A closer look at key historic events that took place on April 27:

In 2005, the Airbus A380 flies for the first time

Airbus A380 is the largest passenger airliner in the world.

In 1981, Xerox PARC debuts the first personal computer mouse.

Computer History Museum

In 1961, Sierra Leone becomes independent

After years of being a British colony and protectorate, it achieved independence on April 27 within the British Commonwealth. Sir Milton Margai served as the first prime minister.

The flag of Sierra Leone. Shutterstock

In 1960, Togo becomes independent 

After years of being an autonomous republic in the French Union, Togo becomes independent.

The flag of Togo. Shutterstock

In 1865, the SS Sultana explodes on the Mississippi River

The steamship was overloaded resulting in an explosion which killed some 1,800 people, many of whom were former Union POWs returning home from the Civil War. This was the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history.

The SS Sultana disaster

In 1810, Ludwig van Beethoven composes “Für Elise”

Beethoven – Fur Elise, Andante Favori, Rage over a lost Penny – Wilhelm Kempff Piano & 2 Violin Romances – David Oistrakh, DGG

In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan is killed

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan was killed during a fight with natives of the Mactan Island, Philippines.

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