What happened this day in history April 26

What are the important events that happened on April 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 26 is the 116th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 249 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 13, 2021 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 449,832 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectadecahexagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 281 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,048 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 26 Historical Events

  • 1336
    Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) ascends Mont Ventoux
  • 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.
  • 1933
    The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
  • 1945
    World War II: Battle of Bautzen – last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting.
  • 1982
    57 people are killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.
  • 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
    The deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.

Who were born on April 26?

  • 121
    Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (d. 180)
  • 570
    Muhammed, founder of Islam, according to the Shi'a sect. Other sources suggest April 20. (d. 632)
  • 1718
    Esek Hopkins, Commander of the US Navy during the Revolutionary War (d. 1802)
  • 1826
    George Hull Ward, American general (d. 1863)
  • 1918
    Stafford Repp, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1949
    Dominic Sena, American film director
  • 1958
    Jeffrey Guterman, American mental health counselor
  • 1960
    Roger Taylor, British musician (Duran Duran)
  • 1963
    Colin Scotts, Australian-born American football player
  • 1982
    Cooper Wallace, American football player

Who died on April 26?

  • 1489
    Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (b. 1465)
  • 1784
    Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder (b. 1718)
  • 1945
    Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general (b. 1871)
  • 1945
    Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor (b. 1909)
  • 1980
    Cicely Courtneidge, British actress and comedian (b. 1893)
  • 1986
    Bessie Love, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1986
    Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • 1987
    Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • 1991
    Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • 1991
    Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)

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