27th April

Born on this Day 27th April
1791 Samuel Morse
1900 Walter Lantz
1927 Sandy Dennis
1922 Jack Klugman
1944 Michael Fish
1947 Ann Peebles
1959 Sheena Easton
1969 Mica Paris
1969 Darcey Bussell
1987 William Moseley

Died on this Day
1521 Ferdinand Magellan
1882 Ralph Waldo Emerson
1995 Peter Wright

Music

1976 On having his collection of Nazi books confiscated, David Bowie told customs officials at the Russian/Polish border that ‘ the UK could benefit from a fascist leader’.

1989 Deacon Blue played a charity show in Scotland for the Lockerbie Disaster Fund.

Sport

1908 The first annual FA Charity Shield match was played with Manchester United its first winners.

1983 England beat Hungary by 2 goals to 0 in their European Championship qualifying match at Wembley.

1991 Wigan won the Rugby League Challenge Cup for the fourth consecutive time, beating St. Helen’s 13-8 at Wembley.

People & Showbiz

1989 Actress Sondra Locke filed a palimony suit against actor Clint Eastwood after she claimed that he had persuaded her to have 2 abortions during their 10 year relationship.

1992 Labour MP Betty Boothroyd was elected as the first woman speaker of the House of Commons.

General Events

1828 The Zoological Gardens in Regents Park opened.

1937 The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich was opened by King George VI.

1939 Conscription for the Second World War was introduced in Britain.

1968 Legalised abortion came into effect in Britain. This was as a result of the Abortion Act, presented by Liberal MP David Steel

1974 A hundred people were killed when a Soviet airliner crashed in Leningrad.

1988 A Northamptonshire couple who had a baby girl after a failed vasectomy operation were awarded £19,534 to pay for the child’s private education.

2005 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.

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