April 26


1514 – Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

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

1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot 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.

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

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.



Bambi Linn 1926 – Dancer (“Oklahoma!”)

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

Duane Eddy 1938 – Musician

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

Claudine Clark 1941 – Musician (“Party Lights”)

Claudine Auger 1942 – Actress (“Thunderball”)

Bobby Rydell 1942 – Singer (“Wild One”, “Volare”, movie “Bye Bye Birdie”)

Gary Wright 1943 – Musician (“Dream Weaver”)

Donna de Varona 1947 – Olympic medal swimmer

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

Giancarlo Esposito 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 1960 – Musician (Duran Duran)

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

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

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

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

Kevin James 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 1967 – Actress (“Without a Trace”, “Secrets & Lies”)

Shane Evans 1970 – musician (Collective Soul)

T-Boz 1970 – Songwriter (TLC)

Stana Katic 1978 – Actress (TV’s Castle)

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

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

Channing Tatum 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 1983 – U.S. Army soldier (First successfully rescued POW since the Vietnam War and the first ever of a woman)



Administrative Professionals Day

Get Organized Day

Golf Day

Help a Horse Day

Hug an Australian Day

Hug a Friend Day

International Guide Dogs Day

National Kids and Pets Day

Pretzel Day

Richter Scale Day

Static Cling Day

World Stationery Day


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