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April 27th Major News Events

  1. 1941 Nazi Germany begins occupying Greece
  2. 1948 US major rail strike begins
  3. 1961 Sierra Leone gains independence
  4. 1992 Betty Boothroyd becomes first woman Speaker of the House of Commons in England
  5. 1994 Nelson Mandela elected first president of South Africa
  6. 2014 Vatican declares Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints

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1954 USA Movie "White Christmas"

1954: The Movie White Christmas featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, including the Title Song White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, opens at Radio City Music Hall. The original song "White Christmas" was originally heard for the first time in the 1942 film Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

1938 US Average Incomes Down Up to 20%

1938: The national average income again dropped in comparison from 10 years ago in 1928 by 7% with some areas of the workforce earning up to 20% less than 10 years ago.

1938 USA Tommy Dorsey

1938: Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I Hadn’t Anyone ’til You" with Jack Leonard as vocalist. Tommy Dorsey and his brother became two of the most famous big band leaders of their day and are still the model for many jazz and swing musicians today.

1941 Greece Nazi Occupation

1941: Nazis take and occupy Athens in Greece.

1945 Germany War Entering Final Phase

1945: The war in Europe is entering it's final phase as Russian and American troops join hands at the River Elbe in Germany. Ten Days later on May 7th Germany signs unconditional surrender.

1948 USA Rail Strike

1948: A Major Rail Strike country wide is due to start at midnight with much of the rail network closed down across the US.

1953 USA Executive Order 10450

1953: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Hiring and Firing rules for Government Employment. Homosexuality, moral perversion, and communism were categorized as national security threats and could be used as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants.

1958 Stop Nuclear Bomb Testing

1958: Scientists around the world are asking politicians to stop nuclear bomb tests including the Nobel Prize Winner Dr Albert Schweitzer.

1961 Sierra Leone Gains Independence

1961: Sierra Leone in West African gains independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

1968 Middle East Continued Fighting

1968: More fighting broke out along the Suez Canal and the River Jordan between Israel and Arab Troops with Egyptian and Jordanian and Israel Forces lined up against each other in a tense middle east.

1968 USA War in Vietnam

1968: Many thousands of diversified beliefs protested against the War in Vietnam and many antiwar demonstrators ended up in fights with local police forces around the country who were trying to keep the peace.


1971: Eight members of the Welsh Language Society (the Society wishes to preserve the Welsh Language and part of that was to include all signs in Wales to be bilingual) they are accused of conspiring to damage, remove or destroy English language road signs in Wales.

Born This Day In History April 27th

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Ulysses S. Grant

Born: Hiram Ulysses Grant, 27 April 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio

Died: 23 July 1885, Wilton, New York

Known For: Prior to becoming the 18th US President (1869 - 1877), Ulysses S. Grant was the Commanding General of the US Army during the Civil War and the Secretary of War under Andrew Johnson. During his two terms, Grant worked on stabilizing the economy after the Civil War and re-uniting the healing nation.

1974 USA Calls For Impeachment Nixon

1974: Calls for the impeachment of president Nixon gathered pace as a march by thousands of protesters demanding Nixon to be impeached.

1978 Afghanistan Rebels Take Over

1978: Military rebels in Afghanistan murdered both the president and his brother during the coup and have taken over all news TV and radio stations in the capital Kabul and have sealed off the countries airports and roads.

1984 England Libyan Embassy Siege Ends

1984: Earlier in the week diplomatic ties are severed between England and Libya and Libyan embassy officials are given 7 days to leave the country. The British ambassador to Libya was given the same deadline to leave Tripoli. Today Libyan diplomats under diplomatic immunity are escorted to Heathrow and onto a plane out of the country which allows the person or persons unknown who shot and killed WPC Fletcher to leave the country and not have to face murder charge.

1992 England Betty Boothroyd

1992: Betty Boothroyd, is elected as Speaker in the house of commons becoming the first woman speaker in its 700-year history.

1994 South Africa Nelson Mandela

1994: South Africans vote in the country's first multiracial parliamentary elections. Nelson Mandela of the ANC is voted by a landslide to be the next president of South Africa and head the new coalition government.

2005 France Airbus A380

2005: The Airbus A380 makes it's maiden test flight in Toulouse, France. The Airbus A380 (Superjumbo) is the largest passenger airliner in the world, it is a double-deck wide-body, four-engine aircraft which is capable of carrying up to 853 people in all economy class configurations, This is about 300 more than the Jumbo Jet from Boeing which has been in service for nearly 40 years. The Airbus A380 has now been in commercial use since 2007, Boeing is working on a similar aircraft with similar passenger carrying capabilities.

2007 Saudi Arabia detains multiple terror suspects

2007: Saudi Arabia claims to have foiled a plot to carry out suicide air attacks on oil installations and military bases in the area. Foreign nationals are among the suspects that are being held from a series of raids. Large amounts of weapons and $32.4 million in cash were seized in these. The Saudi authorities have been battling al-Qaeda since 2003.

2008 Josef Fritzl Arrested for Imprisoning Daughter for 24 Years

2008: A 73-year-old Austrian, Josef Fritzl, has been arrested on suspicion of keeping his daughter locked in a cellar for 24 years, and fathering seven children with her. The existence of the woman, believed missing since 1984 and now 42, was discovered after her teenage daughter was taken to hospital. Both the woman and teenage girl are receiving medical treatment. The police investigation in Amstetten, Lower Austria Province, is continuing.

From 1950s Toys Page

  • Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage
    Price $2.67
    Pretty bird trills a merry tune as he swings to and fro on perch. The cage has two feeding cups and a ring at the top for hanging.

  • Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment
    Price $2.98
    Caterpillar earthmoving equipment has real working action. Three big pieces in yellow and black: caterpillar scraper, motor grader, and wagon with tractor.
    From Our 1952 Toys Page

  • Toni Doll Toni Doll
    Price $11.95, $13.95, $19.95
    Toni doll made of all plastic with magic nylon wig that can be shampooed and play waved. Beautifully dressed. Comes with complete play wave kit. Choose from 14-inch, 16-inch, or 21-inch dolls.

2011 US President Obama Releases Birth Certificate

2011: President Obama released his long-form birth certificate from the US state of Hawaii in an effort to quell "birther" conspiracy theorists. Obama stated that he hoped the release of this information would put to rest questions of his presidential eligibility and refocus the political debate on important issues.

2012 Romania Government Falls After No Confidence Vote

2012: After only two months of being in office, Romania's government fell due to a no confidence vote and prime minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was ousted. The Romanian president, Traian Basecu, then designated Victor Ponta, the opposition leader, as the new prime minister. The no confidence vote came after the opposition seized on public anger over salary cuts and raised taxes.

2014 Two Popes Declared Saints by Vatican

2014: The Vatican has declared Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII as saints. This was the first time in history that two popes were canonized at the same time. A crowd of thousands gathered to hear the news.

From our 1980s Furniture

1989 Videotape Storage Cabinet

1989 Videotape Storage Cabinet

Price: $79.99

This custom-crafted oak-grained cabinet opens to reveal storage for up to 120 video tapes. With inserts included, holds 92 video tapes, 18 CD's and 14 audio cassettes. Doors lock for complete security.

1987 Clock Radio TV

1987 Clock Radio TV

Price: $79.95

AM/FM Clock/Radio with four and a half inch black and white TV. Red LED digital time display with AM indicator. High/low dimmer control. Snooze bar. Battery backup system. Earphone jack. Telescopic FM antenna. White plastic cabinet.

Toys From The 1990s

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Price: $89.99

A hand-held version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Features Tetris Game Pack, LCD dot-matrix game screen, and digital stereo sound with earphones for private play. Video Link cable hook-up allows two Game Boy systems to go head-to-head.

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo
Manufacturer: Tyco
Price: $27.99

Tickle his tummy once to make him giggle, twice to make him laugh longer. Tickle him a third time and he shakes with laughter. This was one of the most popular toys for the 1996 Christmas season, with many stores running out of stock and battling crowds trying to get their hands on one.
From Our 1996 Toys Page