April 27 in Pop Culture History

April 27 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

April 27 History Highlights

  • 1861 – American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
  • 1967 – Expo 67 officially opened in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1992 – The Russian Federation and 12 other former Soviet republics joined the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  • 2006 – Construction began on the Freedom Tower (now One World Trade Center) in New York City.
  • If you were born on April 27th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… August 4th (prior year)

Arbor Day Is The Last Friday In April

Arbor Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in April and was founded by J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872. The customary observance is to plant a tree. National Arbor Day is a civic holiday solely in Nebraska with other states choosing their own dates for Arbor Day observance. This day commemorates tree planting actions to commemorate healthier outdoor air quality, a greener environment, increased rainfall levels as well as decreased erosion rates for suburban and rural subdivisions among other benefits).

On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

April 27 is…

Babe Ruth Day
Freedom Day (in South Africa)
Little Pampered Dog Day
Morse Code Day
Prime Rib Day
Tell a Story Day

April 27 Birthday Quotes

“The beginning is always today.”
– Mary Wollstonecraft

“Just about anybody is a big girl in a small world but you gotta believe it on the inside, that you can be bigger than the rest of it.”
– Lizzo

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”
– Coretta Scott King

“Living in the midst of abundance we have the greatest difficulty in seeing that the supply of natural wealth is limited and that the constant increase of population is destined to reduce the American standard of living unless we deal more sanely with our resources.”
– Wallace Carothers

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”
– Tom Petty

April 27 Birthdays

1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft, English philosopher, historian, and novelist (died in 1797)
1791 – Samuel Morse, American painter and inventor, co-invented the Morse code (died in 1872)
1822 – Ulysses S. Grant, American general and politician, 18th President of the United States (died in 1885)
1894 – George Petty, American painter and illustrator (died in 1975)
1896 – Wallace Carothers, American chemist, inventor of nylon (died in 1937)
1899 – Walter Lantz, American animator and producer (died in 1994)
1922 – Jack Klugman, American actor (died in 2012)
1927 – Coretta Scott King, African-American activist and author (died in 2006)
1937 – Sandy Dennis, American actress (died in 1992)
1951 – Ace Frehley, American guitarist and songwriter. Space/Ace, The Spaceman
1959 – Sheena Easton, Scottish-American singer-songwriter
1963 – Russell T Davies, Welsh screenwriter and producer
1986 – Jenna Coleman, English actress
1988 – Lizzo, American singer and rapper

April 27 History

4977 BC – The Universe was created, according to Johannes Kepler.

1667 – Blind writer John Milton sold his copyright to Paradise Lost for 10 pounds. He needed the money because he was penniless at the time.

1865 – SS Sultana explosion, Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee, killing 1800 people.

1871 -The American Museum of Natural History opened in New York City.

1887 – George Thomas Morton performed the first US operation to remove an appendix, called an appendectomy.

1936 – The United Auto Workers (UAW) gained autonomy from the American Federation of Labor.

1956 – Rocky Marciano retired as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1963 – #1 Hit April 27, 1963 – May 17, 1963: Little Peggy March – I Will Follow Him

1967 – Expo 67 officially opened in Montreal, Canada

1970 – The discovery of Hahnium (Ha), element 105, or Dubnium (Db) was announced at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, DC. The work was done by Albert Ghiorso at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, California.

1990Spaced Invaders and Wild Orchid were released in theaters.

April 27, 1985 (fiction) RIP Jason Todd was killed by The Joker, Batman #427, DC Comics

April 27, 1987 Birthday (fictional) Rose Tyler, Doctor Who, TV

1991 – #1 Hit April 27, 1991 – May 10, 1991: Amy Grant – Baby Baby

1992 – Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

1995Village of the Damned and Top Dog debuted in theaters.

2002 – The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972.

April 28, 2003 – The Apple iPod (3rd generation) was released.

2013 – #1 Hit April 27, 2013 – May 17, 2013: Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me a Reason

2014 – Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints by the Catholic Church.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

If you took a 24-hour clock and put it on the North Pole, the hour hand wouldn’t turn.

“Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.” – Steven Wright

“Hey Look! It’s Enrico Pallazzo!” #moviequotes

“Tomorrow I shall no longer be here” – Nostradamus #LastWords

Useless Pronunciation: E as in effort

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” #songlyrics

In Iron Man/Avengers/MCU, J.A.R.V.I.S is an acronym for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.”

Pixar’s UP was the first-ever animated film or 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival.

A group of Seabirds is called a Wreck.

Chicago (the musical) was based on a play based on the real cases of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner.

A mathematician stumbles home drunk at 3 a.m.
…and his wife is livid. “You SWORE that you’d be home by 11:45!” “No,” slurs the mathematician… “I said I’d be home by a quarter of 12.”

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