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Notable Historical Events for April 26th

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

1966Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

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

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

1954Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins

1961Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

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

1514Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

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

1959Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open

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Notable Birthdays on April 26th

1822Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford, Connecticut, writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park)

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on April 26th

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

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

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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

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Notable Deaths on April 26th

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

1989Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

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