This day in history

Saturday, April 27, is the 117th day of 2013. There are 248 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Announcer Casey Kasem is 81. Actress Judy Carne is 74. Rock musician Jim Keltner is 71. Rock singer Kate Pierson (The B-52’s) is 65. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 62. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 54. Actor James Le Gros is 51. Rock musician Rob Squires (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 48. Singer Mica Paris is 44. Actor David Lascher is 41. Actress Maura West is 41. Actress Sally Hawkins is 37. Rock musician Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) is 35. Rock singer Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is 35. Rock singer-musician Travis Meeks (Days of the New) is 34. Actress Ari Graynor is 30. Rock singer-musician Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) is 29. Actor William Moseley is 26. Singer Allison Iraheta is 21.

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.


In 1777, the only land battle in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Ridgefield, took place, resulting in a limited British victory.

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In 1813, the Battle of York took place in Upper Canada during the War of 1812 as a U.S. force defeated the British garrison in present-day Toronto before withdrawing.

In 1822, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

In 1865, the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 people, mostly freed Union prisoners of war.

In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley Jr., who had shot four people, including President Reagan, began in Washington. (The trial ended with Hinckley’s acquittal by reason of insanity.)