ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ APRIL 27
1908 - 4th modern Olympic games opens in London.
1911 - Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate.
1931 - 100°F (38°C), Pahala, Hawaii (state record).
1933 - Karl Jansky reports reception of cosmic radio signal in Wash DC.
1937 - 1st US social security payment made.
1938 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I Hadn’t Anyone ’til You" with Jack Leonard as vocalist.
1940 - Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
1941 - German troops occupy Athens Greece.
1942 - Belgium Jews are forced to wear stars.
1942 - Tornado destroys Pryor Oklahoma killing 100, injuring 300.
1945 - Italian partisans capture Benito Mussolini prisoner.
1946 - 1st radar installation aboard a comercial ship installed.
1947 - Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US.
1950 - "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances.
1953 - Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek".
1956 - Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing.
1961 - NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays.
1961 - NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
1964 - John Lennon's "In His Own Write," a collection of funny poems and drawings, was published in the U.S.
1967 - Expo '67 opens in Montreal.
1968 - Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" is released.
1969 - Glen Campbell and Dionne Warwick are guests on Jose Feliciano's TV special.
1971 - The final episode of "Green Acres" airs.
1972 - Apollo 16 returns to Earth.
1972 - NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported.
1973 - Opryland opens in Nashville, TN.
1978 - Accident at nuclear reactor Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51.
1979 - George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone."
1980 - Studio 54 in New York shut down on its third anniversary of its opening.
1981 - Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach are married in London.
1981 - Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
1982 - Trial of John W Hinckley Jr attempted assassin of Reagan, begins.
1983 - Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson.
1984 - Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana.
1986 - "Sweet Charity" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances.
1986 - Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) interrupts HBO.
1987 - US Justice Dept bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II.
1990 - 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held (Mich).
1991 - Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio.
1994 - "Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances.
1994 - President Nixon buried in Nixon Library in Calif.
2002 - The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
2005 - The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
2006 - Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.