April 26

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1514 – Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

1607 – The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, VA. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.

1865 – Union cavalry troopers cornered and shot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, near Bowling Green, VA.

1906 – In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.

1921 – Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.

1931 – New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner.

1941 – The Chicago Cubs became the first baseball team to install an organ in their ballpark.

1962 – NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashed into the Moon.

1963 – The state of Michigan started to require seatbelts in all new vehicles.

1964 – The Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title. They won two more before the streak came to an end.

1968 – Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.

1975 – B.J. Thomas had the longest title of a number one song at the top of the “Billboard” popular music chart. The song was “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”

1977 – Studio 54 opened in New York, NY.

1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performed the world’s first human open fetal surgery.

1983 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time.

1991 – The TV show “Dinosaurs”, featuring a family of dinosaurs named Sinclair, debuted on ABC. It would run until its final episode on October 19, 1994.

1993 – It was announced that Conan O’Brien would succeed David Letterman as host of NBC’s “Late Night” show.

1986 – The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at the Chernobyl in the Soviet Union. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.

2000 – Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar purchased the NHL’s New York Islanders.

2002 – The Senate and House agreed on the Farm Bill. The measure, the cost of which topped $100 billion, increased subsidies to farmers and fund conservation programs.

2011 – The very first episode of TV’s “The Voice” aired on NBC.

2018 – Comedian/actor Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The guilty verdict came on the second day of jury deliberations in a Montgomery County, PA Courthouse. Each charge carried a potential sentence of ten years in prison.

2019 – Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film, “Avengers: Endgame”, was released. The film had a budget of $356 million, making it one of the most expensive movies ever made. It went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing the previous box office record of “Avatar”.



Bambi Linn – 98 years old (1926) – Dancer (“Oklahoma!”)

Carol Burnett – 91 years old (1933) – Actress, comedian (“Pete ‘n Tillie”, TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show”)

Duane Eddy – 86 years old (1938) – Musician

Giorgio Moroder – 84 years old (1940) – Record producer, songwriter, performer (credited with pioneering Italo disco and electronic dance music)

Claudine Clark – 83 years old (1941) – Singer (“Party Lights”)

Gary Wright – 81 years old (1943) – Singer (“Dream Weaver”)

Donna de Varona – 77 years old (1947) – Olympic medal swimmer

Boyd Matson – 77 years old (1947) – Television anchor (TV’s “National Geographic Explorer”, NBC’s “Weekend Today”)

Giancarlo Esposito – 66 years old (1958) – Actor, director (TV, “Revolution”, “Breaking Bad”, “South Beach”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, movies “Bob Roberts”, “Do the Right Thing”, “School Daze”)

Roger Taylor – 64 years old (1960) – Drummer (Duran Duran)

Joan Chen – 63 years old (1961) – Actress (“The Last Emperor”, “Wild Side”, TV’s “Twin Peaks”)

Michael Damian – 62 years old (1962) – Actor, singer, producer (TV’s “The Young and the Restless”)

Debra Wilson – 62 years old (1962) – Comedienne (TV’s “MadTV”, “Uptown Comedy Jam”, “Scary Movie 4”, TV’s “The Proud Family”)

Jet Li – 61 years old (1963) – Actor (“Lethal Weapon 4,” “War”, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Hero”, “Kiss of the Dragon”, “Romeo Must Die”)

Kevin James – 59 years old (1965) – Actor (“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”, “The Dilemma”, “Grown Ups”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, “Here Comes the Boom”, “Hitch”, TV’s “The King of Queens”)

Marianne Jean-Baptiste – 57 years old (1967) – Actress (“Without a Trace”, “Secrets & Lies”)

Shane Evans – 54 years old (1970) – Drummer (Collective Soul)

T-Boz – 54 years old (1970) – Singer, songwriter (TLC)

Stana Katic – 46 years old (1978) – Actress (TV’s “Castle”, “Absentia”)

Jordana Brewster – 44 years old (1980) – Actress (“The Fast and the Furious,” TV’s “As the World Turns”)

Marnette Patterson – 44 years old (1980) – Actress (TV’s “Something So Right”)

Channing Tatum – 44 years old (1980) – Actor (“Dear John”, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, “Public Enemies”, “Magic Mike”, “White House Down”, “The Vow”, “Step Up”, “Step Up 2: The Streets”, “She’s the Man”)

Jessica Lynch – 41 years old (1983) – U.S. Army soldier (First successfully rescued POW since the Vietnam War and the first ever of a woman)



Alien Day

Get Organized Day

Hug an Australian Day

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

National Audubon Day

National Dissertation Day

National Help a Horse Day

National Kids and Pets Day

National Pretzel Day

National Richter Scale Day

National South Dakota Day

World Burlesque Day

World Intellectual Property Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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