Tuesday, April 27th
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On April 27, 1947, "Babe Ruth Day" at Yankee Stadium was held to honor the ailing baseball star. (Go to article.)
On April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States and commander of the Union armies during the American Civil War , was born. Following his death on July 23, 1885, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
On April 27, 1867, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about house hunting and Moving Day. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1509 Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.
1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Philippines.
1805 During the first Barbary War, a force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
1822 Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
1865 The steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 Union prisoners of war.
1896 Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby was born in Winters, Texas.
1965 Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow died at age 57.
1972 Apollo 16 returned to Earth after a manned voyage to the moon.
1987 The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
1992 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the Republic of Serbia and its lone ally, Montenegro.
1992 Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
2006 Construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
2009 General Motors announced plans to cut 21,000 hourly jobs and scrap the Pontiac brand.
Chris Carpenter turns 35 years old today.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter turns 35 years old today.
88 Jack Klugman
Actor ("The Odd Couple," "Quincy")
78 Casey Kasem
62 Kate Pierson
Rock singer (B-52s)
59 Ace Frehley
Rock musician (Kiss)
56 Herm Edwards
51 Sheena Easton
Ulysses S. Grant
4/27/1822 - 7/23/1885
18th president of the United States (1869-77) and Civil War general
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49 Claude Gillot
4/27/1673 - 5/4/1722
French painter, engraver and theatrical designer
74 Nikolay Novikov
4/27/1744 - 7/31/1818
Russian writer, philanthropist and social critic
38 Mary Wollstonecraft
4/27/1759 - 9/10/1797
English writer and women's rights advocate
81 Samuel Morse
4/27/1791 - 4/2/1872
American painter and developer of the telegraph
83 Herbert Spencer
4/27/1820 - 12/8/1903
English sociologist and philosopher
71 Edward Whymper
4/27/1840 - 9/16/1911
English artist and mountaineer; first man to climb the Matterhorn
67 Rogers Hornsby
4/27/1896 - 1/5/1963
American professional baseball player
41 Wallace Hume Carothers
4/27/1896 - 4/29/1937
American chemist; developed nylon
95 Walter Lantz
4/27/1899 - 3/22/1994
American film animator; creator of "Woody Woodpecker"
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