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Notable Historical Events for April 26th

1514Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1954Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins

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

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

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

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

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

1984President Reagan visits China

1814King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England

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

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Notable Birthdays on April 26th

1564William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon England, baptism, English playwright and poet

1963Jet Li, Beijing, Chinese actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed)

1711David Hume, Edinburgh, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature)

121Antonius Marcus Aurelius, Rome, Emperor of Rome (161-180)

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Notable Weddings on April 26th

1986Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay

1923English prince Albert Duke of York (George VI) (27) marries Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (22) at Westminster Abbey

1986Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

1992Rapper and record producer Ice Cube (22) weds Kimberly Woodruff

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Notable Divorces on April 26th

2004Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage

1994Actor Patrick Dempsey (28) divorces manager Rocky Parker after nearly 7 years of marriage

April 26th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on April 26th

1865John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27

2015Actress and TV personality Jayne Meadows, who often teamed with her husband Steve Allen, dies at 95

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