Thursday, April 26. There are 249 days left in 2012. Here’s what we have that I found interesting that occurred on this day in history:
John Wilkes Booth
1607 – English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1805 – First Barbary War: United States Marines captured Derne under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon.
1865 – American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also the date of Confederate Memorial Day for most states.
1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.
1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
1945 – World War II: Filipino troops of the 66th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL and the American troops of the 33rd and 37th Infantry Division, United States Army was liberated inBaguio City and they fought against the Japanese forces under by General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
1946 – Naperville train disaster kills 47.
1956 – SS Ideal X, the world’s first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
1958 – Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad‘s Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
1962 – NASA‘s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
1965 – A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting.
1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world’s first human open fetal surgery.
1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
1989 – People’s Daily publishes the People’s Daily editorial of April 26 which inflames the nascent Tiananmen Square protests
1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak’s end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year’s only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak).
2002 – Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
1933 – Carol Burnett, American comedian
1865 – John Wilkes Booth, American assassin (b. 1838)
1989 – Lucille Ball, American actress and comedian (b. 1911)
2005 – Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
2007 – Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive (b. 1921)