April 26: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1607 - English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry,Virginia.
- 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 Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.
- 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.
- Famous Birthdays: Eugène Delacroix (French painter), Frederick Law Olmsted (American journalist and landscape designer, co-designed Central Park), Owen Willans Richardson (English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Charles Francis Richter (American seismologist and physicist), Michael Smith (English-Canadian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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