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On April 26, 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere; at least 31 Soviets died immediately. (Go to article.)
On April 26, 1914, Bernard Malamud, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, was born. Following his death on March 18, 1986, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
On April 26, 1862, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Union naval victories in the Civil War. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1607 An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
1785 Naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in Haiti.
1865 John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va.
1937 Planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
1964 The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1989 Actress-comedian Lucille Ball died at age 77.
1998 Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading Guatemalan human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2000 Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
2005 Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended as Syrian soldiers completed a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and Lebanese street protests.
2008 Police in Austria arrested a man accused of holding his daughter captive in a windowless cellar for 24 years, fathering her seven children and killing one of them. (Josef Fritzl is serving life in a psychiatric ward.)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste turns 43 years old today.
AP Photo/Katy Winn Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste ("Without a Trace") turns 43 years old today.
77 Carol Burnett
72 Duane Eddy
68 Bobby Rydell
50 Roger Taylor
Rock musician (Duran Duran)
49 Joan Chen
39 Jay DeMarcus
Country musician (Rascal Flats)
30 Jordana Brewster
30 Marnette Patterson
4/26/1914 - 3/18/1986
American novelist and short-story writer
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66 John James Audubon
4/26/1785 - 1/27/1851
West Indian-born American ornithologist, artist and naturalist
71 Friedrich Flotow
4/26/1812 - 1/24/1883
German-born French composer
75 Alfred Krupp
4/26/1812 - 7/14/1887
German industrialist; developed and sold armaments
81 Frederick Law Olmsted
4/26/1822 - 8/28/1903
American landscape architect; designed Central Park in New York City
72 Harold Rothermere
4/26/1868 - 11/26/1940
English newspaperman; built a journalistic empire in England
53 Ma Rainey
4/26/1886 - 12/22/1939
American singer; known as "the mother of the blues"
62 Ludwig Wittgenstein
4/26/1889 - 4/29/1951
Austrian-born English philosopher
92 Anita Loos
4/26/1889 - 8/18/1981
American novelist and Hollywood screenwriter
89 Cass Canfield
4/26/1897 - 3/27/1986
American publisher and editor
83 Morris West
4/26/1916 - 10/9/1999
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