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On this day in history, April 26

A general view of the sarcophagus that covers the Ukraine''s Chernobyl nuclear power plant''s fourth reactor November 16, 2000 destroyed as a result of the April 26,1986 explosion. (Yuri Kozyrev, Getty Images)
A general view of the sarcophagus that covers the Ukraine''s Chernobyl nuclear power plant''s fourth reactor November 16, 2000 destroyed as a result of the April 26,1986 explosion. (Yuri Kozyrev, Getty Images)
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Updated: 4/26/2013 12:35 pm
1478 – The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence.

1721 – A massive earthquake devastates the Iranian city of Tabriz.

1803 – Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L'Aigle, France; the event convinces European science that meteors exist.

1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Boothassassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.

1923 – The Duke of York weds Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.

1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.

1945 – World War IIBattle of Bautzen – last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.

1946 – Naperville train disaster kills 47.

1954 – The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins.

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.

1962 – NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.

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.

1966 – A new government is formed in the Republic of Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye.

1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.

1982 – 57 people are killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in Gyeongsangnam-doSouth 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.

1989 – People's Daily publishes the People's Daily editorial of April 26 which inflames the nascent Tiananmen Square protests

1994 – China Airlines Flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan, killing 264 of the 271 people on board.
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