What Happened on April 26, 1986

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
  • France performs nuclear test
  • Game between Angels & Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds

Historic DiscoveryPripyat: Nuclear Wasteland

World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe
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Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

HeartWedding of Interest

Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay

Famous Deaths

  • Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)