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Calendar for April 27th, 2014

Freedom Day (South Africa)

Died 1521: Ferdinand Magellan (explorer)

Born 1791: Samuel Morse (inventor)

Born 1822: Ulysses S. Grant (18th U.S. president)

1880: A hearing aid was patented by F. D. Clarke and M. G. Foster

Died 1882: Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet)

Born 1896: Rogers Hornsby (baseball player)

Died 1902: Julius Sterling Morton (Arbor Day founder)

1908: Fourth modern Olympic games opened in London, England

Born 1927: Coretta Scott King (civil rights leader)

1935: U.S. Soil Conservation Service established by Congress

1947: Babe Ruth Day

Born 1959: Sheena Easton (singer)

Died 1965: Edward R. Murrow (broadcast journalist)

1967: Expo '67 was officially opened in Montreal, Quebec, by Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson

1973: L. Patrick Gray resigns as acting director of the FBI due to the Watergate fiasco

Born 1975: Chris Carpenter (baseball player)

Born 1987: William Moseley (actor)

Died 2002: Ruth Handler (co-founded Mattel and created Barbie)

2005: Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane, successfully took off on its maiden flight

2010: Oh Eun-sun from South Korea became the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest mountains

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