On This Day in History, April 27

April 27 is National Tell a Story Day. Gather your loved ones together and share fictional and non-fictional stories. Storytelling forges good connections.

Discover many other interesting events of this day in history. Here, take a look!

  • 1810-Ludwig van Beethoven composed “Für Elise”.
  • 1840-Foundation stone for the new Palace of Westminster, London, was laid by Sarah Barry wife of its architect Charles Barry.
  • 1877-Rutherford B. Hayes pulled out Federal troops from Louisiana, marking an end to the reconstruction.
  • 1904-The Australian Labor Party under Prime Minister Chris Watson became the first Labor government in the world.
  • 1943-Witold Pilecki escaped from Auschwitz after having voluntarily been imprisoned there to gain information about the Holocaust.
  • 1960-South Korean President Syngman Rhee resigned after 12 years in power.
  • 1961-Sierra Leone became an independent republic.
  • 1971-Eight members of the Welsh Language Society were accused of conspiring to damage, remove or destroy English language road signs in Wales.
  • 1982-Trial of John Hinckley began for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan.
  • 1986-Soviet authorities ordered the evacuation of the city of Pripyat, 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
  • 1990-Dodger Orel Hershiser underwent career-threatening shoulder surgery.
  • 1992-For the first time in its 700-year history, the British House of Commons was presided over by a female Speaker.
  • 1994-South African citizens of all races were allowed to vote in a general election for the first time.
  • 1994-Former US President Richard Nixon was buried in Nixon Library in California.
  • 2005-The Airbus A380 took to the skies for the first time.
  • 2008-A 73-year-old Austrian, Josef Fritzl, was arrested on suspicion of keeping his daughter locked in a cellar for 24 years, and fathering seven children with her.
  • 2011-President Obama released his long-form birth certificate from the US state of Hawaii in an effort to quell “birther” conspiracy theorists.
  • 2012-After only two months of being in office, Romania’s government fell due to a vote of no-confidence that ousted prime minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu.
  • 2018-Historic Korean summit where North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agreed to officially end the Korean war and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.
  • 2019-Pope Francis donated $500,000 to migrants stranded in Mexico trying to reach the US.

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