On This Day

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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'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger

LoveWedding 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)