27 April 2012

Timeline April 27 & 28

April 27
1509  Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.
1773  The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1791  Samuel Morse, American painter and developer of the telegraph, was born.

April 28
1789  The crew of the British ship Bounty mutinied, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.
1910  Frenchman Louis Paulhan wins the 1910 London to Manchester air race, the first long-distance aeroplane race in England.
1947  Thor Heyerdahl and a five man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia.

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