Today in History, English
Today in History, English

47971April 26Event1944 – Heinrich Kreipe is captured by Allied commandos in occupied Crete.
47972April 26Event1945 – World War II: Battle of Bautzen: Last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
47973April 26Event1945 – World War II: Filipino troops of the 66th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL and the American troops of the 33rd and 37th Infantry Division, United States Army are liberated in Baguio City and they fight against the Japanese
47974April 26Event1954 – The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins.
47975April 26Event1956 – SS Ideal X, the world's first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
47976April 26Event1958 – Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
47977April 26Event1960 – Forced out by the April Revolution, President of South Korea Syngman Rhee resigns after twelve years of dictatorial rule.
47978April 26Event1962 – NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
47979April 26Event1963 – In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections.
47980April 26Event1964 – Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.
47981April 26Event1965 – A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting.
47982April 26Event1966 – An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent.
47983April 26Event1966 – A new government is formed in the Republic of the Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye.
47984April 26Event1970 – The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force.
47985April 26Event1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.
47986April 26Event1982 – Fifty-seven people are killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
47987April 26Event1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
47988April 26Event1989 – The deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.
47989April 26Event1989 – People's Daily publishes the People's Daily editorial of April 26 which inflames the nascent Tiananmen Square protests
47990April 26Event1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak's end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado.
47991April 26Event1994 – China Airlines Flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan, killing 264 of the 271 people on board.
47992April 26Event2002 – Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 16 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
47993April 26Event2005 – 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 (Syrian occupation of Lebanon).
47994April 26Birth121 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (d. 180)
47995April 26Birth757 – Hisham I of Córdoba (d. 796)
47996April 26Birth1538 – Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and academic (d. 1600)
47997April 26Birth1575 – Marie de' Medici, Italian wife of Henry IV of France (d. 1642)
47998April 26Birth1607 – Countess Palatine Magdalene Catherine of Zweibrücken (d. 1648)
47999April 26Birth1947 – William Ashhurst, English banker, Sheriff of London, Lord Mayor of London and politician (d. 1720)
48000April 26Birth1648 – Peter II of Portugal (d. 1706)

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