Events in History on April 26

  • 757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I
  • 1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
  • 1336 Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux
  • 1467 The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy
  • 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici and kill Giuliano de'Medici in Florence

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1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

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1564 William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

  • 1607 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site
  • 1654 Jews are expelled from Brazil
  • 1655 Dutch West Indies Co denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam
  • 1677 Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck
  • 1755 1st Russian university opens in Moscow
  • 1777 Sybil Ludington aged 16, rides 40 miles in New York to warn her father's militia of the approach of the British
  • 1803 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France

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1814 King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
  • 1819 Odd Fellows Lodge forms

  • 1828 Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence
  • 1841 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk

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1848 Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • 1853 Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber
  • 1859 Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US
  • 1865 Battle of Durham Station, North Carolina (Greensboro)
  • 1865 Battle of Fort Tobacco, Virginia
  • 1865 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina
  • 1887 Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity

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1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1893 1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms
  • 1900 AL opener in Cleveland draws 6,500
  • 1901 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (against Baltimore)
  • 1904 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
  • 1904 John C Watson leads the first Labour Government of Australian when Alfred Deakin resigns
  • 1904 General Kuroko leads the Japanese Army against the large Russian force at the Yalu river during the Russo-Japanese War
  • 1906 Motion pictures begin regular showings at the Orpheum Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1907 Jamestown, Virginia Tercentenary Exposition opens
  • 1913 Sun Yet San calls for revolt against President Yuan Shikai in China
  • 1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia
  • 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.
  • 1925 Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for "So big"

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1925 Artist Diego Rivera resigns from the Mexican Communist Party

Painter Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera
  • 1926 Germany & Russia sign neutrality peace treaty
  • 1926 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)

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1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London after a fire

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1929 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
  • 1932 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris
  • 1933 Jewish students are barred from school in Germany
  • 1937 German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
  • 1938 Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
  • 1941 Potatoes rationed in Holland
  • 1942 Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko, Manchuria
  • 1944 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
  • 1944 Papandreou government in Greece forms

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1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • 1945 World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht
  • 1949 Transjordan is officially renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • 1951 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
  • 1952 US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176
  • 1954 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva

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1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1957 Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • 1961 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
  • 1962 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
  • 1962 Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)
  • 1962 Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
  • 1962 US and UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload
  • 1964 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • 1966 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1967 San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch)
  • 1968 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • 1968 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • 1969 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
  • 1971 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • 1971 San Francisco lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • 1971 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
  • 1973 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
  • 1974 Malta adopts constitution
  • 1974 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline & Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow & Upshaw
  • 1976 Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo
  • 1977 Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.
  • 1978 France sends troops to Chad
  • 1978 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • 1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980 Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • 1980 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet
  • 1983 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • 1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens

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1984 President Reagan visits China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986 Game between Angels & Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds

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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
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  • 1988 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
  • 1989 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • 1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
  • 1990 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
  • 1991 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes

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1992 Alex Haley (Roots) wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • 1992 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
  • 1993 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
  • 1993 STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • 1994 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • 1994 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
  • 1994 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • 1994 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
  • 1995 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
  • 1996 Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
  • 1996 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • 2002 Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • 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.
  • 2007 Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
  • 2012 70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama
  • 2012 Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
  • 2013 30 people are killed after a bus crashes following a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan
  • 2015 Nursultan Nazarbayev is re-elected President of Kazakhstan with 97.7% of the vote
  • 2015 FC Bayern Munich wins the 2014–15 Bundesliga for a 25th time
  • 2016 CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, announces that he will be giving his employees 10% of the shares in Chobani
  • 2018 Serial killer "Golden State Killer" identified after 40 years as a former police officer, responsible for 12 killings, 50 rapes in California