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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of April 26


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Birthdays
  • 1564 - William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (d. 1616)
  • 1662 - Maria Luisa of Orleans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1689)
  • 1782 - Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies, queen of France (d. 1866)
  • 1787 - Ludwig Uhland, German poet (d. 1862)
  • 1886 - Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)
  • 1886 - Ðabdulla Tuqay, Tatar poet (d. 1913)
  • 1888 - Anita Loos, American writer (d. 1981)
  • 1894 - Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (d. 1987)
  • 1896 - Ernst Udet, WWI pilot and film actor
  • 1897 - Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
  • 1897 - Douglas Sirk, German-born film director (d. 1987)
  • 1898 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer
  • 1898 - John Grierson, Scottish filmmaker (d. 1972)
  • 1900 - Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)
  • 1910 - Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese movie producer and creator of Godzilla (d. 1997)
  • 1911 - Marianne Hoppe, German actress (d. 2002)
  • 1912 - A. E. van Vogt, Canadian writer (d. 2000)
  • 1914 - Bernard Malamud, American author (d. 1986)
  • 1914 - James W. Rouse, American investor (d. 1996)
  • 1916 - Morris West, Australian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1916 - Vic Perrin, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1917 - Sal Maglie, American baseball player (d. 1992)
  • 1918 - Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (d. 2004)
  • 1918 - Stafford Repp, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1925 - Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician
  • 1926 - David Coleman, British TV sports broadcaster
  • 1926 - Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (d. 2003)
  • 1927 - Jack Douglas, English actor
  • 1930 - Roger Moens, Belgian athlete
  • 1932 - Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • 1933 - Carol Burnett, American comedian
  • 1938 - Duane Eddy, American musician
  • 1938 - Maurice Williams, American singer (The Zodiacs)
  • 1940 - Giorgio Moroder, Italian composer
  • 1940 - Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer
  • 1941 - Claudine Clark, American R&B singer-composer
  • 1941 - John Mitchell, American composer
  • 1942 - Claudine Auger, French actress
  • 1942 - Bobby Rydell, American singer
  • 1943 - Gary Wright, American singer
  • 1947 - Warren Clarke, English actor
  • 1949 - Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1949 - Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1949 - Dominic Sena, American film director
  • 1955 - Mike Scott, American baseball player
  • 1956 - Koo Stark, American actress
  • 1958 - John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute
  • 1958 - Giancarlo Esposito, American actor
  • 1958 - Jeffrey Guterman, American mental health counselor
  • 1959 - John Corabi, American Musician
  • 1959 - Thanassis Papakonstantinou, Greek singer and songwriter
  • 1960 - Roger Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran)
  • 1960 - Steve Lombardozzi, American baseball player
  • 1961 - Joan Chen, Chinese-born actress
  • 1961 - Anthony Cumia, American radio personality (The Opie and Anthony Show)
  • 1961 - Chris Mars, American rock drummer (The Replacements)
  • 1962 - Colin Anderson, English footballer
  • 1962 - Michael Damian, American actor
  • 1962 - Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
  • 1963 - Colin Scotts, Australian-born American football player
  • 1965 - Kevin James, American comedian
  • 1966 - Yoshihiro Togashi, Mangaka who created YuYu Hakusho
  • 1967 - Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Academy Award nominated British actress
  • 1967 - Glen Jacobs, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 - Melania Trump, Slovenian model
  • 1970 - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
  • 1971 - Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
  • 1972 - Jason Bargwanna, Australian racing driver
  • 1972 - Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer
  • 1972 - Avi Nimni, Israeli Footballer
  • 1973 - Chris Perry, English footballer
  • 1974 - Ivana Milicevic, Croatian-American actress
  • 1974 - Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network)
  • 1975 - Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1975 - Nerina Pallot, British singer
  • 1976 - Vaclav Varada, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1977 - Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977 - Chris Johnston, Irish rugby player
  • 1977 - Tom Welling, American actor
  • 1978 - Avant, American singer
  • 1978 - Joe Crede, American baseball player
  • 1978 - Peter Madsen, Danish footballer
  • 1979 - Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1979 - Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
  • 1980 - Jordana Brewster, American actress
  • 1980 - Anna Mucha, Polish actress
  • 1980 - Channing Tatum, American actor
  • 1981 - Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
  • 1981 - Ms. Dynamite, English musician
  • 1982 - Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet
  • 1982 - Brock Gillespie, American basketball player
  • 1982 - Jon Lee, British singer (S Club)
  • 1982 - Cooper Wallace, National Football League tight end
  • 1983 - José María López, Argentine racing driver
  • 1983 - Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
  • 1984 - Lee Humphrey, American basketball player
  • 1984 - Mija Martina, Bosnian singer
  • 1985 - John Isner, American Tennis player
  • 1985 - Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer
  • 1987 - Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress


Deaths
  • 1476 - Simonetta Vespucci, inspiration of Botticelli (b.1453)
  • 1478 - Giuliano di Piero de' Medici, ruler of Florence (assassinated) (b. 1453)
  • 1489 - Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (b. 1465)
  • 1716 - John Somers, 1st Baron Somers
  • 1865 - John Wilkes Booth, American actor and assassin (shot) (b. 1838)
  • 1910 - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author
  • 1932 - William Lockwood, English cricketer (b. 1868)
  • 1936 - Tammany Young, American actor (b.1886)
  • 1944 - Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • 1945 - Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor (b. 1909)
  • 1956 - Edward Arnold, American actor (b. 1890)
  • 1957 - Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo (b. 1868)
  • 1964 - E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet born Newfoundland (b. 1882)
  • 1970 - Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • 1970 - Gypsy Rose Lee, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 1973 - Irene Ryan, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1976 - Sid James, South African-born British comedian (b. 1913)
  • 1980 - Cicely Courtneidge, English actress and comedian (b. 1893)
  • 1981 - Jim Davis, American actor (b. 1909)
  • 1984 - Count Basie, American musician and composer (b. 1904)
  • 1986 - Broderick Crawford, American actor (stroke) (b. 1911)
  • 1986 - Bessie Love, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1987 - Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • 1989 - Lucille Ball, American actress and comedian (b. 1911)
  • 1991 - Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • 1991 - Emily McLaughlin, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 1996 - Stirling Silliphant, American writer and producer (b. 1918)
  • 1999 - Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (b. 1957)
  • 1999 - Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • 2002 - Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer, (b.1983)
  • 2003 - Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • 2003 - Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004 - Hubert Selby Jr., American author (b. 1928)
  • 2005 - Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005 - Maria Schell, Swiss-Austrian actress (b. 1926)
  • 2005 - Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)
  • 2009 - Geir Hovig, 64, Norwegian radio host, after short illness.
  • 2013 - George Jones, American country music singer (b. 1931)

Events
  • 1467 - The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy.
  • 1478 - The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence.
  • 1607 - English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.
  • 1802 - Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture with the factions of the Ancien Regime and to eventually consolidate his own rule.
  • 1805 - United States Marines captured Derne, Tripoli under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
  • 1865 - American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina.
  • 1865 - Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, in Virginia.
  • 1925 - Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.
  • 1933 - The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
  • 1937 - Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain is bombed by German Luftwaffe.
  • 1945 - World War II: Battle of Bautzen
  • 1954 - The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins.
  • 1956 - First container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1962 - NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
  • 1963 - In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections.
  • 1964 - Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.
  • 1965 - A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting.
  • 1966 - An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent.
  • 1982 - 57 people are killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.
  • 1986 - In Ukraine, a nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
  • 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).
  • 1994 - A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashes at Nagoya Airport, Japan killing everyone on board, with a death toll amounting to 264.
  • 1994 - Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
  • 2002 - Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt,Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • 2005 - Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
  • 2007 - Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
  • 2012 - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.


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