What Happened on April 26th

Historical Events

  • 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici & kill Giuliano de'Medici
  • 1607 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia
  • 1920 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
  • 1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 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.
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Did You Know?

Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US

On April 26, 1859

Famous Weddings

  • 1709 Frisian viceroy Johan Willem Friso marries countess Maria Louisa
  • 1923 English prince Albert Duke of York (George VI) (27) marries Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (22) at Westminster Abbey
  • 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.
  • 1986 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver
  • 1986 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Actor Patrick Dempsey (28) divorces manager Rocky Parker after nearly 7 years of marriage
  • 2004 Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage
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