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This Day in History – April 27

1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli.

1813 – Americans under Gen. Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed.

1860 – Thomas Jackson is assigned to command Harpers Ferry.

1865 – Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is chartered.

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 POW’s on their way home.

1911 – Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the United States Senate.

1937 – 1st US social security payment made.

1942 – Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100, injuring 300.

1946 – 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship.

1950 – “Tickets, Please” opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances.

1956 – Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing.

1961 – NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

1965 – RC Duncan patents “Pampers” disposable diaper.

1972 – NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported.

1978 – Cooling tower collapses at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, West Virginia, kills 51.

1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

1983 – Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509) passing Walter Johnson.

1994 – Former US President Richard Nixon buried in Nixon Library in California.

1997 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

2011 – US President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false “birther” accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate.

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