On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Ludwig van Beethoven composes one of his famous piano pieces, “Fur Elise.”
At 31, heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano retires. He remains the only heavyweight fighter to retire undefeated.
South Africa holds its first multiracial elections, with more than 22 million citizens voting. Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wins by a landslide.
After much controversy, President Obama releases his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii in an effort to quell "Birther" conspiracy theories.
Babe Ruth Day is held at Yankee Stadium to honor the legendary baseball icon.
Pitcher Nolan Ryan breaks Walter Johnson’s career record of 3,508 strikeouts. He retires in 1993 with an impressive 5,714.
Born on This Day
Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Anti-War Activist, Writer / 1927 - 2006
Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist and the wife of 1960s civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Born: April 27, 1927
Birthplace: Marion, Alabama, United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist, ...
1923 | 89 years old
Educator, Philosopher, Scholar, Women's Rights Activist, Journalist / 1759 - 1797
Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer who advocated for women's equality. Her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman pressed for educational reforms.
1759 | 38 years old
Educator, Philosopher, Scholar, ...
Born: April 27, 1922
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
1948 | 65 years old
1822 | 63 years old
General, U.S. President
Died on This Day
Died: April 27, 1882
Age: 78 years old
Place: Concord, Massachusetts , United States
Occupation: Philosopher, Journalist, Poet
1521 | 41 years old
1972 | 62 years old
World Leader, Prime Minister
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