What Happened on April 26


Historical Events

1848 – Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region
1904 – Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
1925 – Artist Diego Rivera resigns from the Mexican Communist Party
1991 – 23 killed in Kansas and Oklahoma by tornadoes
2018 – Serial killer “Golden State Killer” identified after 40 years as a former police officer, responsible for 12 killings, 50 rapes in California
2022 – Russia says it will stop supplying gas to Poland and Bulgaria, after the countries refused to pay in rubles, escalating the energy supply standoff between Russia and Europe

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Famous Birthdays

1798 – Eugène Delacroix, French painter and etcher (Journal), born in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, Île-de-France, France (d. 1863)
1827 – Charles Edward Hovey, American lobbyist and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1897)
1863 – Charles Haslewood Shannon, English lithographer and painter, born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire (d. 1937)
1883 – Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), born in London, England (d. 1957)
1922 – Mike Kellin [Myron Kellin], American actor (Pipe Dream, American Buffalo), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
1981 – Caro Emerald [Caroline van der Leeuw], Dutch singer (“On A Night Like This”), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1660 – Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, German princess and consort of Brandenburg as the wife of George William, dies at 62
1944 – Violette Morris, French athlete and spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
1976 – Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
1986 – Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87
1989 – Lucille Ball, American comedienne and actress (I Love Lucy; Mame), dies of a heart attack at 77
1991 – Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler’s Dream), dies at 86

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