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Births for April 26


  • 121 Antonius Marcus Aurelius, (Marcus A Verus), Emperor of Rome (161-180)
  • 1319 Jan II, the Good, king of France (1350-64)
  • 1538 Giovanni P Lomazzo, Italian writer/poet (Trattato)
  • 1573 Marie de'Medici, Queen of France
  • 1648 Pedro II, King of Portugal (1683-1706)
  • 1711 David Hume, England, empiricists/philospher (Treatise of Human Nature
  • 1718 Esek Hopkins, US, 1st commander-in-chief (US Navy)
  • 1776 Joan M Kemper, lawyer (designed civil code law book)
  • 1782 Maria Amalia van Bourbon-Sicily, wife of Lodewijk Filips of Austria
  • 1785 John James Audubon, Haiti, bird watcher/artist
  • 1796 Auguste-Matthieu Panseron, composer
  • 1798 Ferdinand-Victor Eug‚ne Delacroix, painter
  • 1812 Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant
  • 1820 Alice Cary, Cincinnati, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel)
  • 1822 Frederick Law Olmsted, architect/writer (designed Central Park)
  • 1822 Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist
  • 1827 Charles Edward Hovey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1834 Artemus Ward, (Charles Farrar Browne), humorist
  • 1836 Erminnie Adelle Platt, US, ethnologist (Iriquois-English Dictionary)
  • 1838 John Wilkes Booth, actor/assassin (Pres Lincoln), died in 1865
  • 1839 Cyrus Hamblin, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
  • 1860 Alphonse M A J Ari‰ns, Dutch pastor
  • 1863 Charles Haslewood Shannon, lithographer/painter
  • 1868 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere/Newspaper publisher
  • 1868 Robert Herrick, US writer (Common lot)
  • 1875 Syngman Rhee, South Korea, statesman (1957 Freedom Award)
  • 1879 Owen Williams Richardson, England, physicist (Nobel 1928)
  • 1880 Mikhail Fokine, Russia, choreographer/founder of modern dance
  • 1884 Harry Sothern, actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers)
  • 1888 Aleksandr Mikhailov, USSR, astronomer
  • 1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria, philosopher (Tractatus)
  • 1893 Anita Loos, author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
  • 1895 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's Deputy Fhrer, only prisoner at Spandau
  • 1898 Edward PF Eagan, Denver, boxer (Oly-gold-20)/bobsledder (Oly-gold-32)
  • 1898 John Grierson, documentary film maker
  • 1898 Vicente Aleixandre, Spain, writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977)
  • 1899 Guinn Williams, Decatur Tx, actor (Big Boy-Circus Boy)
  • 1900 Charles Richter, Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
  • 1900 James Sutherland, English literature scholar
  • 1903 Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall
  • 1903 Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • 1904 Paul E "Cardinal" Leger, archbishop of Montreal
  • 1904 William "Count" Basie, jazz pianist
  • 1905 Charles K Feldman, (Gould), NYC, producer (Casino Royale)
  • 1905 Jean Vigo, France, actor/director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante)
  • 1906 Gracie Allen, Mrs George Burns, comedienne (George Burns Show)
  • 1907 Theun de Vries, writer (February; PC Hooft prize 1981)
  • 1910 Johan Thorn, writer/journalist/resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper)
  • 1912 A(lfred) E(lton) van Vogt, Canada, sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn)
  • 1914 Bernard Malamud, US, novelist (Fixer, Natural)
  • 1914 Charlie Chester, comedian
  • 1914 Wilfrid Meilers, composer
  • 1916 Morris L West, Australia, novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman)
  • 1917 Ieoh Ming "I.M." Pei, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
  • 1917 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher, 8th all-time won-lost pct
  • 1918 Fanny Blankers-Koen, Holland, 100m/200m dash, Hurdler (Olym-gold-1948
  • 1918 Prof Jack Morpurgo, American Literature scholar (Leeds University)
  • 1918 Stafford Repp, Calif, actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman)
  • 1920 Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
  • 1921 Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City & Guilds Institute)
  • 1921 Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
  • 1921 Margaret Gowing, professor of history of science
  • 1922 James Holt, medieval historian
  • 1922 Jeanne Sauve, 1st female Governor-General (Canada, 1984-90)
  • 1922 Margaret Scott, founder (Australian Ballet School)
  • 1922 Mike Kellin, Hartford Ct, actor (Honestly Celeste, Fitz & Bones)
  • 1922 Pol Bury, Belgian speed artist
  • 1923 Oliver Millar, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures
  • 1924 Russell Nype, Zion Ill, singer/actor (Burton Farley-Dorothy)
  • 1926 David Coleman, sports commentator
  • 1926 Michael Joughin, CEO (Scottish Hydro-Electric)
  • 1926 Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
  • 1927 Anne McLaren, biologist/zoologist
  • 1927 Jack Douglas, comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show)
  • 1928 Gordon Downey, British Comptroller General/Reader Rep (Independent)
  • 1930 Derek Waring, actor
  • 1930 Justin Gosling, principal (St Edmund Hall Oxford)
  • 1930 Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1933 Carol Burnett, San Antonio Tx, comedian/actress (Annie, 4 Seasons)
  • 1934 J Micheal McCloskey, environmentalist, Sierra Club chairman
  • 1936 Edward Cazalet, British High Court Judge
  • 1937 Robert Boozer, Omaha Neb, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938 Duane Eddy, Phoenix, Az, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
  • 1938 Willie Wood, bowler
  • 1939 Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
  • 1941 John Battle, MP
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell, Phila Pa, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie)
  • 1942 Claudine Auger, Paris France, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball
  • 1943 Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • 1944 David O'B Martin, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
  • 1944 Martha Rockwell, Providence RI, skier
  • 1947 Donna Elizabeth De Varona, Greenwich Ct, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64)
  • 1948 Gerry Sikorski, (Rep-D-MN, 1983- )
  • 1948 Stevie Nicks, Calif, rocker/druggie (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours)
  • 1950 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • 1951 Lynne Jones, MP
  • 1956 Koo Stark, (Kathleen Dee-Anne), photographer/actress (Emily)
  • 1958 Johnny "Earl of" Dumfries, racing driver
  • 1960 Roger Taylor, rock drummer (Duran, Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • 1961 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1962 Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
  • 1962 Michael Damian, San Diego, singer (Rock on)/actor (Young & Restless)
  • 1964 Tod Bass, LA Calif, actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
  • 1966 Andrea Temesvari, Hungary, tennis player (US Clay 1983, 1984)


Passings for April 26


  • 757 Stephen II, (III/Orsini?), Pope (752-57), dies
  • 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies
  • 1558 Jean Fran‡ois Fernel, French physician, dies
  • 1726 Jeremy Collier, historian/opponent to theater
  • 1865 John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead at 27 near Bowling Green V
  • 1910 Bjírnstjerne Bjírnson, Norwegian writer (Mary, Nobel 1903), dies
  • 1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indies genius (ã/Notebooks), dies at 32
  • 1938 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
  • 1940 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies
  • 1941 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiology, dies at 74
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1964 Edwin John Pratt, poet/literature professor
  • 1964 Pieter Van de Line, geologist (Keienboek), dies at 93
  • 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1980 Cicely Coutneidge, actress, dies
  • 1981 Jim Davis, actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • 1981 Madge Evans, TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic-gold-1924, 28), dies
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, composer, dies at 81
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, actor, dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, actress, dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • 1984 William "Count" Basie, jazz piano great, dies on 80th birthday
  • 1986 Broderick Crawford, actor (Highway Patrol), dies at 74
  • 1989 Lucille Ball, comedienne/actress dies at 78 of a massive heart attack
  • 1990 Carlos Pizarro, Colombian presidents candidate, murdered
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, US actress (Jessie-General Hospital), dies


Special events for April 26


  • 757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I
  • 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo & kill Giuliano de'Medici
  • 1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
  • 1564 William Shakespeare baptized
  • 1607 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va
  • 1654 Jews are expelled from Brazil
  • 1777 Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia
  • 1803 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France
  • 1814 King Louis XVIII lands on Calais, from England
  • 1819 Odd Fellows Lodge established
  • 1841 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing
  • 1861 G Schiaparelli discovers asteroid #69 Hesperia
  • 1865 A De Gasparis discovers asteroid #83 Beatrix
  • 1865 Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro)
  • 1865 Battle of Ft Tobacco, VA
  • 1865 Gen Joseph E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, NC
  • 1876 J Perrotin discovers asteroid #163 Erigone
  • 1884 J Palisa discovers asteroid #236 Honoria
  • 1887 Huntsville Electric Co established to sell electricity
  • 1904 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
  • 1906 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
  • 1907 Jamestown, Va Tercentenary Exposition opens
  • 1908 J H Metcalf discovers asteroid #756 Lilliana
  • 1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
  • 1913 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF
  • 1913 Sun Yet San announces revolt against pres Yuan Shikai in China
  • 1917 M Wolf discovers asteroid #868 Lova
  • 1920 H Shapley & H.D. Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae
  • 1923 Duke of York (King George VI) marries Elizabeth Lyon
  • 1925 Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for "So big"
  • 1926 Germany & Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
  • 1926 Karachai Autonomous Region established in RSFSR (until 1943)
  • 1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
  • 1929 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
  • 1933 Jewish students are barred from school in Germany
  • 1937 German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
  • 1938 Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
  • 1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1941 Potatoes rationed in Holland
  • 1941 Y Vaisala discovers asteroid #2091 Sampo
  • 1942 Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria
  • 1944 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
  • 1947 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • 1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • 1950 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • 1951 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
  • 1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • 1952 US minesweeper "Hobson" rams aircraft carrier "Wasp," kills 176
  • 1954 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
  • 1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
  • 1957 Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • 1959 Cuba invades Panama
  • 1961 French Army revolt fails
  • 1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
  • 1962 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
  • 1962 Ranger 4 crash lands on Moon
  • 1962 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
  • 1962 US/UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload
  • 1964 Boston beats SF, 4 games to 1, for 6th straight NBA championship
  • 1964 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • 1966 Arnold "Red" Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
  • 1967 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • 1968 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar", 1 megaton device
  • 1971 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • 1971 SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • 1973 2 Gentlemen of Verona, musical opens in London
  • 1974 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
  • 1974 Malta adopts constitution
  • 1975 Penguins 0-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Isles win series 4-3
  • 1976 Felix Aguilar Observatory discovers asteroid #3649
  • 1977 NY's famed disco Studio 54 opens
  • 1978 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • 1980 Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy
  • 1980 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120'
  • 1980 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • 1982 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
  • 1982 CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio
  • 1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
  • 1983 Bruins 2-Isles 5-Wales Conf Championship-Isles hold 1-0 lead
  • 1983 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1200 for 1st time
  • 1983 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
  • 1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens
  • 1984 Pres Reagan visits China
  • 1986 Actor/bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver
  • 1986 Worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl USSR, 31 die
  • 1989 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • 1989 Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany
  • 1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
  • 1990 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
  • 1990 NY court of appeals ends 2« year legal battle over 1988 America's
  • 1991 "Dinosaurs" premiers on ABC-TV
  • 1991 23 killed in Kansas & Okla by tornadoes
  • 1992 "Jolly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia theater on Broadway
  • 1992 "Who's The Boss," final episode after 8 years
  • 1992 Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously
  • 1992 Final episode of "Growing Pains" airs
  • 1992 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
  • 1993 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
  • 1993 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman


Songs for date April 26


  • 04/26/45 --- I'm Beginning To See The Light (Fitzgerald, Ella)
  • 04/26/45 --- Caldonia (Herman, Woody)
  • 04/26/45 --- Chloe (Jones, Spike)
  • 04/26/45 --- Laura (Martin, Freddy)
  • 04/26/69 --- Atlantis (Donovan)
  • 04/26/69 --- Grazing In The Grass (Friends Of Distinction)
  • 04/26/69 --- These Eyes (Guess Who)
  • 04/26/69 --- Gitarzan (Stevens, Ray)
  • 04/26/75 --- Sister Golden Hair (America)
  • 04/26/75 --- Cut The Cake (Average White Band)
  • 04/26/75 --- I'm Not Lisa (Colter, Jessi)
  • 04/26/75 --- When Will I Be Loved (Ronstadt, Linda)
  • 04/26/80 --- Rose, The (Midler, Bette)
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