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April 26th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: April 26, 2010, 07:08:46 am »

Monday, April 26th
The 116th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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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)
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   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.)

Current Birthdays

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
Actress, comedian

72    Duane Eddy
Rock musician

68    Bobby Rydell
Singer

50    Roger Taylor
Rock musician (Duran Duran)

49    Joan Chen
Actress

39    Jay DeMarcus
Country musician (Rascal Flats)

30    Jordana Brewster
Actress

30    Marnette Patterson
Actress

Historic Birthdays

Bernard Malamud

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
Australian novelist


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