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On This Day — April 26th

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April 26th is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 249 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1478 – In a conspiracy to replace the Medici family as rulers of the Florentine Republic, the Pazzi family attacked Lorenzo de’ Medici and killed his brother Giuliano during High Mass.

1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (date of actual birth is unknown).

1607 – English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.

1865 – U.S. Army soldiers cornered and fatally shot John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in rural northern Virginia, ending a twelve-day manhunt.

1958 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Royal Blue, one of the first major electric trains in the U.S., made its final run.

1970 – The World Intellectual Property Organisation came into being when its convention entered into force.

1994 – Just prior to landing at Nagoya International Airport, the copilot of China Airlines Flight 140 inadvertently pushed the wrong button, causing the plane to crash and killing 264 of the 271 people on board.

Celebrity Birthdays

Actor Star Jet Li turns 55

Comedian Kevin James turns 53

WWE Superstar Kane turns 51

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump turns 48

Movie Star Channing Tatum turns 38

Actress Jordana Brewster turns 38

 

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