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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, 1,493,251,200 seconds 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

  • 1509
    Pope Julius II places the Italian state of Venice under interdict.
  • 1578
    Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favourites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
  • 1974
    10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon
  • 2002
    The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
  • 2006
    Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

Who were born on April 27?

  • 1724
    Thomas Gardner, American politician and soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1812
    Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (d. 1883)
  • 1840
    Edward Whymper, English mountaineer (d. 1911)
  • 1939
    Jerry Mercer, Canadian musician
  • 1957
    Willie Upshaw, American baseball player

Who died on April 27?

  • 1702
    Jean Bart, French admiral (b. 1651)
  • 1967
    William Douglas Cook, founder of Eastwoodhill Arboretum and Pukeiti, (New Zealand) (b. 1884)
  • 1969
    René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • 1988
    David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • 1998
    Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)

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