Today in History: April 26

Today in History: April 26

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0757

Stephen II ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

1478

Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo and kill Giuliano de' Medici.

1514

Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn.

1564

William Shakespeare is baptized.

1607

The British establish a colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.

1865

Joseph E. Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee to General William T. Sherman.

1915

Second Lieutenant William Rhodes-Moorhouse becomes the first airman to win the Victoria Cross after conducting a successful bombing raid.

1929

The first non-stop flight from England to India is completed.

1931

New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, the mistake ultimately costs him the home run record.

1937

The ancient Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain is bombed by German planes.

1941

The first organ is played at a baseball stadium in Chicago.

1968

Students seize the administration building at Ohio State University.

1983

The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for first time.

1986

The world's worst nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union.

1994

Nelson Mandela wins the presidency in South Africa's first multiracial elections.