Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April 26
This is a list of selected April 26 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1925 – Paul von Hindenburg defeated Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election, becoming the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.||very long section, refimprove section|
|1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force in Nazi Germany, was established.||refimprove section|
|1937 – Spanish Civil War: The Bombing of Guernica by the Condor Legion of the Luftwaffe resulted in a devastating firestorm that caused widespread destruction and civilian deaths and inspired one of Pablo Picasso's most famous paintings.||refsection on both bolded articles|
|1956 – The SS Ideal X set sail from Port Newark in New Jersey as the part of world's first successful container shipping business.||Ideal X: stub; Container ship: refimprove section; Containerization: refimprove section + lead too short|
|1964 – Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania with Julius Nyerere as its first president.||refimprove section|
|1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco performed the world's first human open fetal surgery.||refimprove section|
|1982 – In one of the deadliest spree killings in modern history, South Korean police officer Woo Bum-kon killed a total of 57 people in one night, including himself.||refimprove section|
|1983 – Cold War: Replying to her letter in which she expressed her fears about the tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States, Soviet leader Yuri Andropov invited American schoolgirl Samantha Smith to visit Moscow, Leningrad and the Artek Young Pioneer camp.||appears on July 7|
|1986 – The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukrainian SSR, suffered a steam explosion, resulting in a fire, a nuclear meltdown, and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people around Europe.||refimprove section|
|2002 – Expelled student Robert Steinhäuser murdered 16 people and wounded seven others before committing suicide at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.||external links|
- 1478 – In a conspiracy to replace the Medici family as rulers of the Florentine Republic, the Pazzi family attacked Lorenzo de' Medici and killed his brother Giuliano during High Mass at the Florence Duomo.
- 1944 – World War II: U.S. Navy submarines began attacks on Japan's Take Ichi convoy as it sailed in waters between Taiwan and the Philippines, eventually sinking four vessels and killing over 4,000 troops.
- 1946 – In Naperville, Illinois, US, two passenger trains collided, leaving 45 people dead and some 125 injured.
- 1958 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue, one of the first major railway electrification systems in the United States, made its final Washington, D.C., to New York City run.
- 1970 – The World Intellectual Property Organization came into being when its charter entered into force.
- 1989 – A tornado struck the Manikganj District of Bangladesh, killing an estimated 1,300 people, making it the deadliest tornado in history.
- 1994 – Just prior to landing at Nagoya International Airport, the co-pilot of China Airlines Flight 140 inadvertently pushed the wrong button, causing the plane to crash and killing 264 of the 271 people on board.
- 1777 – American Revolutionary War: Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington (statue pictured) is claimed to have ridden forty miles through the night to warn militiamen under the control of her father that British troops were planning to invade Danbury, Connecticut.
- 1865 – U.S. Army soldiers cornered and fatally shot John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, in rural northern Virginia, ending a twelve-day manhunt.
- 1945 – World War II: Both the German and Polish–Soviet sides claimed victory as major fighting in the Battle of Bautzen ended.
- 1989 – An editorial was published in the People's Daily denouncing the growing unrest in Tiananmen Square, which would remain contentious through the remainder of the protests.
- 2007 – Controversy surrounding the relocation of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn, a Soviet Red Army World War II memorial in Tallinn, Estonia, erupted into mass protests and riots.