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2015Rare Honus Wagner Card Sells for $1.32 Million at Robert Edward Auctions

1984President Reagan visits China

1954The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

1959Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open

1975Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

1989Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany

1961Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

1966Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

1992Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

1514Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1990Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters

1848Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region

1982Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

1931Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

1991Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

1835Frederic Chopin's "Grand Polonaise Brillante" premieres in Paris

1954Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins

1814King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England

April 26th Historical Events
Date Event
757
Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I 
1220
German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights 
1336
Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux 
1467
The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy. 
1478
Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici & kill Giuliano de'Medici 
1514
Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn 
1532
Sultan Suleiman through Hungary on away to Vienna 
1607
1st British colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia 
1654
Jews are expelled from Brazil 
1655
Dutch West Indies Co denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam 
1677
Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck 
1755
1st Russian university opens (Moscow) 
1777
Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia 
1803
Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France 
1814
King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England 
1819
Odd Fellows Lodge forms 
1828
Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence 
1835
Frederic Chopin's "Grand Polonaise Brillante" premieres in Paris 
1841
"Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk 
1848
Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region 
1853
Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber 
1855
Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy 
1859
Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US 
1865
Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro) 
1865
Battle of Ft Tobacco, VA 
1865
Confederate Gen J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tenn, at Durham NC 
1887
Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity 
1890
Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London 
1893
1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms 
1900
AL opener in Cleve draws 6,500 
1904
Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms 
1904
John C Watson leads the first Labour Government of Australian when Alfred Deakin resigns; Watson himself will resign in August 
1904
General Kuroko leads the Japanese Army against the large Russian force at the Yalu river during the Russo-Japanese War 
1905
Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play 
1906
1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii 
1907
Jamestown, Va Tercentenary Exposition opens 
1912
1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox) 
1913
Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF 
1913
Sun Yet San calls for revolt against pres Yuan Shikai in China 
1915
Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia 
1920
Harlow Shapley & Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae, dalaxies and size of universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C. 
1925
Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for "So big" 
1926
Germany & Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty 
1926
Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943) 
1928
Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London 
1929
1st non-stop England to India flight lands 
1931
Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season 
1932
Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris 
1933
Jewish students are barred from school in Germany 
1935
Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years 
1936
Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 4th Symphony 
1937
German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain 
1938
Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks 
1941
A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs) 
1941
Potatoes rationed in Holland 
1942
Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria 
1942
Luftwaffe bombs Bath 
1944
1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down 
1944
Papandreou government in Greece forms 
1945
Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason 
1945
World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht. 
1947
"Bless the Bride" musical opens in London 
1950
Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run 
1950
U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82 
1951
Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum 
1952
Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman 
1952
US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176 
1954
Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva 
1954
Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins 
1954
The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released 
1956
First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas 
1957
Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens 
1959
Cuba invades Panama 
1959
Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open 
1961
French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria 
1961
Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961 
1962
1st Lockheed A-12 flies 
1962
Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite) 
1962
Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon 
1962
Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0 
1962
US/UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload 
1964
18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1 
1964
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship 
1964
Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar 
1965
Ives' 4th Symphony premieres 
1966
Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach 
1966
An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan 
1967
"Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 perfs 
1967
KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1967
San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch) 
1968
Students seize administration building at Ohio State 
1968
US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device 
1969
"Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances 
1969
"George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances 
1969
Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman 
1970
"Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances 
1971
Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs 
1971
SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy 
1971
Turkey state of siege proclaimed 
1973
"2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London 
1973
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1974
Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam 
1974
Malta adopts constitution 
1974
Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline & Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow & Upshaw 
1975
Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal 
1975
Penguins 0-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Isles win series 4-3 
1975
Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April 
1976
Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo 
1977
NY's famed disco Studio 54 opens 
1978
France sends troops to Chad 
1978
NASA launches space vehicle S-201 
1980
Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01) 
1980
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1980
Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy 
1980
Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120 feet 
1980
Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards) 
1981
"Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances 
1981
Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
1982
Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island 
1982
CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio 
1982
Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time 
1982
Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche 
1983
Bruins 2-Isles 5-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 1-0 lead 
1983
Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time 
1983
San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game 
1984
Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens 
1984
President Reagan visits China 
1986
Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman 
1986
France performs nuclear test 
1986
Game between Angels & Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds 
1986
World's worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, contamination reach much of Western Europe 
1987
"Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 perfs 
1988
1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories 
1988
NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season 
1988
NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st) 
1989
AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201 
1989
Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany 
1990
"Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances 
1990
126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China 
1990
Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle 
1990
NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case 
1990
Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters 
1991
"Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV 
1991
23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes 
1991
Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics 
1992
"Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 perfs 
1992
"Growing Pains" final episode on ABC TV 
1992
"Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances 
1992
"Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances 
1992
"Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 13 performances 
1992
"Who's The Boss" final episode after 8 years on ABC TV 
1992
Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously 
1992
Maggie Will wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic 
1992
Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base 
1993
"Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 266 perfs 
1993
Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56 
1993
NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman 
1993
STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit 
1994
26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temp record) 
1994
Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed 
1994
1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote 
1994
Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle. 
1995
Baseball season begins after lengthy strike 
1995
Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings 
1996
Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H 
1996
Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million 
1997
"Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC 
2002
Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot. 
2005
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. 
2007
Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district 
2012
70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama 
2012
Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California 
2013
30 people are killed after a bus crashes following a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan 
2015
Rare Honus Wagner Card Sells for $1.32 Million at Robert Edward Auctions 
2016
Sales soar for late singer Prince as his music tops Billboard charts 
2016
John Ridsdel: Hostage from Canada killed in Philippines 
2017
US moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests 
2017
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season 
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