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Births on this Day
  • 1820-04-27 - Herbert Spencer: Derby, England -- Victorian philosopher (Social Statics)
  • 1828-04-27 - Gerben Colmjon: Dutch Frisian linguist / publisher
  • 1824-04-27 - William Richard Bexfield: Composer
  • 1840-04-27 - Edward Whymper: 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865)
  • 1861-04-27 - Georgy L'vovich Catoire: Composer
  • 1861-04-27 - Johan M Skjoldborg: Danish writer (Dynaes-Digte)
  • 1865-04-27 - Emile Erens: Dutch Hagiographer (Pastor of Ars)
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1764-04-27 - Jaime de Casellas: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1813-04-27 - Zebulon M Pike: US explorer (Pike's Peak), dies in battle at 34
  • 1871-04-27 - Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg: Composer, dies at 59
  • 1872-04-27 - Ion Heliade-Radulescu: Romanian politician / author, dies at 70
  • 1881-04-27 - Ludwig A Benedek: Austrian General, dies at 76
  • 1882-04-27 - Ralph Waldo Emerson: US Poet (Representive Men)
  • 1972-04-27 - Phil King: Rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
 

Events on this Day
  • 1662-04-27 - Netherlands and France sign military covenant
  • 1694-04-27 - Frederik August I "the Strong" becomes Monarch of Saksen
  • 1773-04-27 - British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)
  • 1805-04-27 - US Marines attack shores of Tripoli
  • 1813-04-27 - Americans under General Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed
  • 1828-04-27 - Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens
  • 1909-04-27 - Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown
 

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