Famous birthdays, deaths and events of April 26
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) 1785 - John James Audubon, French-American naturalist and illustrator (d. 1851) 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 1929 - Richard Mitchell, American author and professor (d. 2002) 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
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.
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.