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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

  • 1539
    Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.
  • 1865
    The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state’s land grant institution.
  • 1953
    Operation Moolah is initiated by General Mark W. Clark against Communist pilots.
  • 1959
    The last Canadian missionary leaves the People’s Republic of China.
  • 1992
    Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

Who were born on April 27?

  • 1894
    Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-born musicologist and composer (d. 1995)
  • 1952
    Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver
  • 1957
    Michel Barrette, Canadian actor and stand-up comedian
  • 1983
    Ari Graynor, American actress
  • 1989
    Lars Bender and Sven Bender, German footballers (Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund)

Who died on April 27?

  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer (b. 1480)
  • 1656
    Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter (b. 1596)
  • 2002
    George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)

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