This Day in History on 27th April

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 27th April. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Independence Day (Togo), celebrates the independence of Togo from France in 1960.
  • Freedom Day (South Africa)

Important Events

1509: Pope Julius II places the Italian state of Venice under interdict.

1521: Battle of Mactan: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.

1667: John Milton, blind and impoverished, sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.

1854: The telegraph service opened to the public, and the first telegram sent from Mumbai to Pune.

1877: The University of Calcutta gave the first approval for eligibility for women in the field of university education.

1908: Fourth Olympic Games began in London.

1960: The National Defence College (NDC) was inaugurated on this day by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India.

1994: South African general election: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The Interim Constitution came into force.

1999: A system was launched in India to launch more than one satellite with a single rocket.

2005: The first demonstration of the Airbus A-380 took place in France.

Birthday / Anniversary

1593: Mumtaz Mahal, the chief consort of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

1791: Samuel Morse, an American inventor, and painter.

1822: Ulysses S. Grant, an American soldier, and politician who served as the 18th president of the United States.

1912: Zohra Sehgal, an Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer.

1920: Manibhai Bhimbhai Desai, an Indian social activist, an associate of Mahatma Gandhi, and a pioneer of rural development.

1949: P. Sathasivam, the 40th Chief Justice of India.

1976: Faisal Saif, Indian director, screenwriter, and critic

Death / Death Anniversary

1521: Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer.

1882: Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet

1960: Rajshekhar Basu, a Bengali writer, chemist, and lexicographer.

1962: A. K. Fazlul Huq, a Bengali statesman, and jurist who served as the first Prime Minister of Bengal and later as the Home Minister of Pakistan.

1972: Kwame Nkrumah, the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana.

1989: Kōnosuke Matsushita, a Japanese industrialist who founded Panasonic, the largest Japanese consumer electronics company.

2002: Ruth Handler, an American businesswoman, and inventor of the Barbie Doll.

2009: Feroz Khan, an Indian actor, film editor, producer, and director.

2017: Vinod Khanna, an Indian actor, film producer, and politician.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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