Historical Events on 26th April

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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 & kill Giuliano de'Medici
1514 - Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
1532 - Sultan Suleiman through Hungary on away to Vienna
1607 - 1st British colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia
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
Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus CopernicusAstronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus 1755 - 1st Russian university opens (Moscow)
1777 - Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia
1803 - Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France
1814 - King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England
1819 - Odd Fellows Lodge forms
1828 - Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence
1835 - Frederic Chopin's "Grand Polonaise Brillante" premieres in Paris
1841 - "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
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 WallaceNaturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace 1853 - Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber
1855 - Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
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, NC (Greensboro)
1865 - Battle of Ft Tobacco, VA
1865 - Confederate Gen J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tenn, at Durham NC
1887 - Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
1890 - Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
1893 - 1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms
1900 - AL opener in Cleve draws 6,500
1904 - Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
1904 - John C Watson leads the first Labour Government of Australian when Alfred Deakin resigns; Watson himself will resign in August
1904 - General Kuroko leads the Japanese Army against the large Russian force at the Yalu river during the Russo-Japanese War
1905 - Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
1906 - 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
1907 - Jamestown, Va Tercentenary Exposition opens
1912 - 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
1913 - Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF
1913 - Sun Yet San calls for revolt against pres Yuan Shikai in China
1915 - Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia
1920 - Harlow Shapley & Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae, dalaxies and size of universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.
1925 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for "So big"
1926 - Germany & Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
1926 - Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
1928 - Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
1929 - 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
Baseball Player Lou GehrigBaseball Player Lou Gehrig 1931 - Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season
1932 - Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris
1933 - Jewish students are barred from school in Germany
1935 - Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
1936 - Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony
1937 - German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
1938 - Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
1941 - A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
1941 - Potatoes rationed in Holland
1942 - Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria
1942 - Luftwaffe bombs Bath
1944 - 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
1944 - Papandreou government in Greece forms
1945 - Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
1945 - World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
1947 - "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
1950 - Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
1950 - U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
1951 - Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
1952 - Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
1952 - US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176
1954 - Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk 1954 - Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins
1954 - The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released
1956 - First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
1957 - Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens
1959 - Cuba invades Panama
1959 - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
1961 - French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
1961 - Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
1962 - 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
1962 - Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)
1962 - Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
1962 - Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 1962 - US/UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload
1964 - 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1
1964 - Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1964 - Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
1965 - Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
1966 - Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
1966 - An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
1967 - "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 perfs
1967 - KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
NBA Head Coach Red AuerbachNBA Head Coach Red Auerbach 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 - "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
1969 - "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
1969 - Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
1970 - "Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances
1971 - Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
1971 - SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy
1971 - Turkey state of siege proclaimed
1973 - "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London
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
1975 - Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal
1975 - Penguins 0-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Isles win series 4-3
MLB Third Baseman Mike SchmidtMLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt 1975 - Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April
1976 - Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo
1977 - NY's famed disco Studio 54 opens
1978 - France sends troops to Chad
1978 - NASA launches space vehicle S-201
1980 - Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
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
1980 - Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
1981 - "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
1981 - Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1982 - Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
1982 - CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio
1982 - Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
Singer Rod StewartSinger Rod Stewart 1982 - Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
1983 - Bruins 2-Isles 5-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1983 - Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
1983 - San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
1984 - Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens
1984 - President Reagan visits China
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
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1986 - World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, contamination reach much of Western Europe
1987 - "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 perfs
1988 - 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
1988 - NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
1988 - NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
1989 - AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
1989 - Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike TysonHeavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson 1990 - "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
1990 - 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
1990 - Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
1990 - NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case
1990 - Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters
1991 - "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
1991 - 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
1991 - Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics
Football Legend Diego MaradonaFootball Legend Diego Maradona 1992 - "Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 perfs
1992 - "Growing Pains" final episode on ABC TV
1992 - "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances
1992 - "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
1992 - "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 13 performances
1992 - "Who's The Boss" final episode after 8 years on ABC TV
1992 - Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously
1992 - Maggie Will wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
Writer Alex HaleyWriter Alex Haley 1992 - Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
1993 - "Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 266 perfs
1993 - Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
1993 - NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman
1993 - STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit
1994 - 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temp record)
1994 - Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
1994 - 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
1994 - Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
TV Host Conan O'BrienTV Host Conan O'Brien 1995 - Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
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
1997 - "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
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

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