April 26 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici and kill Giuliano de’Medici in Florence

1920 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

1945 Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason

1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas

1986 World’s worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe

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.

Today’s Historical Events

757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I

1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights

1336 Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux

1467 The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy

1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici and kill Giuliano de’Medici in Florence

1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1564 William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

1607 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1954 “Seven Samurai”, Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

1967 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

1991 “Dinosaurs” premieres on ABC-TV

1992 “Growing Pains” final episode on ABC TV

1992 “Who’s The Boss” final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

1993 NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman on “Late Night”

1994 TV series “Due South” about Canadian Mounties starring Paul Gross premieres in Canada

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1835 Frederic Chopin‘s “Grand Polonaise Brillante” premieres in Paris

1855 Composer Gioachino Rossini leaves Italy

1936 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony

1947 “Bless the Bride” musical opens in London

1965 Charles Ives‘ 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer’s death

1967 “Hallelujah, Baby!” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances

1969 “Celebration” closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances

1969 “George M!” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1900 Newly renamed American League opener in Cleveland draws 6,500 (still as a minor league, was Western League)

1901 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (loses 10-6 at Baltimore Orioles)

1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play

1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)

1920 Husband and wife team Ludowika & Walter Jakobsson representing Finland, win the pairs skating gold medal at the Antwerp Olympics; Ludowika is the only German-born athlete at the Games

1920 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada’s 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match

1931 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years


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