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    What happened on April 26

    • April 26, 1467 "The miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel appears in Genazzano, Italy."

    • April 26, 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo & kill Giuliano de'Medici

    • April 26, 1478 The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence.

    • April 26, 1514 Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn

    • April 26, 1558 "Jean Fran‡ois Fernel French physician, dies"

    • April 26, 1564 William Shakespeare baptized

    • April 26, 1607 "English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia."

    • April 26, 1607 "The first British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va"

    • April 26, 1777 "Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia"

    • April 26, 1802 "Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious migrs of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture with the factions of the Ancien Regime and to eventually consolidate his own rule."

    • April 26, 1803 "Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France"

    • April 26, 1805 "United States Marines captured Derne, Tripoli under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon."

    • April 26, 1819 Odd Fellows Lodge established

    • April 26, 1860 "Founding of the Second Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada from six independent militia units; later the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, oldest regiment in the Canadian Armed Forces."

    • April 26, 1861 G Schiaparelli discovers asteroid #69 Hesperia

    • April 26, 1865 "Gen Joseph E Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee, at Durham, NC"

    • April 26, 1865 "John Wilkes Booth assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green, VA"

    • April 26, 1865 "Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, in Virginia."

    • April 26, 1875 First scheduled train over the Prince Edward Island Railway from Charlottetown to Georgetown.

    • April 26, 1876 J Perrotin discovers asteroid #163 Erigone

    • April 26, 1887 "Cardston, Alberta Joseph Ora Card and a small group of Mormons found the community that will become Cardston, Alberta;"

    • April 26, 1887 Huntsville Electric Co established to sell electricity

    • April 26, 1900 "On a Farm in Ohio Charles Richter born, he developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquakes"

    • April 26, 1907 "Jamestown, Va Tercentenary Exposition opens"

    • April 26, 1912 "The first homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)"

    • April 26, 1913 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF

    • April 26, 1920 "H Shapley & H.D. Curtis hold ""great debate"" on nature of nebulae"

    • April 26, 1921 U.S. Naval Detachment left Yugoslavia after administering area around Spalato for 2 years to guarantee transfer of area from Austria to new country

    • April 26, 1925 Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.

    • April 26, 1926 Karachai Autonomous Region established in RSFSR (until 1943)

    • April 26, 1929 The first non-stop England to India flight lands

    • April 26, 1931 "Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, the mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season"

    • April 26, 1933 "The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established."

    • April 26, 1935 Frank Boucher is given the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years

    • April 26, 1937 German-made planes destroy Basque town of Guernica in Spain

    • April 26, 1937 "Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain is bombed by German Luftwaffe."

    • April 26, 1938 "Mandatory registration of all property held by Jews inside the Reich, valued Jewish property is to be seized within Greater Germany at a value of approximately eight billion Reichmarks."

    • April 26, 1942 "Colliery explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria"

    • April 26, 1942 "The worst mining accident in history kills 1,549 miners in an explosion at the Honkeiko Colliery, Manchuria."

    • April 26, 1944 "The first B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down"

    • April 26, 1946 "Father Divine, a controversial religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement."

    • April 26, 1948 "The XP-86 prototype for the Sabre Jet first ""officially"" breaks the sound barrier. The first operational F-86A Sabres entered service in May of the same year"

    • April 26, 1950 "Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run"

    • April 26, 1952 "US minesweeper ""Hobson"" rams aircraft carrier ""Wasp,"" kills 176"

    • April 26, 1952 USS Hobson sinks after colliding with USS Wasp; 176 lives lost

    • April 26, 1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

    • April 26, 1954 "The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins."

    • April 26, 1956 "Edward Arnold actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66"

    • April 26, 1956 "First container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas"

    • April 26, 1957 "Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens"

    • April 26, 1961 Roger Maris' first of 61 homers that year

    • April 26, 1962 NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.

    • April 26, 1962 US/UK launch Ariel; first international payload

    • April 26, 1963 "In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections."

    • April 26, 1964 Tanganyika & Zanzibar unite to form Tanzania (Tanzanian Union Day)

    • April 26, 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.

    • April 26, 1965 "In Ottawa Ontario, the Federal budget includes 10% cut in personal income tax. (we don't see another for a long long long time)"

    • April 26, 1968 Students seize administration building at Ohio State

    • April 26, 1968 "US underground nuclear test, ""Boxcar"", 1 megaton device"

    • April 26, 1970 "Gypsy Rose Lee stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56"

    • April 26, 1971 "Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15"" in 24 hrs"

    • April 26, 1971 SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy

    • April 26, 1973 "Irene Ryan actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69"

    • April 26, 1974 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam

    • April 26, 1976 "Allan Jackson newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60"

    • April 26, 1976 "Neil McCallum actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45"

    • April 26, 1977 NY's famed disco Studio 54 opens

    • April 26, 1980 Iran begins scattering US hostages from the US Embassy

    • April 26, 1980 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120'

    • April 26, 1980 Number one hit on UK music charts - Blondie - Call Me

    • April 26, 1981 "Jim Davis actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65"

    • April 26, 1981 "Madge Evans TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71"

    • April 26, 1982 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island

    • April 26, 1982 "Dame Cella Johnson British actress, dies of a stroke at 73"

    • April 26, 1982 "Rod Stewart is mugged, the gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche"

    • April 26, 1983 "Bronislaw Kaper composer, dies at 81"

    • April 26, 1983 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1200 for first time

    • April 26, 1983 "Vaughn Taylor actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72"

    • April 26, 1984 "Count Basie jazz piano great, dies at 78"

    • April 26, 1984 "Henry Rowland actor, dies at 70"

    • April 26, 1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens

    • April 26, 1984 "May McAvoy actress, dies at 82 after a heart attack"

    • April 26, 1984 Pres Reagan visits China

    • April 26, 1986 "Broderick Crawford actor (Highway Patrol), dies at 74"

    • April 26, 1986 "In Ukraine, a nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster."

    • April 26, 1986 "Kashmir-India Border Region a 5.5 earthquake resulted in six people killed, about 30 injured and 85 percent of the houses damaged in the Dharmsala, India area"

    • April 26, 1986 Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger marry

    • April 26, 1986 "Worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl USSR, 31 die"

    • April 26, 1988 TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories

    • April 26, 1989 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201

    • April 26, 1989 Lucille Ball comedienne/actress dies at 78 of a massive heart attack

    • April 26, 1989 Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany

    • April 26, 1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China

    • April 26, 1990 "Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle"

    • April 26, 1990 "In the Qinghai Province, Chinaa 6.9 quake resulted in at least 126 people killed, many injured, extensive damage and landslides in the Gonghe-Xinghai area"

    • April 26, 1990 NY court of appeals ends 2« year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of the case

    • April 26, 1991 """Dinosaurs"" premiers on ABC-TV"

    • April 26, 1991 "Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before its end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak)."

    • April 26, 1991 "Vice-Admiral Charles Thomas resigns, warns defense cuts will threaten sovereignty and endanger lives of military personnel"

    • April 26, 1992 """Jelly's Last Jam"" opens at Virginia theater on Broadway"

    • April 26, 1992 """Who's The Boss,"" final episode after 8 years"

    • April 26, 1992 "Final episode of ""Growing Pains"" airs"

    • April 26, 1992 "In Simi Valley, California, the LAPD police officers accused of excessive force in their severe beating of Rodney King, are found ""not guilty"". The verdict results in several days of riots in L.A. and smaller riots around the country."

    • April 26, 1994 "A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashes at Nagoya Airport, Japan killing 264."

    • April 26, 1994 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.

    • April 26, 2005 "Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country."

    • April 26, 2007 "Queen's Pier was officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationist, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district"







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