Today in History: April 27

Today in History: April 27

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1296

Edward I defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar.

1509

Pope Julius II excommunicates the Italian state of Venice.

1565

The first Spanish settlement in Philippines is established in Cebu City.

1746

King George II wins the Battle of Culloden.

1773

British Parliament passes the Tea Act.

1813

American forces capture York (present-day Toronto), the seat of government in Ontario.

1861

President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

1863

The Army of the Potomac begins marching on Chancellorsville.

1865

The Sultana, a steam-powered riverboat, catches fire and burns after one of its boilers explodes. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers--mostly former Union POWs--are killed.

1909

The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, is overthrown.

1937

German bombers of the Condor Legion devastate Guernica, Spain.

1941

The Greek army capitulates to the invading Germans.

1950

South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.

1961

The United Kingdom grants Sierra Leone independence.

1975

Saigon is encircled by North Vietnamese troops.

1978

The Afghanistan revolution begins.

1989

Protesting students take over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.