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On April 26th, 1986, the world's
worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl
in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire killed
at least 31 people and sent radioactivity into
On this date:
In 1607, an expedition of English
colonists, including Captain John Smith, went
ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, to establish the
first permanent English settlement in the Western
In 1865, John
Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln,
was surrounded by federal troops near Bowling
Green, Virginia, and killed.
seismologist Charles Richter, who devised the
earthquake-measuring scale that bears his name,
was born in Hamilton, Ohio.
In 1937, planes
from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of
Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
In 1945, Marshal
Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy
government during World War Two, was arrested.
In 1961, Roger
Maris of the New York Yankees hit the first of a
record 61 home runs in a single season.
In 1964, the
African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged
to form Tanzania.
In 1968, the
United States exploded beneath the Nevada desert
a one-megaton nuclear device called
In 1970, the
Broadway musical "Company" opened at
the Alvin Theatre in New York.
In 1980, following
an unsuccessful attempt by the United States to
rescue the US Embassy hostages in Iran, the
Tehran government announced the captives were
being scattered to thwart any future rescue
Ten years ago:
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, leader of
the right-wing Likud bloc, was chosen to form a
new government after Labor Party leader Shimon
Peres failed in his attempt to form a coalition.
Five years ago:
One week after the Oklahoma City bombing,
Americans observed a minute of silence in honor
of the victims.
One year ago: The
head of the International Committee of the Red
Cross, Cornelio Sommaruga, met with three US
soldiers held captive by Yugoslavia. BBC
anchorwoman Jill Dando, the host of a
crime-fighting program, was fatally shot on the
steps of her London home.
individuality is despotism, by whatever name it
may be called."
John Stuart Mill, English political philosopher