April 26 – This day in history

It’s April 26, somewhere in the past

There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.

Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on all the April 26 in the past.

We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!

Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth.

Click here and we’ll take you for a detailed trip back in time in our Backspin section.  Our Backspin section takes you back in time highlighting all the biggest events of each year. We start Backspin in 1970 and go all the way to 1999. We’ve cataloged all the biggest news stories, top movies, TV shows, sporting events and more to help you remember everything you forgot or, help you learn something you didn’t know.

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The British established their first permanent American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia

1865 – The Army of Tennessee surrenders to Sherman during the Civil War.
1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
1900 – Charles Richter, the man who created the Richter scale which measures the size of earthquakes was born
1906 – Motion pictures were shown for the first time in Hawaii.
1921 – Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on the radio in St. Louis, MO.

1933 – Everyone’s favorite, Carol Burnett was born

1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established

1937 – LIFE magazine was printed without the word LIFE on the cover

1938 – The Rebel Rouser, Duane Eddy is born

1938 – Maurice Williams of doo-wop group The Zodiacs who had a hit in 1959 with “Stay” was born

1941 – The Chicago Cubs are the first Major League team to use an organ at a game. The tradition continues today

1942 – Teen heartthrob and rock n’ roll star of the 50s, Bobby Rydell was born

1943 – Musician Gary Wright (Dream Weaver) was born

1944 – Musical icon, visionary, producer, writer, musician Giorgio Moroder was born

1945 – The traitorous leader of France’s Vichy regime during World War II was arrested for treason. He helped, aided and collaborated with the Nazi’s during the war.

1954 – LIFE magazine features Grace Kelly on the cover

1958 – The very talented actor/producer Giancarlo Esposito was born

1960 – Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor was born

1961 – Actress Joan Chen was born

1962 – Soap opera star (The Young and the Restless) and singer Michael Damian was born

1962 – NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.

1963 – Jet Li, the amazing martial arts actor was born

1964 – Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania in Africa.

1964 – The Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title and would go on to win two more before their streak finally came to an end

1965 – The King Of Queens, Kevin James was born

1967 – Without A Trace actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste

1968 – The U.S. exploded “Boxcar”, a 1.3 megaton nuclear device under the Nevada desert

1970 – Tionne Tenese Watkins or, as you may know her, T-Boz from the 90’s R&B group TLC was born

1970 – First Lady of the U.S, Melania Trump was born

1970 – The convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters beings

1975 – B.J. Thomas held the #1 position on Billboard’s pop charts with
“(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” It’s still the longest title for a #1 song on the charts

1977 – The iconic disco Studio 54 opened in New York

1980 – Actress Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious, As The World Turns) was born

1983 – U.S. soldier Jessica Lynch was the first woman and the first successfully rescued POW since the Vietnam War

1986 – Like China has done with COVID-19, Russia also covered up a devastating problem, the fourth reactor at Russia’s Chernobyl (now Ukraine) nuclear power plant exploded killing 31, injuring scores others and covered it up as radioactive contaminants spread across the world

1989 – The deadliest known tornado strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.
1989 – Lucille Ball passed, she was 77
1992 – NY Yankee slugger Aaron Judge was born
2009 – Th U.S. recognizes the seriousness of the N1H1 virus or “Swine Flu”. Estimates of 500 million to 1.4 billion people were infected. The ‘outbreak’ lasted about 20 months
2018 – Icon and disgraced actor/comedian/producer Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault