Sunday, April 27, 2014


April 27
1296Edward I defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar.
1509Pope Julius II excommunicates the Italian state of Venice.
1565The first Spanish settlement in Philippines is established in Cebu City.
1773British Parliament passes the Tea Act.
1746King George II wins the battle of Culloden.
1813American forces capture York (present-day Toronto), the seat of government in Ontario.
1861President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
1861West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from the Union.
1863The Army of the Potomac begins marching on Chancellorsville.
1865The Sultana, a steam-powered riverboat, catches fire and burns after one of its boilers explodes. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers–mostly former Union POWs–are killed.
1909The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, is overthrown.
1937German bombers of the Condor Legion devastate Guernica, Spain.
1941The Greek army capitulates to the invading Germans.
1950South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.
1961The United Kingdom grants Sierra Leone independence.
1975Saigon is encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978The Afghanistan revolution begins.
1989Protesting students take over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
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