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)

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