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This Day in History: April 26

April 26: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1607 - English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry,Virginia.
  2. 1803 - Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L'Aigle, France; the event convinces European science that meteors exist.
  3. 1865 - Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.
  4. 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.
  5. 1962 - NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
  6. 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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