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1986 Ukraine Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 26th April 1986 : An explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown sending radioactivity into the atmosphere. The Radiation fallout spread throughout Europe The Chernobyl disaster is considered the largest nuclear accident in history. Find More What happened in 1986

1927 U.S.A. Mississippi Flooding 26th April 1927 : The Mississippi has now made over 150,000 homeless in 1927 due to flooding and in states as far away as Illinois the Government are to blow up dykes to relieve the flooding in New Orleans, this will mean some areas of farmland will be under water and the state troopers are to stop protests by local farmers and enforce the law.

1927 China Attacking Foreign Shipping 26th April 1927 : Following a series of attacks by China on foreign ships approaching Chinese waters , 3 British warships have attacked and disabled a number of Chinese gun batteries thought to be attacking both British and American shipping in the area.

1936 U.S.A. Unemployment 26th April 1936 : 5000 to 7000 unemployed joined in a mass demonstration to pressure legislators to provide a relief program for the many jobless around the country, meanwhile states around the country are blocking entry from those looking for work by placing police patrols on main roads , states including Colorado and California are just two of those pursuing this policy .

1949 Germany Berlin Blockade 26th April 1949 : Talks were underway to end the blockade imposed by Russia on Berlin with a meeting of Foreign Council Ministers and diplomats , and all are hoping some relief will come for the East-West cold war currently gripping Berlin and the rest of the world.

1954 U.S.A. Polio Vaccine 26th April 1954 : The New Polio Vaccine is given for the first time in a nation-wide polio vaccine test

1962 The Moon Ranger IV Crash Lands On Moon 26th April 1962 : The first US rocket lands on the moon Ranger IV three years after the first Russian landing of Lunik II in 1959.

1972 U.S.A. Anti Vietnam War Protest 26th April 1972 : Students protesting the continued war in Vietnam protested and caused some damage at Columbia University in New York and the University of Pennsylvania , In many other parts of the country protests were at military installations protesting the War in Vietnam.





1975 Great Britain Vote To Leave The EEC 26th April 1975 : In the run up to the national referendum on June 5th, the British Labour Party votes by almost 2-1 to leave the European Economic Community. In the national referendum in June British voters back the UK's continued membership of the European Economic Community with just over 67% of voters supporting the campaign to stay in the EEC, or Common Market.

1984 China Ronald Reagan 26th April 1984 : Ronald Reagan, has arrived in China for a six-day visit the first visit by an American president since Richard Nixon in 1972.

1989 Bangladesh Deadly Tornado Kills 1,300 26th April 1989 : A deadly tornado destroys all structures in an area of 2.3 sq mi in Saturia, Bangladesh leaving 80,000 homeless and a reported death toll of 1,300 making it one of the most deadly tornadoes in modern times.





1991 U.S.A. Tornado Andover, Kansas 26th April 1991 : A series of strong tornadoes struck parts of Kansas , with the most devastating hitting the town of Andover with wind speeds of over 260 mph. Hundreds of homes were destroyed with more than 30 twisters ripping through Kansas and 18 through Oklahoma

1996 U.S.A. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Auction 26th April 1996 : The Auction for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with 5000 items ranging from a presidential rocking chair to A BMW raised 34.5 million at Sothebys Auctioneers over 4 days


1997 U.S.A. Woolworth 26th April 1997 : Woolworths announces losses for the first quarter of the new fiscal year of $24 million, this followed $37 million in losses during the previous fiscal year. These losses forced the Woolworths chain to close its remaining discount stores before the end of the year ending over 130 years of history.

2000 U.S.A. Same Sex Couples Civil Unions 26th April 2000 : Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

2000 UK Illegal Immigration 26th April 2000 : As new measures to curb illegal immigration are implemented at ports on the South Coast the British Home Secretary, Jack Straw on a visit to view new tougher checking witnessed nine people being caught attempting to illegally enter the UK as he inspected immigration procedures in Dover.

2002 Germany Student Shooting Rampage 26th April 2002 : An expelled student ( Robert Steinhäuser ) went on a shooting rampage at the Johann Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany, killing 13 teachers, two students and a police officer before taking his own life. Robert Steinhäuser dressed in a black ninja-style outfit moved from classroom to classroom, shooting the teachers. According to students, he ignored them and aimed only for the teachers.

2005 Lebanon Syrian Troops Leave 26th April 2005 : Following pressure from the United Nations since the assassination of the Lebanese Prime minister earlier in the year. Syria has announced that all of its military forces have left Lebanon in line with United Nations demands. This ends nearly 30 years of Syrian Troops deployed in Lebanon.

2009 United States The U.S. declares a public health emergency ( Swine Flu ) 26th April 2009 : Responding to what health officials are fearing is the beginning of a global pandemic, American health officials have declared a public health emergency from the twenty cases of swine flu have been confirmed. Other nations have imposed travel bans or made plans to quarantine air travelers if more cases are confirmed in Mexico. Top flu experts have struggled to predict how dangerous the new A (H1N1) flu strain will be as it is becoming clear that they have received too little information on the Mexico outbreak. They cannot tell whether the virus has mutating into a more lethal strain, or is weakening.

2010 Mexico Mexico is upset by the Arizonan immigration law 26th April 2010 : The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has condemned Arizona's new immigration law, and described it as being discriminatory. The legislation will require Arizona police to question people about their immigration status if they suspect that they are there illegally. Calderón has warned that relations with the border state would suffer as a result. He has said he that would use all means at his disposal to defend the rights of Mexican nationals.

Ukraine 2011 Ukraine Ukraine Remembers Chernobyl Anniversary 26th April, 2011 : Ukraine held a memorial ceremony to remember the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion of the Chernobyl power plant. The Ukrainian and Russian presidents attended the ceremony at the site of the incident. The 1986 explosion and resulting radioactive gas sent across Europe made many people ill as well as causing thousands of injuries and deaths. The area is still uninhabitable by humans and there is nearly a twenty mile exclusion zone around the site.

Syria 2012 Syria Explosion in Hama Kills 70
26th April, 2012 : Syrian activists declared that over seventy people were killed after several houses were destroyed by a large explosion in Hama. The official state media said that only sixteen people had been killed and that the blast was in a house that had been used as a bomb factory by terrorist groups. Activists believed the explosion was a result of government shelling or a Scud missile attack.



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2013 United States Singer George Jones Dies

26th April, 2013 : Country singer George Jones died at the age of eighty-one. Jones had several hit songs between the 1950s and 1990s and was known for being married to Tammy Wynette and struggling with drugs and alcohol.