Today in history: Apr 27
• 1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines. Though he was killed in the Philippines, his ships continued westward to Spain, and accomplished the first circumnavigation of the world under the Basque navigator Juan Sebastian del Cano.
• 1759: Birth of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), English writer, who advocated educational and social equality for women and the author of the celebrated A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (She was the mother of the writer Mary Shelley).
• 1822: Birth of Ulysses S Grant (1822-85), US general, commander of the Union armies during the late years (1864-65) of the American Civil War and 18th president of the United States (1869-77). His Personal Memoirs sold more than 300,000 copies, provided President Grant’s family with $450,000 in royalties — the biggest payment for any book at that point in history. His memoir is now considered one of the greatest military memoirs ever written by an American.
• 1959: Commander Cawas Manekshaw Nanavati of the Indian Navy shot dead Prem Ahuja the paramour of his British wife Sylvia. This was the start of the most sensational crime story ever in India. Public opinion and sentiment was strongly in favour of Nanavati and the defence portrayed the crime as an accident rather than a premeditated murder. So great was the sympathy factor that in an amazing verdict the nine member jury at the Sessions Court in Bombay declared him not guilty by a eight-to-one majority. Terming the verdict as 'perverse' the judge held Nanavati guilty. (The case eventually led to the demise of the jury system of trial in India).
• 1992: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the Republic of Serbia and its ally, Montenegro. On the same day Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics were allowed entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
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- Earlier this month, CBI in the first charge-sheet in the case had named BSF Commandant Satish Kumar and Murshidabad-based businessman Enamul Haque along with five others for their alleged involvement in cattle smuggling across the India-Bangladesh border.
- The bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat apart from Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde were of the view that magistrates should play a more “intrusive” role in investigation.
- Police said the accused and the victim were in a relationship for a year, but of late she had been avoiding him.
- The national carrier at present is operating only special passenger trains since the curbs on lockdown were eased. Regular passenger trains have been suspended since March 25, 2020.
- Both the casualties took place due to IED blasts.
- The BJP unit has also been at loggerheads with the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) dispensation with its chief Earnest Mawrie accusing it of anomalies in governance.
- Shahjahanpur’s superintendent of police S Anand, SP, denied reports that the girl was burnt after a failed rape attempt
- An expert team is trying to drain out the lake to prevent another tragedy like the Chamoli flash flood.
- The tribal fair draws devotees not only from Telangana, but also from other states like Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
- The notice released by the state government stated “All passengers coming to West Bengal from the aforementioned 4 states shall mandatorily carry a covid negative RT-PCR report for such test conducted within 72 hours of flight departure.”
- The police said they were ascertaining the identities and affiliation of the two terrorists.
- The research says the average compensation paid for human death in the country is ₹1,91,437, and the average compensation paid for injury is ₹6,185.