Today in HisStory – April 26

Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn. (1514)

First permanent English colony in American landed at Cape Henry, Virginia. (1607)

Alexander Duff, Scottish missionary to India, was born. (1806)

Dan Sickles was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This was the first time this defense was used successfully in the US. (1859)

US Civil War: Confederate General J.E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee at Durham, North Carolina. (1865)

John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, was killed. (1865)

Minnesota observed a statewide day of prayer asking for deliverance from a plague of grasshoppers ravishing their farms. The plague ended soon after. (1877)

Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis held a “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies, and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. (1920)

Coal mine explosion killed 1,549 in Honkeiko, Manchuria. (1942)

WW2: Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime, was arrested for treason. (1945)

Vietnam War: Allies met for the beginning of the Geneva Conference to discuss the grow of communism in North Vietnam. (1954)

Nationwide test of Salk’s anti-polio vaccine began. (1954)

Students seized the administration building at Ohio State. (1968)

Argentina surrendered to Great Britain on South Georgia Island near the Falkland Islands. (1982)

World’s worst nuclear accident happened at the Chernobyl nuclear plant near Kiev in Ukraine, (1986)

Actress Lucille Ball died. (1989)


About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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