April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining.

  1. 1124 - David I becomes King of Scotland.
  2. 1296 - Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England.
  3. 1521 - Battle of Mactan: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.
  4. 1667 - The blind, impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
  5. 1810 - Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise.
  6. 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
  7. 1865 - The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state's land grant institution.
  8. 1865 - The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,300 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom were Union survivors of the Andersonville Prison.
  9. 1936 - The United Auto Workers (UAW) gains autonomy from the American Federation of Labor.
  10. 1961 - Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister.
  11. 1974 - 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for impeachment of US President Nixon
  12. 1977 - 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  13. 1981 - Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
  14. 2005 - The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus 380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
  15. 2006 - Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.