What Happened on April 26

Historical Events

  • 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici and kill Giuliano de'Medici in Florence
  • 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 Philippe Pétain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason
  • 1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1986 World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe
  • 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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Apr 26 in Film & TV

Apr 26 in Music

  • 1965 Charles Ives' 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer's death

Apr 26 in Sport

  • 1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

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

Would You Believe?

Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman

On April 26, 1952

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, controversial religious leader claimed to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement

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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