1500s / 16th century history on the 26th of April

1564 : William Shakespeare the playwright was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. He’s actual date of birth is unknown (died in 1616 aged 52).

William Shakespeare: Legendary Wordsmith – Fast Facts (History verified video)
1800s / 19th century history on the 26th of April

1803 : Meteor fragments fell from the skies of L’Aigle, France, in thousands of pieces. This event convinced European scientists that meteors exist.

1900s / 20th century history on the 26th of April

1916 : Eyvind Earle the American artist was born in Manhattan, New York (died in 2000 aged 84). He was best known for illustrating Disney’s animated films during the 1950s. Eyvind Earle’s official website : EyvindEarle.com

Eyvind Earle | Disney Legends Ceremony 2015 Expo : Eyvind Earle officially became a Disney Legend (The DiS video)

1940 : Giorgio Moroder the Italian musician was born in Urtijëi, South Tyrol, Kingdom of Italy. He was dubbed the “Father of Disco” for pioneering euro disco and electronic dance music.

Exclusive Interview with Giorgio Moroder (Adult Swim verified video)

1942 : Bobby Rydell the American singer was born Robert Louis Ridarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

1943 : Gary Wright the American musician was born in Cresskill, New Jersey, USA.

Dream Weaver live featuring Gary Wright with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band performing at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California in 2008 (Garry Wright Official video)

1945 : Dick Johnson the Australian racing driver was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

1956 : Koo Stark the American actress and photographer was born in New York City, USA.

1960 : Roger Taylor the English drummer from Duran Duran was born in Nechells, Birmingham, England.

Duran Duran’s “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” : Roger Taylor Edit (Duran Duran verified video)

1962 : NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashed into the Moon.

Ranger Four Hits Moon And Saturn Fired AKA Ranger Rocket Hits Moon in 1962 (British Pathé verified video)

1963 : Jet Li the Chinese-Singaporean actor and martial artist was born Li Lianjie in Beijing, China.

1976 : Sid James the South African-English actor died due to a heart attack aged 62 (born in 1913).

Sid James interviewed by Michael Parkinson at Royal film premier in 1971 (Thames TV video)

1980 : Channing Tatum the American actor was born in Cullman, Alabama, USA.

1984 : Count Basie the American pianist died of pancreatic cancer aged 79 (born in 1904).

1986 : The Chernobyl disaster occurred in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Chernobyl Disaster 1986: What really happened? (On Demand News verified video)

1989 : Daulatpur–Saturia tornado hit Central Bangladesh, killing over 1,300, injuring 12,000, and making 80,000 people homeless. It was the deadliest tornado in the history of Bangladesh.

1989 : Lucille Ball the American actress died aged 77 (born in 1911). Her death was caused by an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Tragic Things You Didn’t Know About Lucille Ball (Grunge verified video)

1994 : China Airlines Flight 140 crashed at Nagoya Airport in Japan, and resulted in the death of 264 people on board, but 7 people survived.

2000s / 21st century history on the 26th of April

2011 : Phoebe Snow the American musician died aged 60 (born in 1950). Her death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage in January 2010, when she slipped into a coma, with episodes of blood clots, pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

Poetry Man performed by Phoebe Snow in 1989 (video)

2018 : Bill Cosby the American comedian was found guilty of sexual assault.

2019 : Avengers: Endgame was released, and became Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film, after becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, which surpassed Avatar, the previous box office record holder.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame – Official Trailer (verified video)

Today in History for April 26th by Associated Press

The video includes the Chernobyl nuclear accident, President Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth was killed, Guernica bombed in the Spanish Civil War, Vermont enacted same-sex civil unions, and TV star Lucille Ball died…

Today in History for April 26th (Associated Press verified video uploaded in 2021)

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