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April 29, 1927: Government dynamites floodwall in Louisiana to protect New Orleans from the Mississippi River's greatest flood-- but it was unnecessary because levees far upriver were breaching
April 14, 1927: Volvo produces its first autos, the Volvo ÖV 4 Jakob series
April 7, 1927: Bell Telephone demonstrates new "television"
April 12, 1927: Thousands of Communists arrested and executed in surprise move by Chiang Kai-shek

The following events occurred in April 1927:


April 1, 1927 (Friday)Edit

April 2, 1927 (Saturday)Edit

  • The United Kingdom announced that it was increasing its troop strength in China, from 17,000 to 22,000 men.[2]
  • A "fire following a storm of great intensity" destroyed the town of Körösmezö, Czechoslovakia (now Yasinia, Ukraine)[3]
  • Born:

April 3, 1927 (Sunday)Edit

April 4, 1927 (Monday)Edit

  • Colonial Air Transport inaugurated the first regularly scheduled airline service in America, carrying six passengers on a flight that departed Boston at 6:15 pm and landed near New York City (at Hadley Field, New Jersey), at 9:00 pm. The first ticket was sold to Mrs. Gardiner Fiske for 25 dollars.[5]
  • The Urdu language daily newspaper, Inqilab, described as a periodical that "changed the course of Muslim politics... of the entire Indo-Pakistan subcontinent" [6] was founded by Ghulam Rasul Mehr and Abdul Majid Salik. The paper, which lasted until 1949, two years after Pakistan attained independence.
  • The Victor Talking Machine Company introduced "the automatic orthophonic Victrola", the first phonograph that could be loaded with multiple (up to 12) records and then play them in sequence.[7]
  • Born: Joe Orlando, American comic book artist, in Bari, Italy
  • Died: Vincent Drucci, 27, American gangster nicknamed "the Schemer", and leader of the North Side Gang. Drucci was shot while trying to wrest a gun from Chicago police detective Dan Healy. His funeral was attended by 1,000 mourners.

April 5, 1927 (Tuesday)Edit

April 6, 1927 (Wednesday)Edit

  • On the tenth anniversary of America's entry into World War I, a proposal for an international treaty "to outlaw war" was made by Aristide Briand, the Foreign Minister of France. The Kellogg–Briand Pact would be signed on August 27, 1928, by Briand and U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg.[11]
  • U.S. President Calvin Coolidge vetoed a resolution, passed by the Philippine territorial legislature, calling for a plebiscite on whether the Philippines should become independent of the United States.[12]
  • An explosion at the refinery of Producers & Refiners Oil Company killed 13 employees and broke almost all of the windows in the company town of Parco, Wyoming.[13]
  • Webber College (now Webber International University) was founded by Roger and Grace Babson (who also founded Babson College) in Babson Park, Florida.[14] One of the nation's first schools of business for women, it was the first private, not-for-profit college chartered under Florida's then new educational and charitable laws.
  • Born: Gerry Mulligan, American jazz musician, baritone sax player, in Queens (d. 1996)

April 7, 1927 (Thursday)Edit

  • At 3:25 in the afternoon, the Bell Telephone Company made the first successful demonstration of long distance mechanical television transmission, transmitting a 30 line image at the rate of 10 images per second with the aid of a system using the rotating Nipkow disc. Herbert Hoover (at that time the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appeared before a camera in Washington, and as he spoke over a loudspeaker by telephone to AT & T President Walter S. Gifford, Hoover could be observed on a 2 by 3-foot (0.91 m) television screen by an audience in New York. Hoover told the group, "Human genius has now destroyed the impediment of distance, in a new respect, and in a manner hitherto unknown." The breakthrough in the invention of a completely electronic television system would take place five months later on September 7.[15] Hoover's speech was followed by the first American television entertainment, a performance (from a studio in Whippany, New Jersey) by vaudeville comedian "A. Dolan", who appeared as an Irishman and then donned blackface for a minstrel show act.[16]
  • The epic French film Napoléon directed by Abel Gance and starring Albert Dieudonné premiered at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

April 8, 1927 (Friday)Edit

  • The beam wireless service was inaugurated between Sydney and London by Amalgamated Wireless Company, allowing messages to be sent at the speed of light at the unprecedented distance of more than 10,000 miles (16,000 km). Using shortwave radio, messages could be sent by telegraph between the two locations.[17]

April 9, 1927 (Saturday)Edit

April 10, 1927 (Sunday)Edit

  • Ballet Mécanique, composed by George Antheil, was given its American premiere at Carnegie Hall, and booed and hissed by the crowd. Combining classical music with the sounds of machinery (including factory whistles, elevated trains, canning machinery, and airplanes), but no dancers, the ballet had debuted in Paris on June 19, 1926, and was not performed again for more than sixty years.[23]
  • Born: Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American geneticist and 1968 Nobel Prize laureate, in New York City (d.2010)

April 11, 1927 (Monday)Edit

April 12, 1927 (Tuesday)Edit

  • The Shanghai Massacre that would ultimately claim the lives of 4,000 leftists, began a few weeks after Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang Army had taken control of Shanghai with the aid of Communist workers in the city. Chiang turned against his allies and gave the order for the massacre of members of party and its sympathizers. At 3:00 in the morning, gangleader Du Yuesheng began attacks at the Zhabei District.[25] More than 4,000 leftists were killed in Shanghai, and hundreds more elsewhere.[26] Communist leader Zhou Enlai, who would later become the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China when Chiang's forces were driven out in 1949, was able to escape from the city.[27]
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland came into being with the renaming of the Kingdom.
  • At 8:30 in the evening, a tornado destroyed the town of Rocksprings, Texas.[28]

April 13, 1927 (Wednesday)Edit

April 14, 1927 (Thursday)Edit

April 15, 1927 (Friday)Edit

April 16, 1927 (Saturday)Edit

April 17, 1927 (Sunday)Edit

April 18, 1927 (Monday)Edit

  • Armed robbers near Limón in Mexico's Jalisco state, stopped a passenger train that was en route from Guadalajara to Mexico City, shot anyone who resisted, and then set fire to the wooden cars. More than 150 people died in the holdup.[38]
  • Chiang Kai-shek declared himself to be Chairman of the National Government Committee President of China, with a capital at Nanjing. The other government continued to function at Beijing.[39]
  • Born:

April 19, 1927 (Tuesday)Edit

April 20, 1927 (Wednesday)Edit

April 21, 1927 (Thursday)Edit

April 22, 1927 (Friday)Edit

  • In the biggest disaster relief effort to that time, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge announced the formation of a committee to aid flood victims through the American Red Cross. "The Government is giving such aid as lies within its power," Coolidge stated, supplying boats and tents for refugees, but added that "the burden of caring for the homeless" was that of the Red Cross. "For so great a task additional funds must be obtained immediately," Coolidge urged the public to make "generous contributions" to the Red Cross. The government spent $10 million on relief, while the Red Cross collected $17.5 million in cash and $6 million in supplies to take care of 600,000 flood victims.[44]

April 23, 1927 (Saturday)Edit

  • Twenty-one workers were burned to death and more than one hundred were injured in an explosion and fire that destroyed the auto body plant of Briggs Manufacturing Company in Detroit. A subsequent investigation concluded that the blast had been caused by a spark that ignited nitrocellulose fumes in the process of lacquering car bodies.[45]
  • Cardiff City won the FA Cup after beating Arsenal 1–0 at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 91,206. The winning goal was scored accidentally when Arsenal's goalie knocked the ball into the net while trying to gather it in.[46] The 52nd championship game was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on the radio, and the only one to be won by a non-English team.[47] p
  • Born: Walter J. Karplus, Austrian-born American computer science pioneer, in Vienna

April 24, 1927 (Sunday)Edit

April 25, 1927 (Monday)Edit

  • The design was chosen for the flag of Alaska as part of a contest among the territory's schoolchildren. Thirteen-year-old orphan Benny Benson, who based his design on the North Star and the Big Dipper (later set against a dark blue field) won a $1,000 prize and a trip to Paris.[49]
  • The musical Hit the Deck premiered at the Belasco Theater, introducing Vincent Youmans's hit song "Sometimes I'm Happy". James J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk (Courier Dover Publications, 2000) p515;
  • Died: Earle Williams, 46, American silent film actor, leading man for Vitagraph Studios

April 26, 1927 (Tuesday)Edit

  • Lieutenants Commander Noel Davis and Stanton H. Wooster, who were aspiring to win the Orteig Prize by becoming the first persons to fly an airplane from New York to Paris, were killed in a test flight of their Keystone Pathfinder monoplane. Unable to climb with its heavy fuel load, the American Legion crashed into trees while attempting a takeoff from Virginia's Langley Field.[50]

April 27, 1927 (Wednesday)Edit

April 28, 1927 (Thursday)Edit

  • In Aba, Japan, three-year-old Chyu Kuryama was struck by a small meteorite, which was later displayed in a museum. Although she was hit in the head, she was not seriously injured. The first reported instance in the United States of a person being hit by a meteorite would be on November 30, 1954, when Mrs. E. Hulitt Hodges of Sylacuga, Alabama, would be hit by an 8-pound stone.[52]
  • The airplane Spirit of St. Louis, piloted by Charles Lindbergh, was flown for the first time, shortly after he had overseen its manufacture in accordance with his specifications. Lindbergh tested the single engine monoplane at the Dutch Flats, near San Diego. On May 20, he would use the craft in an attempt to become the first person to fly an airplane from New York to Paris.[53]
  • Died: Li Dazhao, 39, co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party, was hanged along with 19 other persons arrested at the Soviet Embassy in Beijing.[54]

April 29, 1927 (Friday)Edit

April 30, 1927 (Saturday)Edit


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