April 27th

2011
More than 120 tornadoes raked the South and Midwest, resulting in 316 deaths across parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.
Kentucky
2006
Construction began on a 1,776-foot building on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
One World Trade Center
2005
The Airbus A380 takes to the skies for the first time. The double-deck airliner is the world's largest commercial jet.
Airbus A380
1994
South African citizens of all races are allowed to vote in a general election for the first time. The 1994 general election was held precisely 44 years after Apartheid was formalized by the government with the passing of the Group Areas Act.
South African general election, 1994
1993
Eritrea declared itself independent.
Eritrean War of Independence
1992
For the first time in its 700-year history, the British House of Commons is presided over by a female Speaker. Betty Boothroyd served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992 to 2000.
Speaker of the British House of Commons election, 1992
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.
World Jewish Congress
1983
Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record—one that had held since 1927.
Walter Johnson
1982
John W. Hinckley Jr. went on trial in Washington, D.C., in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan. (He was acquitted by reason of insanity.).
John Hinckley Jr.
1972
Apollo 16 returned to Earth after a manned voyage to the moon.
Apollo 16
1965
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow died at age 57.
Edward R. Murrow
1961
Sierra Leone becomes an independent republic. The West African country's first Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, ended over 150 years of British colonial rule.
Republic of Sierra Leone
1956
Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.
Rocky Marciano
1947
'Babe Ruth Day' was held at Yankee Stadium to honor the ailing baseball star.
1949 in baseball
1945
Italian partisans capture Benito Mussolini at Dongo (Lake Como).
Death of Benito Mussolini
1904
The Australian Labor Party under Chris Watson becomes the first Labour government in the world.
History of the Australian Labor Party
1896
Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby was born in Winters, Texas.
Rogers Hornsby
1865
Steamboat "SS Sultana" explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.
Sultana (steamboat)
1810
Ludwig van Beethoven composes “Für Elise”. “Bagatelle No. 25” for solo piano is one of the German composer's most popular works and one of the most recognized melodies in the history of music.
Für Elise
1805
The U.S. Marines captured Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
Battle of Derna (1805)
1565
1st Spanish settlement in Philippines, Cebu City, forms.
Cebu City
1521
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines.
Ferdinand Magellan