About April 26

April 26, 2021 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.

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Taurus is the sun 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.

What Happened On April 26

  • 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.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also the date of Confederate Memorial Day for most states.
  • 1865
    Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.
  • 1923
    The Duke of York weds Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.
  • 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.
  • 1926
    Spanish tonadilla singer Raquel Meller appears on the cover of Time magazine.
  • 1946
    Naperville train disaster kills 47.
  • 1958
    Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
  • 1960
    Forced out by the April Revolution, President of South Korea Syngman Rhee resigns after twelve years of dictatorial rule.
  • 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
    A new government is formed in the Republic of Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye.
  • 1970
    The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force.
  • 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.
  • 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
    China Airlines flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan, killing 264 of the 271 people on board.
  • 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 ( Syrian occupation of Lebanon ).

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