April 26 Events in History - April 26 Birthdays - April 26 Deaths
2015 A 6.7-magnitude aftershock sets off new avalanches on Mt. Everest and frightens victims of yesterday's devastating earthquake in Nepal; Google executive Dan Fredinburg was one of at least 17 climbers on Mt. Everest who died in yesterday's disaster
2014 The U.S. and Japan have made progress in their joint efforts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement; though an agreement has not been reached, both nations are interested in continuing negotiations
2014 Football players at Northwestern University cast votes on whether to form a union; the players were ruled last month to be university employees by the National Labor Relations Board, giving the students the right to organize
2013 Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England announces that the 5 pound bank note, to be circulated in 2016, will feature Winston Churchill
2013 In Birmingham, United Kingdom, eleven members of a terror cell are jailed for planning an attack to exceed the atrocities committed on July 7 and 9/11
2012 During the second day of evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, Rupert Murdock reveals there was a 'cover-up' at 'News of the World' but that he had no knowledge of it
2012 Argentina's Senate passes President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's bill to nationalize 51% of oil company YPF with overwhelming majority
2011 U.S. nightly news host Katie Couric announces she will will no longer host the 'CBS Evening News'
2011 The 25th anniversary of the disaster in Chernobyl is commemorated by the Ukraine
2010 Timothy Torlot, British ambassador to Yemen, survives an attempted suicide bombing
2005 Syria withdraws troops from Lebanon, ending its 29 year military occupation
1997 "Life," opens at Barrymore Theater New York City
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
1995 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
1995 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
1994 26.9 degrees C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temp record)
1994 Mad About You actress Leila Kenzel (33) weds Neil Monaco (34)
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 is 1st black South African to vote
1993 "Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes New York City for 266 performances
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
1992 "Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 1,018 performances
1992 "Growing Pains," final episode on ABC TV
1992 "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater New York City for 569 performances
1992 "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 45 performances
1992 "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City 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
1992 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
1991 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
1991 23 killed in Kansas and Oklahoma by tornadoes
1991 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession and distribution of illegal narcotics
1990 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 52 performances
1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
1990 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal and twists his ankle
1990 New York court of appeals ends 2 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
1989 AT&T announces New Jersey's 201 area code will split into 908 and 201
1989 Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany
1988 1st TNN Viewers choice awards - Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
1988 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
1988 New York Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert..." closes at Ambassador New York City after 13 performances
1986 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver
1986 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
1986 France performs nuclear test
1986 Game between Angels and Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds
1986 Worst nuclear disaster, 4th reactor at Chernobyl U.S.S.R. explodes, 31 die
1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens
1984 President Reagan visits China
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
1982 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
1982 CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio
1982 Gene Michael becomes New York Yankee manager for 2nd time
1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
1981 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 13 performances
1981 Largest U.S. bank robbery in Tucson, Arizona, more than $33 million stolen
1980 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 Iran begins scattering U.S. hostages from U.S. Embassy
1980 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120'
1980 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
1978 France sends troops to Chad
1978 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
1977 New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens
1976 Pan Am begins non-stop flights New York City - Tokyo
1975 Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal
1975 Penguins 0-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Isles win series 4-3
1975 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 home runs ties NL record of 11 home runs in April
1974 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
1974 Malta adopts constitution
1974 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline and Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow and Upshaw
1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona," musical opens in London
1973 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hours
1971 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
1970 "Company" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 690 performances
1969 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 110 performances
1969 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 435 performances
1969 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
1968 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 U.S. underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
1967 "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 293 performances
1967 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch)
1966 Arnold "Red" Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
1965 Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
1964 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat San Francisco Warriors, 4 games to 1
1964 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar form United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar
1962 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
1962 Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
1962 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
1962 U.S. and U.K. launch Ariel; 1st international payload
1961 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
1959 Cuba invades Panama
1959 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
1957 Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
1954 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
1952 U.S. minesweeper "Hobson" rams aircraft carrier "Wasp," kills 176
1951 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
1950 University of Miami ends William and Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
1947 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
1944 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
1944 Papandreou government in Greece forms
1942 Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Bath
1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium for the Chicago Cubs
1941 Potatoes rationed in Holland
1938 Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
1937 German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
1936 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony
1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
1933 Jewish students are barred from school in Germany
1932 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine," premieres in Paris
1931 Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he and Babe Ruth tie for season
1929 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
1926 Germany and Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
1926 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
1925 Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for "So big"
1923 English prince Albert (George VI) marries lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
1920 H Shapley and H D Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae
1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
1913 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
1913 Sun Yet San calls for revolt against President Yuan Shikai in China
1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
1907 Jamestown, Virginia Tercentenary Exposition opens
1906 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
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
1904 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
1900 AL opener in Cleveland draws 6,500
1893 1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms
1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
1887 Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
1865 Battle of Durham Station, North Carolina (Greensboro)
1865 Battle of Ft. Tobacco, Virginia
1865 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham North Carolina
1855 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
1853 Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber
1841 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
1835 Frederic Chopins "Grand Polonaise Brillante," premieres in Paris
1828 Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence
1819 Odd Fellows Lodge forms
1814 King Louis XVIII lands on Calais, from England
1803 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France
1777 Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from New York to Ct rallying her fathers militia
1755 1st Russian university opens (Moscow)
1721 Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated
1709 Frisian viceroy Johan Willem Friso marries countess Maria Louisa
1677 Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck
1655 Dutch West Indies Co denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam
1654 Jews are expelled from Brazil
1607 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va
1564 William Shakespeare baptized
1532 Sultan Suleiman through Hungary on away to Vienna
1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo and kill Giuliano de'Medici
1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I