Today in History - April 26

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121        Apr 26, Antonius Marcus Aurelius, [Marcus A. Verus], Emperor of Rome (161-180), was born. [see Apr 20]
    (MC, 4/26/02)

757        Apr 26, Stephen II ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1319        Apr 26, Jean II, the Good, king of France (1350-64), was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1476        Apr 26, Simonetta Vespucci (b.~1453), nicknamed la bella Simonetta, died. She was an Italian Renaissance noblewoman from Genoa, the wife of Marco Vespucci of Florence. She also is alleged to have been the mistress of Giuliano de' Medici, Lorenzo the Magnificent's younger brother. She was renowned for being the greatest beauty of her age - certainly of the city of Florence.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simonetta_Vespucci)

1478        Apr 26, Pazzi conspirators attacked Lorenzo de'Medici but killed Giuliano de'Medici (~24), Medeheerser of Florence.
    (HN, 4/26/98)(MC, 4/26/02)

1514        Apr 26, Nicholas Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn. Copernicus later proposed that the sun is stationary and that the earth and the planets move in circular orbits around it.
    (HN, 4/26/98)(BHT, Hawking, p.4)

1521        Apr 26, Magellan was killed in a fight with natives on Mactan Island. Magellan named the Mariana Islands Islas de los Ladrones (Islands of Thieves), and was killed by natives on Cebu. Juan Sebastian Elcano, Magellanís second in command, returned to Spain with 18 men and one ship, the Vittorio, laden with spices. His coat of arms was augmented in reward with the inscription Primus circumdisti me: "You were the first to encircle me." Some 50,000 Chamorro people populated the islands. [see Apr 27]
    (V.D.-H.K.p.177-178)(SFEC,11/10/96,Z1p.2)(TL-MB, p.12)(SFEC, 3/7/99,Z1 p.4)

1538        Apr 26, Giovanni P. Lomazzo, Italian writer, poet (Trattato), was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1558        Apr 26, Jean Francois Fernel, French physician, died.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1564        Apr 26, William Shakespeare was baptized.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1573        Apr 26, Marie de'Medici, Queen of France, was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1607        Apr 26, Ships under the command of Capt. Christopher Newport sought shelter in Chesapeake Bay. The forced landing led to the founding of Jamestown on the James River, the first English settlement. An expedition of English colonists, including Capt. John Smith, went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
    (NG, Sept. 1939, p.356) (AP, 4/26/98)(HN, 4/26/98)

1654        Apr 26, Jews were expelled from Brazil.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1655        Apr 26, Dutch West Indies Co. denied Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1703        Apr 26, Georg Christoph Leuttner (58), composer, died.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1711        Apr 26, David Hume (d.1776), Scottish historian and philosopher, was born. His work included the ďTreatise of Human Nature" and the 6-volume ďHistory of England." Use of the new calendar puts his birthday on May 7.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hume)

1717        Apr 26, Pirate Black Sam Bellamy died along with 143 others when their ship, the Whydah, sank off of Wellfleet, Cape Cod. 2 men on the Whydah survived as did 7 others aboard the Mary Anne, a smaller ship loaded with Madeira wine. The slave ship Whydah had just been captured by Bellamy in February as it left Ouidau, Benin, with a load of sugar and indigo as well as chests of silver and gold. 6 or the 9 survivors were later hanged for piracy in Boston. In 1984 the wreck of the ship was discovered by Barry Clifford.
    (SFC, 3/4/96, p.A4)(WSJ, 9/12/07, p.D9)

1718        Apr 26, Esek Hopkins, first U.S. commander-in-chief, was born.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1721        Apr 26, The smallpox vaccination was 1st administrated. Lady Mary Wortley Montegu had returned to England following a stay in Turkey with her ambassador husband. She had learned of a procedure to inoculate against smallpox and began a campaign to have the procedure established.
    (ON, 9/01, p.1)(MC, 4/26/02)

1726        Apr 26, Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1731        Apr 26, Daniel Defoe (~70), English author, died. His work included the novels "Robinson Crusoe," "Roxana" and the pamphlet "The Shortest Way With Dissenters."  In 1998 Richard West published the biography "Daniel Defoe: The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures."
    (WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A12)(MC, 4/24/02)(MC, 4/26/02)

1776        Apr 26, Joan M. Kemper, Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book), was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1777        Apr 26, Sybil Ludington (16) rode from NY to Ct rallying her fatherís militia.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1785        Apr 26, John James Audubon, American naturalist, bird watcher (ornithologist) and artist, was born in Haiti.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)(AP, 4/26/98)(HN, 4/26/98)

1798        Apr 26, Ferdinand Eugene Delacroix (d.1863), French painter, lithograph, etcher (Journal), was born.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix)

1812        Apr 26, Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant, was born.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1814        Apr 26, King Louis XVIII landed on Calais from England.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1819        Apr 26, The first Odd Fellow lodge (Independent Order of Odd Fellows or IOOF) was established in the U.S. in Baltimore, Md. They started in Great Britain with the purpose: "to relieve the brethren, bury the dead, and care for the widow and orphan."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)

1822        Apr 26, Frederick Olmstead, landscape architect, was born in Connecticut. His work included Yosemite Natíl. Park, Central Park in New York City (1858), and other city parks in Boston, Ma., Hartford, Ct., and Louisville, Ky.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)(SFC, 4/5/04, p.B5)

1827        Apr 26, Charles Edward Hovey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1828        Apr 26, Russia declared war on Turkey to support Greece's independence.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1834        Apr 26, Artemus Ward, (Charles Farrar Browne), humorist, was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1835        Apr 26, Frederic Chopinís "Grand Polonaise Brillante," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1855        Apr 26, Composer Gioacchino Rossini left Italy.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1856        Apr 26, Some 20 settlers of Honey Lake Valley, California, met at the cabin of Isaac Roop and formed "the independent Territory of Nataqua." They named the cabin Fort Defiance, chose Peter Lassen as their surveyor and selected Susanville, named after Roop's daughter, as the territorial capital.
    (SFC, 2/27/04, p.D4)

1865        Apr 26, Battle of Ft. Tobacco, VA.
    (MC, 4/26/02)
1865        Apr 26, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee at Durham, NC, to Union Gen. W.T. Sherman. Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick, his cavalry chief, Ďa hell of a damn fool.í At Monroeís Cross Roads, N.C., his carelessness and disobedience of orders proved Shermanís point.
    (HN, 4/26/98)(MC, 4/26/02)
1865        Apr 26, John Wilkes Booth (27) was tracked to a Virginia farm near Bowling Green, and shot in the neck by federal troops when he tried to escape from a burning barn. At some time prior to this Boothís leg was operated on by Dr. Samuel Mudd, ancestor of news commentator Roger Mudd, who obtained a presidential pardon for Dr. Muddís financial ruin. Dr. Mudd served time at the Fort Jefferson Prison in the Dry Tortugas. [see Apr 27]
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A8)(WP, 6/29/96, p.A16)(AP, 4/26/98)

1868        Apr 26, Robert Herrick, US writer (Common lot), was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1875        Apr 26, Syngman Rhee, Pres. of South Korea (1948-60), was born. [see Mar 26]
    (HN, 4/26/98)(MC, 4/26/02)

1880        Apr 26, Mikhail Fokine (d.1942), choreographer, founder of modern dance, was born in Russia.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1882        Apr 26, Jessie Redmon Fauset, author, was born. Fausetís work included: "There Is confusion," "Plum Bun," "The Chinaberry Tree," and ďAmerican Style."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)

1886        Apr 26, Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer, was born. [see Apr 3, 1888]
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1887        Apr 26, Huntsville Electric Co. was formed to sell electricity.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1888        Apr 26, Aleksandr Mikhailov, astronomer, was born in USSR.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1889        Apr 26, Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher (Tractatus), was born in Austria.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1893        Apr 26, Anita Loos, author and playwright, was born. Her work included: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "I Married an Angel," "San Francisco," "Saratoga," and "The Women."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.6)

1894        Apr 26, Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader, was born. He was the Hitler deputy who flew to England to negotiate an Anglo-German treaty.
    (HN, 4/26/99)(MC, 4/26/02)

1900        Apr 26, Charles Richter (1985), seismologist, was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He developed the Richter Scale for measuring the amplitude of earthquakes.
    (AP, 4/26/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Francis_Richter)
1900        Apr 26, Douglas Sirk (Detlef Sierck), film director, was born. His work included: "Imitation of Life," "A Time to Love & a Time to Die," "Tarnished Angels," "Written on the Wind," "Magnificent Obsession," and "First Legion."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)

1904        Apr 26, William "Count" Basie, jazz pianist (Policy Man, Blazing Saddles), was born. [see Aug 21]
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1906        Apr 26, Gracie Allen (Mrs. George Burns), comedienne (George Burns Show), was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1907        Apr 26, The Jamestown, Va., Tercentenary Exposition opened.
    (www.jamestown2007.org/past-1907.cfm)(Econ, 5/1/07, p.40)

1913        Apr 26, Sun Yet San called for revolt against Pres. Yuan Shikai in China.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1914        Apr 26, Bernard Malamud (d.1986), American novelist and short story writer (The Natural), was born. "Life is a tragedy full of joy." He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967. In 1997 "The Complete Stories" by Bernard Malamud was published.
    (AP, 5/26/97)(WSJ, 9/17/97, p.A12)(HN, 4/26/01)(MC, 4/26/02)
1914        Apr 26, James William Rouse, US builder of shopping malls, was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1915        Apr 26, Second Lieutenant Rhodes-Moorhouse became the first airman to win the Victoria Cross after conducting a successful bombing raid.
    (HN, 4/26/99)

1916        Apr 26, Morris L. West, novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), was born in Australia.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1917        Apr 26, Ieoh Ming Pei (IM Pei), architect (1961 Brunner Prize), was born in Canton, China. He designed the East Wing of the US National Gallery of Art.
    (WSJ, 2/20/97, p.A18)(www.archpedia.com/Architects/IM-Pei.html)

1920        Apr 26, Srinivasa Ramanujan (b.1887), Indian mathematician, died in India. In 1913 English mathematician G.H. Hardy recognized his brilliant work, and asked Ramanujan to study under him at Cambridge. In 2007 British playwright Simon McBurney created ďA Disappearing Number," for his theater group ďComplicite," based on Ramanujanís 5 years a Cambridge.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.76)

1921        Apr 26, The first weather news was aired by station WEW in St. Louis, Mo.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)

1923        Apr 26, English prince Albert (George VI) married lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1924        Apr 26, Teddy Edwards, tenor sax player, was born. He did "Me and My Lover."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1924        Apr 26, House Joint Resolution No. 184, The child labor amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age, was adopted by the US House of Representatives, with a vote of 297 yeas, 69 nays, 2 "present" and 64 not voting. It was then adopted by the Senate on June 2, 1924, with a vote of 61 yeas, 23 nays and 12 not voting. With that, the proposed constitutional amendment was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification pursuant to Article V of the Constitution. It was never ratified and in 2007 was still technically pending.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_labor_amendment)

1928        Apr 26, Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opened in London.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1929        Apr 26, First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1931        Apr 26, NBC Radio presented Lum and Abner for the first time. It came from the fictitious town of Pine Ridge and ran for 24 years. In 1936 Waters, Ark., changed its name to Pine Ridge.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1931        Apr 26, New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner, the mistake ultimately cost him the home run crown.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1932        Apr 26, Ed Wynn, the Texaco fire chief, was heard on radioís Texaco Star Theater for the first time. He demanded and got a live audience to react to his humor.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)

1933        Apr 26, Carol Burnett, comedian, actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), was born in San Antonio, Tx.
    (MC, 4/26/02)
1933        Apr 26, Jewish students were barred from school in Germany.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1936        Apr 26, Carol Burnett, actress, was born.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)

1937        Apr 26, The radio show "Lorenzo Jones" began over NBC Radio with Karl Swenson in the lead role. It ran to 1955.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.2)
1937        Apr 26, German planes from the Condor Legion--sent to Spain by Adolf Hitler to help fascist General Francisco Franco overthrow the communist Popular Front regime-- attacked the Basque town of Guernica in Spain. Bombs fell for three hours and escaping villagers were shot down by machine-gun fire from the air. The attack killed as many as 1,600-1,650 Basque civilians and injured 900. Although the alleged target was a bridge of military significance some distance from the town, dazed survivors described a merciless four-hour bombing and strafing attack by German pilots directed toward the village and its inhabitants. The Guernica atrocity became synonymous with the horror of modern warfare and inspired one of the 20th century's greatest works of art, Guernica, by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.2)(WSJ, 4/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 4/26/98) (HNPD, 4/26/99)

1938        Apr 26, Maurice Williams, singer and songwriter, was born. He was in the group Zodiacs and did the song "Stay."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1938        Apr 26, Duane Eddy, guitarist, was born. His songs included: "Rebel-írouser," "Forty Miles of Bad Road," ďBecause theyíre Young," " A Thunder of drums," "The Wild Westerners," "The Savage Seven," and "Kona Coast."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1938        Apr 26, Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1939        Apr 26, Following a period during which the Country Party leader, Sir Earle Page, was caretaker Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies (1894-1978) was elected Leader of the UAP and was sworn in as PM.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Menzies)

1941        Apr 26, First organ played at a baseball stadium, Chicago, Illinois.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1942        Apr 26,    Bobby Rydell (Ridarelli), singer, was born. His songs included: "Wild One," "We Got Love," and "Volare."
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1942        Apr 26, Luftwaffe bombed Bath.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1944        Apr 26, First B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

1945        Apr 26, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested. In 2001 Adam Nossiter authored "The Algeria Hotel: France, Memory and the Second World War." The Algeria Hotel had been headquarters for the Vichy governmentís anti-Jewish agency. Nossiter included accounts of the hangings at Tulle and the massacre of 642 people in Oradour. In 204 Robert O. Paxton authored ďVichy France: Old Guard and New Order."
    (AP, 4/26/98)(SSFC, 8/26/01, DB p.80)(Econ, 3/13/04, p.85)

1946        Apr 26,    Popular music of the day included: "Oh, What It Seemed to Be" by the Frankie Carle Orchestra with Marjorie Hughes; "Personality" by Johnny Mercer; "Day by Day" by Frank Sinatra; and "Guitar Polka" by Al Dexter.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)

1949        Apr 26, Look Magazine proclaimed that radio was "doomed" and that within 3 years television would completely overshadow it.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.2)

1951        Apr 26, Arnold Sommerfeld (b.1868), German theoretical physicist, died. He pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics. His atomic model permitted the explanation of fine-structure spectral lines.
    (www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Arnold_Sommerfeld)

1952        Apr 26, US minesweeper "Hobson" rammed the aircraft carrier "Wasp," and 176 were killed.
    (MC, 4/26/02)
1952        Apr 26, In Denmark the body of a man dating to the 3rd century BC was discovered in peaty swamp near the village of Grauballe, Jutland. Upon excavation it was moved to the Prehistoric Museum in Aarhus, where it underwent research and conservation.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grauballe_Man)(SSFC, 8/10/14, p.L6)

1954        Apr 26, Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine began. [see Feb 23]
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1955        Apr 26, Popular music of the day included: "Melody of Love" by Billy Vaughn; "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado; and "In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce. Jailhouse stayed at No. 1 for 21 weeks. Cherry Pink, sung by Alan Dale (d.2002 at 73), stayed on the charts for 30 weeks.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)(SFC, 4/25/02, p.A24)(SFC, 11/27/03, p.A24)

1957        Apr 26, Jamestown, Va., 350th Anniversary Festival opened.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1959        Apr 26, The Panamanian government reported 'suppression' of attempted guerilla invasion from Cuba.
    (DBD, p.824)

1961        Apr 26, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit the first of a record 61 home runs in a single season; the homer was off Detroit's Paul Foytack at Tiger Stadium.
    (AP, 4/26/99)
1961        Apr 26, French paratroopers' revolt was suppressed in Algeria.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1964        Apr 26, Popular music of the day included: "Canít Buy Me Love" by The Beatles; "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles; Do You Want to Know a Secret" by The Beatles; and "Understand Your Man" by Johnny Cash. (Oh?)
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1964        Apr 26, The Boston Celtics won an unprecedented 6th consecutive NBA championship. They ran the string to 8 over the next 2 years.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.2)
1964        Apr 26, The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
    (AP, 4/26/98)

1968        Apr 26, The US Social Security Administration (SSA) convened an interagency meeting of technical staff from Federal agencies with an interest in poverty. SSA personnel presented to the group their proposal to use the revised food plans to recalculate the poverty and low income thresholds, and the group agreed to the proposal.
    (www.ssa.gov/history/fisheronpoverty.html)
1968        Apr 26, Students seized administration building at Ohio State University.
    (HN, 4/26/98)
1968        Apr 26, The United States exploded a 1.3 megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar" beneath the Nevada desert.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
1968        Apr 26, In Sierra Leone Pres. Siaka Stevens (1905-1988) re-assumed the post of prime minister following brief military rule. He led a one-party socialist state that was later described as a ď17-year plague of locusts."
    (WSJ, 5/31/00, p.A26)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.42)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siaka_Stevens)

1969        Apr 26, Morihei Ueshiba (b.1883), Japanese martial arts master, died. He evolved aikido through a synthesis and repatterning of various Japanese martial arts forms. Ueshiba is remembered by his pupils as a master of the martial arts, whose studies transcended technical matters to include a moral and philosophical view of the world based around harmony in the face of aggression.
    (SFC, 5/25/09, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morihei_Ueshiba)

1970        Apr 26, The musical, "Company," opened at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway. It starred Elaine Stritch and ran for 690 performances.
    (AP, 4/26/98)(http://www.sondheim.com/works/company/)
1970        Apr 26, Gypsy Rose Lee (b.1911), stripper and actress, died. Her 1957 memoir, written as a monument to her mother, was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy. In 2009 Rachel Shteir authored ďGypsy: The Art of the Tease."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_Rose_Lee)(SSFC, 3/22/09, Books p.J3)

1973        Apr 26, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," musical opened in London.
    (www.nodanw.com/shows_t/two_gentlemen.htm)
1973        Apr 26, The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) was founded.
    (www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/ShowDocument.aspx?DIR=ACNews&FILE=20050426.doc)

1975        Apr 26, The top Billboard song was "(Hey Wonít You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.3)

1976        Apr 26, Pan Am began non-stop flights between NYC and Tokyo.
    (www.wingnet.org/rtw/rtw006hh.htm)

1977        Apr 26, NY's famed disco Studio 54 opened. It closed in March, 1986.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_54)

1978        Apr 26, A version of Mark Twainís "The Prince and the Pauper" appeared on TV with former Beatle, Ringo Star.
    (www.guba.com/watch/2000907534)(440 Intíl., 4/26/97, p.3)

1979        Apr 26, The US Treasury failed to redeem $122 million of Treasury bills on time. The Treasury was also late in redeeming T-bills which become due on May 3 and May 10, 1979.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4ylmaz5)(Econ, 6/25/11, p.83)

1980        Apr 26, Following an unsuccessful attempt by the United States to rescue U.S. Embassy hostages in Iran, the Tehran government announced that captives were being scattered to thwart any future effort.
    (AP, 4/26/98)

1982        Apr 26, Popular music of the day included: "I Love Rock Ďní Roll" Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; "We Got the Beat" by the Go-Goís" "Chariots of Fire" by Vangelis; and "Crying My Heart Out over You" by Ricky Scaggs.
    (440 Intíl. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1982        Apr 26, Rod Stewart was mugged. A gunman stole his $50,000 Porsche.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_in_music)

1983        Apr 26, The Dow Jones moved past 1200 for the first time.
    {DJIA, USA}
    (http://library.villanova.edu/blueprints/2000/indexapr00.html)

1984        Apr 26, Pres. Reagan arrived in China for the start of a 6-day visit.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yvlwql)
1984        Apr 26, William "Count" Basie, jazz piano great, died on his 80th birthday.  Joe Williams sang "Come Sunday," Duke Ellingtonís prayer for the liberation of Afro-American people, at the funeral. Conald "Tee" Carson replaced Basie as the head of the Count Basie Orchestra.
    (SFEM, 10/5/7, p.10)(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A21)(MC, 4/26/02)

1986        Apr 26, [William] Broderick Crawford (b.1911), actor (Highway Patrol), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broderick_Crawford)
1986        Apr 26, The world's worst nuclear accident occurred in Pripyat, Ukraine, north of Kiev, at 1:23 a.m. as the Chernobyl atomic power plant exploded. A 300-hundred-square-mile area was evacuated and 31 people died as unknown thousands were exposed to radioactive material that spread in the atmosphere throughout the world. An exploded at Chernobyl, Ukraine, and burned for 10 days. About 70% of the fallout fell in Belarus. Damage was estimated to be up to $130 billion. By 1998 10,000 Russian "liquidators" involved in the cleanup had died and thousands more became invalids. It was later estimated that the released radioactivity was 200 times the combined bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was later found that Soviet scientists were authorized to carry out experiments that required the reactor to be pushed to or beyond its limits, with safety features disabled.
    (WSJ, 11/8/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 12/18/99, p.C4)(AP, 4/26/05)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.18)

1988        Apr 26, Vice President George Bush locked up the Republican presidential nomination with an easy win in the Pennsylvania primary. Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis won the Democratic contest.
    (AP, 4/26/98)

1989        Apr 26, Lucille Ball (b.1911), Actress-comedian and star of I Love Lucy, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 77. She left behind a manuscript that was published in 1996 titled "Love, Lucy." "The tremendous drive and dedication necessary to succeed in any field... often seems to be rooted in a disturbed childhood." In 1993 Tom Gilbert wrote: "The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz." Lucille Ball was married to Gary Morton (d.1999 at 74) for 29 years. In 2003 Stefan Kanfer authored "Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball."
    (SFC, 9/23/96, D1)(SFC, 4/1/99, p.C4)(AP, 4/26/99)(WSJ, 8/15/03, p.W10)

1990        Apr 26, In Colombia Carlos Pizarro (b.1951), a former M-19 rebel leader and presidential candidate was killed when an assailant opened fire with a machine gun inside a crowded airliner in midflight. In 2001 fugitive Carlos Castrano said he organized the killing because Pizarro had links to a drug lord. In 2014 his remains and those of his assailant were dug up to see whether bodyguards assigned by the state to protect the politician also had a hand in his murder.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Pizarro_Leong%C3%B3mez)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/14)
1990        Apr 26, Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir, leader of the right-wing Likud bloc, was chosen to form a new government after Labor Party leader Shimon Peres failed to form a coalition.
    (AP, 4/26/00)

1991        Apr 26, The US government reported the nation had sunk deeper into recession in the first quarter of 1991 as the gross national product shrank at an annual rate of two-point-eight percent.
    (AP, 4/26/01)
1991        Apr 26, Twenty-three people were killed as four dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/26/01)

1992        Apr 26, The musical "Grand Hotel" closed at the Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,017 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4254)
1992        Apr 26, Finance officials from the Group of Seven nations, meeting in Washington, endorsed the broad outlines of an economic assistance package for the former Soviet Union.
    (AP, 4/26/02)
1992        Apr 26, Worshippers celebrated the first Russian Orthodox Easter in Moscow in 74 years.
    (AP, 4/26/02)

1993        Apr 26, President Clinton signed an executive order imposing new economic sanctions against Yugoslavia after the Serbian leadership in Bosnia voted against accepting a U.N.-sponsored plan to end the war.
    (AP, 4/26/98)
1993        Apr 26, Conan O'Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's "Late Night" program.
    (AP, 4/26/03)
1993        Apr 26, In Britain a woman named Nora was raped in the town of Bridgewater. In 2006 kinship DNA evidence led to the arrest of Geoffrey Godfrey, who was sentenced to 6 years.
    (WSJ, 2/23/08, p.A1)

1994        Apr 26, Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, who admitted shooting and wounding an abortion provider outside his clinic, was sentenced in Wichita, Kan., to nearly 11 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/26/99)
1994        Apr 26, A Taiwanese China Airlines A300-600 Airbus crashed at the south end of Nagoya airport west of Tokyo and killed 264 people. There were 7 survivors.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(AP, 4/26/99)
1994        Apr 26, Voting began in South Africa's first all-race elections. Nelson Mandela won the presidency.
    (AP, 4/26/99)(HN, 4/26/01)

1995        Apr 26, The US Supreme Court led by Chief Justice William Rehnquist overturned a federal law banning gun possession near schools on the grounds that it was beyond the scope of congress power to regulate interstate commerce.
    (SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/6zlv6)
1995        Apr 26, One week after the Oklahoma City bombing, Americans observed a minute of silence in honor of the victims.
    (AP, 4/26/00)

1996        Apr 26, The Effingham Baptist Church in Effingham, S.C., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Apr 26, After 16 days of bloodshed, Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas pledged to end the worst fighting in the Mideast in three years, agreeing to a US-brokered truce.
    (AP, 4/26/01)
1996        Apr 26, The UN called for sanctions against Sudan.
    (WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-1)

1997        Apr 26, In his Saturday radio address, President Clinton prepared for the opening of a community service summit by asking Congress to pay for a literacy drive for third-graders.
    (AP, 4/26/98)
1997        Apr 26, Peng Zhen (95), former Communist Party secretary and Mayor of Beijing, died.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.B8)

1998        Apr 26, Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada, visited Cuba and with Fidel Castro inaugurated a new $40 million terminal at the Havana airport.
    (SFC, 4/20/98, p.A10)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A12)
1998        Apr 26, In Germany the Christian Democrats lost ground to the Social Democrats in elections in Saxony-Anhalt. A neo-Nazi party took 13% of the vote. The German Peopleís Party (DVU) was largely bankrolled by Gerhard Frey, a Bavarian millionaire publisher.
    (WSJ, 4/27/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/98, p.A10)
1998        Apr 26, In Guatemala City Bishop Jose Gerardi (75) was killed. He oversaw the recent report: ďGuatemala: Never Again." Marks on the bishopís body were made by a dog. In July a priest and a cook, Rev. Mario Leonel Orantes Najera and Margarita Lopez, were arrested in connection. In Oct. US forensic experts said that at least 2 attackers were responsible for the bishopís killing and described it as a political crime. In Oct Rev. Mario Lionel Orantes was charged with the killing. Orantes was released in Feb 1999. In 1999 Prosecutor Calvin Galindo resigned and fled the country in fear of his safety. Two judges had already quit the case. Three army suspects were arrested in Jan 2000. In 2000 Rev. Mario Orantes was again charged with the murder. In 2001 Col. Disrael Lima Estrada (60), Capt. Byron Lima Oliva (31) and Sgt. Jose Obdulio Villanueva (36) and Rev. Orantes were found guilty of the murder of Bishop Gerardi. The officers were sentenced to 30 years in prison and Orantes was sentenced to 20 years. Villanueva was killed during a prison riot Feb 12, 2003. In 2010 The a judge ordered retired Col. Byron Lima freed for good behavior after serving half his 20-year sentence.
    (SFC, 4/28/98, p.A1,8)(SFC, 8/19/98, p.C16)(SFC, 10/7/98, p.A10)(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C5)(SFC, 10/8/99, p.D3)(WSJ, 1/24/00, p.A1)(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A9)(SFC, 6/9/01, p.A8)(SFC, 2/12/03, p.A9)(AP, 3/19/10)
1998        Apr 26, In Russia former security chief Alexander Lebed led Governor Valery Zubov in voting for governor in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk.
    (SFC, 4/27/98, p.A14)

1999        Apr 26, The Clinton administration urged a one-year extension of the Oslo peace process and pressured Pres. Arafat not to declare an independent state on May 4.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 26, Detroit and Wayne County filed suits for over $800 million against 35 manufacturers, distributors and sellers of firearms.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 26, The FDA approved an obesity drug, Xenical from Roche Holdings, that works by absorbing body fat.
    (WSJ, 4/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 26, Angola blamed Unita for an attack on a truck convoy that killed at least 25 people. Aid workers questioned whether the rebels were responsible.
    (WSJ, 4/27/99, p.A1)   
1999        Apr 26, In London, England, Jill Dando (37), a BBC anchorwoman and host of a crime-fighting program, was shot dead on the steps of her home in Fulham. Police arrested and charged Barry Michael George (Barry Bulsara) for the murder 13 months later. George was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2008 Barry George was cleared in a retrial.
    (SFC,4/27/99,p.A10)(AP,4/26/00)(SFC,5/26/00,p.A18)(SFC,5/29/00,p.A14)(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A10)
    (AFP, 8/1/08)
1999        Apr 26, In India Pres. Narayanan dissolved the lower house of Parliament in order to call for new elections.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 26, Pres. Milosevic met with Red Cross Pres. Cornelio Sommuraga and said the Red Cross may return to Kosovo and "go anywhere." Sommuraga met briefly with the 3 captive Americans and said they were ok.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A1,6)(AP, 4/26/00)
1999        Apr 26, In Macedonia over 2,000 ethnic Albanians arrived from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 26, Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leone rebel leader, offered a cease-fire following a meeting with his commanders in Togo.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)

2000        Apr 26, Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nationís first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
    (AP, 4/26/01)
2000        Apr 26, In Texas a prison riot between Blacks and Hispanics left one person dead and 31 injured.
    (WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 26, Sparkle Rai (22), a black woman, was found dead in her Georgia apartment. She had recently married Ricky Rai (20), the manager of a grocery store in which she worked. In 2008 Chiman Rai (68) was convicted of felony murder. Prosecutors charged that Rai teamed up with Willie Fred Evans and Herbert Green to serve as middlemen. The two men passed along $10,000 to brothers Cleveland and Carl Clark. Carl Clark allegedly drove the car and Cleveland Clark, a 300-pound ex-con who also faces the death penalty, carried out the killing.
    (http://newsfeedresearcher.com/data/articles_n26/idn2008.06.25.13.17.14.html)
2000        Apr 26, In Chechnya Russian troops were ambushed near Serzhen-Yurt. 17 rebels and 10 Russians were reported killed.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.D3)
2000        Apr 26, In Lebanon Prime Minister Salim Hoss announced that UN peacekeepers would be allowed to fill the vacuum left by departing Israelis.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 26, In Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai, president of the Movement for Democratic Change, threatened to retaliate if attacks by ruling militants were not stopped.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A10)

2001        Apr 26, A US federal judge ruled that military exercises could resume on Vieques Island. Puerto Ricans mobilized for mass demonstrations.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.A2)
2001        Apr 26, A group led by Larry Silverstein, a NYC developer, and Westfield America Inc., signed a 99-year lease on the 11-million square-foot WTC complex from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    (SFC, 9/17/01, p.B1)
2001        Apr 26, Kofi Annan addressed an AIDS summit in Nigeria and called for an increase of funding against AIDS to at least $7 billion.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D2)
2001        Apr 26, It was reported that a meningitis outbreak had killed at least 3,500 people in Africa and that vaccine had been shipped to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.
    (SFC, 4/26/01, p.A14)
2001        Apr 26, In Chechnya rebel fighting killed at least 17 Russian soldiers and wounded 28.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D4)
2001        Apr 26, In northeastern Congo 6 Red Cross workers were killed 30 miles north of Bunia.
    (SFC, 4/28/01, p.A10)
2001        Apr 26, Six hijackers seized an Ethiopian plane with 50 passengers and diverted it to Sudan where they surrendered. They wanted to draw attention to economic conditions in Ethiopia and recent student protests for greater academic freedom during which 41 people were killed in Addis Ababa.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D4)
2001        Apr 26, In Japan Junichiro Koizumi named a Cabinet that included 5 women, an economics prof. and 2 outsiders. Koizumi was elected as prime minister of Japan in a vote by the lower house of Japan's parliament.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D2)(AP, 4/26/02)
2001        Apr 26, Nigeria announced an agreement with Cipla, an Indian drug maker, for drugs to treat 10,000 people with AIDS at $350 per patient per year.
    (SFC, 4/26/01, p.A13)
2001        Apr 26, Sri Lanka soldiers pushed rebels back near Eluthumadduval. 87 soldiers were killed with 382 wounded. The army said 110 rebels were killed with 300 wounded.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D4)
2001        Apr 26, In Ukraine the parliament voted 263-59 to dismiss reform-oriented Prime Minister Viktor Yuschenko, plunging the nation into political chaos. A large crowd of his supporters called for the impeachment of Pres. Kuchma.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D2)(AP, 4/26/02)

2002        Apr 26, David Gunn, who had run transit systems in New York City and Washington, was named president of Amtrak, the troubled national rail passenger service.
    (AP, 4/26/03)
2002        Apr 26, It was reported that the cease-fire in Angola had opened inaccessible areas and revealed thousands of starving people leaving the war zones.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A11)
2002        Apr 26, In Argentina Pres. Duhalde enlisted Roberto Lavagna, ambassador to the EU, as economy minister. Banks gradually re-opened after a 4-day shutdown.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A10)
2002        Apr 26, In Erfurt, Germany, Robert Steinhaueser (19), shot and killed 12 teachers, 2 students, a deputy principal, a school secretary and a police officer before he killed himself. He was angry for being expelled due to poor grades.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A1)
2002        Apr 26, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya and 3 smaller settlements. Raed Nazal, a Qalqilya leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was killed and 16 militants were captured. Fighting took place in Ramallah and 4 Palestinians surrendered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Ismael Abu Shanab, a Hamas spokesman, said Hamas has accepted the terms of the Saudi peace proposal.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A14)(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A15)

2003        Apr 26, Charlton Heston (78), diagnosed with symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, made his last appearance as president of the National Rifle Association during a convention in Orlando, Fla., where he briefly thanked the membership. Kayne Robinson took over. In 2006 Emilie Raymond authored ďFrom My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics."
    (SSFC, 4/27/03, A8)(AP, 4/26/04)(WSJ, 9/2/06, p.P9)
2003        Apr 26, In Washington state Crystal Brame (35), the wife of Tacoma Police Chief David Brame (44), was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head after being shot by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
    (AP, 4/27/03)
2003        Apr 26, It was reported that a methillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) had begun infecting healthy people through skin contact.
    (SFC, 4/26/03, B8)
2003        Apr 26, David Lavender (93), American Western historian, died in Ojai, Ca. His books included "The Great Persuader," a biography of railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington (1970).
    (SFC, 4/28/03, B4)
2003        Apr 26, Health ministers from across east Asia came up with a joint plan to fight SARS during a meeting, and hundreds of medical workers in Beijing were forced to sleep in their offices because of hospital-wide quarantines. The death toll climbed to 122 and a new 1,000-bed Beijing hospital was built in 5 days.
    (AP, 4/26/03)(SSFC, 4/27/03, A1)
2003        Apr 26, A Colombian school teacher was found shot to death, days after she was kidnapped, allegedly by leftist rebels who sought to force her father to kill an enemy fighter.
    (AP, 4/26/03)
2003        Apr 26, In Iraq attackers fired into an ammunition dump guarded by Americans on Baghdad's southeastern outskirts, setting off thunderous explosions that killed at least six Iraqis and wounded four. As many as 40 were thought killed.
    (AP, 4/26/03)(SSFC, 4/27/03, A18)
2003        Apr 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir a car bombing and ensuing gunbattle at the offices of state-run radio and television killed 3 suspected Islamic militants and 2 soldiers. A boat carrying 30 schoolchildren capsized in a mountain waterway in Kashmir, drowning at least three, police said. 21 other children were missing.
    (AP, 4/26/03)
2003        Apr 26, Russia launched a Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko to keep the intíl. space station operating while Shuttle flights are suspended.
    (WSJ, 4/28/03, A1)(AP, 4/26/08)
2003        Apr 26, In Sri Lanka Bastiampillai Deogupillai (86), a former bishop of the troubled northern city of Jaffna, has died. Deogupillai had aided tens of thousands of people during Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war.
    (AP, 4/27/03)

2004        Apr 26, The US unveiled a new $50 bill to make counterfeiting more difficult.
    (SFC, 4/27/04, p.C1)
2004        Apr 26, Following conservative criticism of his anti-war activities during the Vietnam era, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry accused President Bush of failing to prove whether he'd fulfilled his commitment to the National Guard during the same period.
    (AP, 4/26/05)
2004        Apr 26, Scientists reported that a new gene-therapy treatment for Alzheimer's patients had produced encouraging results.
    (SFC, 4/28/04, p.A5)
2004        Apr 26, Denis Hills (90), the writer sentenced to death by Idi Amin for describing the Ugandan dictator as a "black Nero" and "village tyrant," died in southern England.
    (AP, 5/1/04)
2004        Apr 26, Hubert Selby Jr. (b.1928), author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn," died in LA.
    (SFC, 4/27/04, p.B7)
2004        Apr 26, Mainland China dealt a crushing blow to Hong Kong's hopes for full democracy, when its most powerful legislative panel ruled the territory won't have direct elections for its next leader in 2007 or for all its lawmakers in 2008.
    (AP, 4/26/04)
2004        Apr 26, Regional presidents looked poised to win control of the federal parliament in Comoros as preliminary election results were tallied. Each of the 3 main islands has its own president and legislature.
    (AP, 4/26/04)
2004        Apr 26, In Indonesia's Maluku islands mobs set fire to buildings at a Christian-run university. 18 people have died in two days of clashes between Christians and Muslims.
    (AP, 4/26/04)
2004        Apr 26, In Baghdad, Iraq, an explosion leveled part of a building as American troops searched it for suspected production of "chemical munitions." 2 soldiers were killed and 5 wounded in the blast. In a Fallujah suburb 1 Marine was killed along with 8 insurgents.
    (AP, 4/26/04)(SFC, 4/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Apr 26, Iraqi kidnappers said they would kill 3 Italian hostages unless Italians rally against Italy's participation in the occupation of Iraq.
    (SFC, 4/27/04, p.A8)
2004        Apr 26, In southern Kyrgyzstan a landslide buried a village, and up to 33 people were feared dead.
    (AP, 4/26/04)
2004        Apr 26, Hamas denounced 2 Palestinian men who died while stopping a suicide bomber from entering Israel.
    (WSJ, 4/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Apr 26, In Peru angry highland Indians beat their town's mayor to death after he refused to resign in the face of protests, then the mob attacked the Llave police station, trapping dozens of officers.
    (AP, 4/27/04)

2005        Apr 26, US Congressional aides said global terrorist attacks rose to 650 in 2004 from 175 in 2003.
    (WSJ, 4/27/05, p.A1)
2005        Apr 26, A federal jury in Virginia convicted Islamic scholar Ali al-Timini of urging followers to join the Taliban and fight the US after the 9/11 attacks.
    (WSJ, 4/27/05, p.A1)
2005        Apr 26, Floridaís Gov. Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet ďforce with force," effective Oct 1.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A5)
2005        Apr 26, Clarence Williams (58), suspected of raping at least 25 women in 3 states, was arrested in NYC following DNA tests that linked him to a 1973 rape case.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A3)
2005        Apr 26, A US soldier and four Afghan police officers were killed in separate rebel attacks, while at least two Afghan civilians were injured by gunfire following the bombing of an American patrol in the east of the country.
    (AP, 4/27/05)
2005        Apr 26, In Australia, a state official said thousands of wild camels will be shot in the Outback from helicopters in an effort to reduce their numbers.
    (AP, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, Actress Maria Schell died in Preitenegg, Austria, at age 79.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2005        Apr 26, In Bangladesh at least 17 people were killed and 33 injured when a bus hurtled down a bridge.
    (Reuters, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, A bomb exploded at a busy market in Myanmar's key tourist city of Mandalay, killing at least two people and wounding 15 others.
    (AP, 4/28/05)
2005        Apr 26, In Nicaragua President Enrique Bolanos' attempt to address protesters demanding his resignation was met with a barrage of rocks, which missed him but injured his son.
    (AP, 4/27/05)
2005        Apr 26, Augusto Roa Bastos (88), one of South America's most celebrated novelists whose fictional writings often examined Paraguay's social and political struggles, died. Bastos was best known for his book "I, The Supreme," a novelized version of the career of Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia, who ruled Paraguay with an iron fist from 1814 until 1840.
    (AP, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, President Vladimir Putin started the first visit to Egypt by a Russian head of state in more than 40 years, in an effort to reinforce Moscow's political and economic ties with the Arab world.
    (AFP, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, Syria ended its 29-year military domination of Lebanon as soldiers flashing victory signs completed a withdrawal.
    (AP, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, Lien Chan, the leader of Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party, arrived in China on an 8-day trip for the first meeting between the party of Chaing Kai-shek and the communists since both sides split amid civil war nearly six decades ago.
    (AP, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, Togoís ballot results showed Faure Gnassingbe, the son of Togo's longtime dictator, won 60 percent of the vote. Opposition supporters upset by the results built flaming barricades in the capital and threw stones at passing cars.
    (AP, 4/26/05)
2005        Apr 26, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan nominated former Turkish finance minister Kemal Dervis to lead the UN Development Program, breaking with a tradition of giving top UN posts to major contributor nations.
    (AP, 4/26/05)

2006        Apr 26, Pres. Bush formally named Tony Snow, a Fox News commentator, to be his press secretary.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 26, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Iraq, where they embraced the country's fledgling leaders as independent and focused on the future.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2006        Apr 26, Florida lawmakers agreed to shut down the stateís juvenile boot camps in response to the Jan 6 death of a boy (14), who was beaten by guards. They would be replaced with a new, less militaristic program.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 26, Argentinaís President Nestor Kirchner announced plans for a high-speed train from Buenos Aires to Cordoba. A contract for construction was signed in 2008.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buenos_Aires-Rosario-C%C3%B3rdoba_high-speed_railway)
2006        Apr 26, It was reported that John Prescott (67), Britainís deputy prime minister, had engaged in a 2-year affair with his much younger secretary, Tracey Temple.
    (Econ, 4/29/06, p.60)
2006        Apr 26, Negotiators in Canada reached an agreement to compensate some 80,000 Canadian Indians who attended government-financed schools where many suffered physical and sexual abuse. Nearly $2 billion would be paid out as damages to survivors of the schools.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A12)
2006        Apr 26, About 2,500 foreign construction workers rioted over wages and working conditions at a building site in Dubai, smashing equipment and vehicles in the second violent protest by construction workers in a month in the fast-growing city. "We get 450 dirhams ($123) a month," one worker said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution. "It's not enough. We can't save any money."
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 26, In Egypt 2 suicide bombers struck outside the main base of the multinational peacekeeping force near the Gaza border in Sinai, killing themselves but causing no other casualties.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, EU Parliament investigators said the CIA has conducted more than 1,000 undeclared flights over European territory since 2001, a clear violation of an international treaty.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, In Iraq US Marines killed Hashim Ibrahim Awad (52) in Hamdaniya for allegedly setting a land mine. On June 21 the US military announced murder and kidnapping charges against 7 Marines and a Navy corpsman in connection with Awadís death. Lance Cpl. Jerry Shumate (21) was accused of killing Awad. On Oct 6 Corpsman Melson J. Bacos (21) pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy and agreed to testify about what he saw. On Nov 15 Pfc. John J. Jodka III pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to 18 months in custody. On Nov 16 Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson was sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges. On Nov 21 Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr. pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. In 2007 a military jury in San Diego handed a bad conduct discharge to Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas, convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy to murder in the execution of Awad. Marine Cpl. Marshall Magincalda was found guilty of conspiracy, but acquitted of premeditated murder and kidnapping.
    (SFC, 6/22/06, p.A13)(SFC, 6/22/06, p.A13)(SFC, 9/13/06, p.A12)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A3)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A17)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A19)(SFC, 11/22/06, p.A10)(SFC, 8/2/07, p.A13)
2006        Apr 26, A Mexican boycott urged people to shun all products from U.S. businesses on May 1, a sort of "Day Without Americans," timed to coincide with the "Day Without Immigrants" boycott planned by activists north of the border.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, In southern Mexico a speeding truck loaded with Guatemalan migrants en route to the United States collided head-on with another truck, killing 10 migrants and injuring 16.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 26, In southwestern Nepal soldiers killed six villagers after thousands of civilians tried to overrun an army camp. The killings were not believed to be connected to the political turmoil that has gripped Nepal for weeks.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, President Vladimir Putin ordered a giant new oil pipeline to be routed away from Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake and home to hundreds of unique species.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, Snyder Rini, the new Solomon Islands prime minister whose election last week sparked two days of rioting and looting in the archipelago's capital, resigned after losing support in Parliament.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, In Sri Lanka escalating violence between government forces and Tamil rebels left at least 15 civilians dead and 15,000 Tamil villagers fleeing for their lives.
    (AFP, 4/26/06)

2007        Apr 26, The Senate joined the House in clearing legislation calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq to begin by Oct. 1, 2007, with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. President Bush vetoed the measure.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2007        Apr 26, Authorities said 2 detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, an Afghan and a Moroccan, have been transferred to the custody of their native countries.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, In Orangeburg, S.C., 8 Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered for their first debate of the 2008 campaign.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2007        Apr 26, California lawmakers approved a $7.4 billion prison construction proposal. This was called the biggest prison expansion plan in American history.
    (SFC, 4/27/07, p.B1)
2007        Apr 26, The DJIA rose 15.61 to a record 13,105.50. Nasdaq rose 6.57 to 2,554.
    (SFC, 4/27/07, p.D1)
2007        Apr 26, Alfredo Figueroa (40), owner of the Red Onion hamburger restaurant in El Cerrito, was shot and killed during a robbery.
    (SFC, 4/28/07, p.B2)
2007        Apr 26, Jack Valenti (b.1921), 38-year president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), died. His autobiography ďThis Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood," was published posthumously.
    (WSJ, 6/22/07, p.W6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Valenti)
2007        Apr 26, More than 100 suspected Taliban attacked Giro, setting fire to buildings and cutting telephone lines. The district mayor, police chief and three policemen were killed during several hours of fighting. It was estimated that about 10 of the militants also died.
    (AP, 4/27/07)
2007        Apr 26, Six central African countries (Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Congo) plan to launch a common passport in July, permitting the free movement of goods and people across their borders.
    (AFP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Bangladesh's emergency government backtracked on plans to exile two feuding former prime ministers but appeared to threaten the women with corruption charges if they stayed in the country.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Britain widened an investigation into the collection of human body parts for scientific tests at nuclear plants. Unions representing nuclear industry workers said as many as 70 people who worked at the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in northern England and other nuclear facilities may have had bones, organs or other tissue removed for tests.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Canada promised curbs on air pollution and a new approach to greenhouse gas emissions in a plan the government says will slow, then reverse the rise in output of pollutants blamed for global warming.
    (Reuters, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, China said it has banned melamine from food products after the chemical was found in exports of vegetable protein shipped to the United States, but rejected it as the cause of dozens of pet deaths in North America.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Colombia's electrical grid collapsed, causing a nationwide blackout that briefly halted stock trading, trapped people in elevators and left authorities struggling to determine the cause.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Ecuadorís President Rafael Correa went deep into the Amazon jungle to show his disdain for Chevron Corp., which is on trial here for allegedly failing to clean up billions of gallons of toxic wastewater. He is the nationís first president to support the estimated 30,000 settlers and Amazon Indians who are suing the US oil giant. Plaintiffs sought $6 billion in damages, alleging that Texaco dumped more than 18 billion gallons of oily wastewater into the verdant rain forest, and failed to properly clean it up. Their evidence includes studies showing elevated cancer rates in the area.
    (AP, 4/28/07)
2007        Apr 26, In Estonia protesters gathered at a Soviet war grave in downtown Tallinn, as authorities prepared to remove the bodies despite Russia's angry objections. Estonia's government intends to relocate the Soviet grave, believed to contain the remains of 14 soldiers, and the Bronze Soldier statue next to it.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Ethiopian rebels holding seven Chinese oil workers captured during an attack this week on an oil venture in Ethiopia said they would release them "as soon as possible."
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, In Greece suspected anarchists threw gasoline bombs at cars parked outside a central Athens police station, destroying 12 vehicles in the latest in a series of arson attacks, authorities said.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, In India police arrested 3 suspected Islamic militants armed with explosives near the Dilli Haat crafts market, a popular New Delhi tourist site. A Pakistani national and two Kashmiris were carrying a package of explosives, a detonator and a hand grenade. They were believed to be members of the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba militant group.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, A suicide car bomb attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint in northern Iraq killed 10 soldiers. 4 insurgents were killed as the US targeted suspected al-Qaida in Iraq militants near Taji. 2 women and 2 children were believed to have been killed during the fighting. 2 suicide bombers attacked an office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud Barzani, leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, killing three of its guards and wounding five. In central Baghdad, a roadside bomb missed a passing police patrol but killed 4 civilians and wounded 9. A parked car bomb exploded near Baghdad University, killing 6 civilians and wounding 18, including some students. US forces killed 3 insurgents during a gunbattle in the Shiite neighborhood Sadr City. The US military announced that Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele has been charged with nine offenses, including aiding the enemy. Violence in Iraq killed at least 72 people, including the bullet-riddled bodies of 27 men dumped in Baghdad, apparent victims of sectarian death squads.
    (AP, 4/26/07)(AP, 4/27/07)
2007        Apr 26, Police in Lebanon found the bodies of a man and a 12-year-old boy who disappeared earlier this week, an incident that has shaken the country and sparked fears of renewed sectarian violence.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia's 13th king, formally ascended the throne, pledging to reign wisely and safeguard the sanctity of Islam in a ceremony marked by traditional Malay rites and imperial pageantry. Malaysia's system allows each of its hereditary state rulers to take turns reigning as the country's constitutional monarch for five years each.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, A new measure legalizing abortions in Mexico City was published into law, allowing doctors to almost immediately begin terminating pregnancies in their first trimester.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Myanmar and North Korea signed an agreement to resume diplomatic ties during a visit to Myanmar by the North Korean vice foreign minister.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Nigeria's main opposition party said it will not recognize or cooperate with any government formed as a result of last weekend's presidential election, which was won by the party of outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Peruís Congress granted President Garcia the power to rule by decree for 60 days on matters related to drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime, strengthening his hand in the battle against cocaine production and smuggling. A US report claimed that the Shining Path may now have hundreds of armed combatants and that it is entwined with drug trafficking.
    (AP, 4/27/07)(Econ, 5/5/07, p.50)
2007        Apr 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his last annual address to lawmakers, attacked US foreign policy and embraced traditional values in a hawkish speech that laid out a route for his successor to follow when he steps down next year.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Somalia's prime minister claimed victory over Islamic insurgents in Mogadishu, where nine days of battles using tanks and artillery left hundreds dead.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Syriaís government said that the ruling coalition took an overwhelming majority of seats in parliamentary elections that were boycotted by the opposition as a farce.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, In Turkey an eight-story apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, and some people were reportedly buried under the debris.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2007        Apr 26, Zimbabwe's central bank governor Gideon Gono said the annual rate of inflation, already the highest in the world, rose to 2,200 percent last month.
    (AP, 4/26/07)

2008        Apr 26, Eos Airlines, a business-class carrier launched in 2005, filed for bankruptcy. It ceased operations the next day.
    (SFC, 4/28/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 26, A wildfire broke out in southern California, 10 miles northeast of Pasadena. Officials the next day said that it has scorched 270 acres and forced the evacuation of about 100 homes in neighborhoods might not be under control for days.
    (AP, 4/27/08)
2008        Apr 26, In South Carolina, Nathaniel Dickson (18) was arrested for the shooting of his father (46), stepmother, stepsister and younger brother. The family was found shot dead earlier in the day at their home just outside of Easley, SC.
    (SFC, 4/28/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 26, Henry Brant (b.1913), Canada-born composer, died in Santa Barbara. He was a pioneer in the use of spatial effects and his work included ďIce Field," which premiered in SF in December 2001. It won him the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
    (SFC, 4/29/08, p.B5)
2008        Apr 26, In Austria police found a woman (42), missing since 1984, in the town of Amstetten following a tip. Elisabeth said her father, Josef Fritzl, had kept her captive in a cellar for almost 24 years, that he had repeatedly raped her, and that she gave birth to 7 children, one of whom later died. In November Fritzl (73) was charged with murder as well as rape, incest, false imprisonment and slavery. On March 18, 2009, Fritzl pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including homicide, after his daughter appeared unexpectedly in the courtroom. On March 19 Fritzl was convicted of homicide and sentenced him to life imprisonment in a secure psychiatric facility.
    (AP, 4/27/08)(AP, 11/13/08)(AP, 3/18/09)(AP, 3/19/09)
2008        Apr 26, In Canada transit workers in Toronto went on strike after rejecting a tentative contract deal, shutting down bus, streetcar and subway service in Canada's most populous city.
    (Reuters, 4/26/08)
2008        Apr 26, In Iran according to final results Conservatives consolidated their control of the legislature in runoff elections but moderates within the bloc opposed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emerged as a stronger force.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2008        Apr 26, Clashes continued in the Mahdi Army stronghold of Sadr City, a sprawling district in northeastern Baghdad, although they did not appear as fierce in recent days. Hospital officials said 8 bodies were received of people killed in overnight fighting. 12 other people, including a schoolboy, were wounded early in the day. 3 suicide car bombers also targeted Iraqi security forces, killing at least 7 people in Mosul. Another suicide car bomber struck a police patrol elsewhere in the city, killing 4 people and wounding 7.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2008        Apr 26, Israeli forces entered a northern Gaza town and seized a local Hamas leader from his home amid heavy fighting with Palestinian gunmen. The wanted man's 14-year-old daughter was killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2008        Apr 26, In Mexico running gunbattles between suspected drug traffickers broke out on the streets of the border city of Tijuana, killing 13 people and wounding nine.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2008        Apr 26, In Morocco fire broke out at a mattress factory in Casablanca, killing at least 55 people, and fire-fighters were still searching the smoldering building for more bodies.
    (Reuters, 4/26/08)(AFP, 4/27/08)
2008        Apr 26, The Spanish government said the 26 crew members onboard the Playa de Bakio fishing boat, hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia nearly a week ago, have been freed. A maritime official said it was freed after a 1.2 million-dollar ransom was paid.
    (AP, 4/26/08)(AP, 4/27/08)
2008        Apr 26, In Sri Lanka the defense ministry said a total of 54 Tiger guerrillas were killed in separate clashes with security forces and heavy ground fighting was continuing. The ministry said seven troops were also killed.
    (AFP, 4/27/08)
2008        Apr 26, Turkey's PM Erdogan was in Syria in a bid to restart peace negotiations between Damascus and its Mideast foe, Israel.
    (AP, 4/26/08)
2008        Apr 26, Official results showed Zimbabwe's main opposition movement has won a historic victory over President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, but the outcome of the presidential vote remained unknown.
    (AP, 4/26/08)

2009        Apr 26, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that students at a city high school were infected with swine flu. About 100 students complained of flu-like symptoms at the school. Some students went to Cancun on a spring break trip two weeks ago. The flu has spread beyond Mexico's borders with confirmed cases in the US and suspected cases as far away as New Zealand.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, A deal between Chrysler and the UAW was revealed that would give the union a 55% stake in the company in return for concessions. Under the plan Fiat SpA would eventually own 35% and the US government together with secured lenders would own up to 10%.
    (WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A8B)
2009        Apr 26, Hans Holzer, Austrian-born American ghost hunter died. In 1974 authored ďMurder in Amityville," the basis for the 1982 film ďAmityville II: The Possession." In 1977 Holzer and medium Ethel Johnson-Myers allegedly channeled the spirit of a Shinnecock Indian chief, who said the New York house stood on an ancient Indian burial ground.  
    (www.warrens.net/amityvill.htm)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.90)
2009        Apr 26, In Afghanistan a roadside bombing in Wardak province killed two members of a new US-funded civil defense force. On the outskirts of Kabul authorities destroyed 6.5 tons (6 metric tons) of drugs and chemicals seized in the battle against the rampant narcotics trade.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, Canada reported its first confirmed cases of swine flu at opposite ends of the country, with two cases in the western province of British Columbia and four in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.
    (Reuters, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, In Chile a fire touched off by brawling inmates swept through the Colina prison near Santiago, killing 10 prisoners.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi wrapped up a regional Middle East visit in Damascus saying Israel should return the Golan Heights to Syria.
    (AFP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, Ecuador held elections. President Rafael Correa, a feisty leftist popular for his social programs, was widely favored to win re-election. Correa won 51.2 percent of the vote in an eight-candidate field, making the leftist economist the first Ecuadorean president in 30 years to be chosen without a runoff vote.
    (AP, 4/26/09)(AP, 4/27/09)
2009        Apr 26, In southern Iraq a pre-dawn raid by US forces killed a woman in Kut. It drew sharp fallout from Iraqi authorities who demanded an investigation and ordered the arrest of two high-ranking Iraqi military officers for allegedly allowing the operation to happen. Iraqi police officials say the wife and brother of a local clan leader were killed. US forces arrested six members of so-called "special groups," Shiite militia factions that were once part of the Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr. 3 Christians were killed in the northern city of Kirkuk. Police said the slayings appear to be an attempt by al-Qaida to spark sectarian clashes.
    (AP, 4/26/09)(AP, 4/27/09)
2009        Apr 26, Pakistan sent helicopter gunships and troops to attack Taliban militants in a district covered by a peace deal after strong US pressure on the nuclear-armed nation to confront insurgents advancing in its northwest.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, The Russian city of Sochi, host for the 2014 Winter Olympics, elected a mayor after a campaign that a liberal opposition candidate called a fraud and disgruntled voters said favored the Kremlin-backed front-runner. The Kremlin favorite won an overwhelming victory in Sochi, but the top opposition candidate claimed fraud and said he would challenge the result.
    (AP, 4/26/09)(AP, 4/27/09)
2009        Apr 26, Facing imminent battlefield defeat, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels declared a unilateral cease-fire and called on the government to halt its offensive to spare the tens of thousands of civilians trapped by the fighting.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, Voters in the heart of the Swiss Alps passed legislation banning naked hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, A Sudanese court sentenced another 11 Darfur rebels to death for a 2008 attack on Khartoum, raising to 82 the number of Justice and Equality Movement fighters ordered hanged for the raid.
    (AFP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, Pope Benedict XVI named five new saints, including Portugal's 14th century independence leader and an Italian priest who ministered to factory workers at the dawn of the industrial era.
    (AP, 4/26/09)
2009        Apr 26, Pirates attacked 4 Yemeni tankers escorted by a Yemeni coast guard boat on their way to Aden. 3 of the ships escaped and coast guards captured five pirates and wounded two others. The Turkish cruiser Ariva 3, with two British and four Japanese crew aboard, survived a pirate attack near the Yemeni island of Jabal Zuqar. Somali pirates demanded a $5 million ransom for the release of two Egyptian fishing boats hijacked earlier this month. Later in the day Yemeni coast guard forces freed the hijacked Yemeni oil tanker (Qana) and arrested 11 Somali pirates, the first time the country has successfully retaken a seized vessel.
    (AP, 4/26/09)(AP, 4/27/09)

2010        Apr 26, Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega extradited was from the US to France to face money laundering charges in a French courtroom, opening up a whole new legal battle for the strongman who spent two decades behind bars in Florida for drug trafficking.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, Massachusetts-based Charles River Laboratories International Inc., a medical research equipment and services company, announced plans to buy WuXi PharmaTech, a Chinese pharmaceutical outsourcing company, for $1.6 billion.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, due to April 20 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, extended over some 1,800 square miles. Robot submarines were in use to close valves atop the well. Officials said engineers have begun constructing a giant dome to place over the leaking oil well.
    (SFC, 4/27/10, p.A6)(AFP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Afghanistan two explosions killed two civilians and injured one police officer and one civilian in Kandahar. Another policeman was injured in the blast in the city's north. The wave of violence in Kandahar has forced the UN to tell more than 200 of its Afghan employees there to stay home. Several foreign UN employees have been temporarily moved to Kabul.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Belgium King Albert II accepted the government's resignation after negotiations failed to resolve a long-simmering dispute between Dutch- and French-speaking politicians over a bilingual voting district in and around Brussels.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Fred Halliday (64), English professor of intíl. politics, died. He authored over 20 books and was significant for his work on the Middle East.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.86)
2010        Apr 26, Canada signaled a split with allies, ahead of a G8 aid ministers' meeting, by saying it would not help groups that fund abortions as part of a push to boost maternal health in the world's poorest nations.
    (Reuters, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Chile's Roman Catholic Church was shaken by a series of dramatic televised interviews of men alleging they were abused by a respected former priest. Early the next morning a bombing that damaged a church's facade.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Ethiopia gunmen shot dead an opposition party activist, days after the government accused the party of killing a policeman in the same region.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Guatemala the Santiaguito volcano showered sand and ash over a large western area in an "unusual" and "violent" eruption.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, A Haitian judge said he has dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Hungary's central bank cut its main interest rate by a quarter point to a new all-time low of 5.25 percent, continuing its run of monetary easing as inflation appears under control and financial investors more confident in the country's stability.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Iranís state television reported that Iran is cutting red tape and easing ownership rules to encourage foreign investment in stocks and bonds, as the major oil producer faces further UN sanctions over its nuclear work.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, An Iraqi court disqualified 52 candidates from the country's parliamentary elections, including two who won seats, and threw out their votes in a decision that could potentially change the outcome of the March 7 vote.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Municipal officials said the Israeli government has imposed a de facto freeze on new Jewish construction in Jerusalem's disputed eastern sector. The decision was made despite PM Benjamin Netanyahu's public insistence that building would not be stopped in the face of US pressure. Israeli troops killed Hamas activist Ali Sweiti, a wanted Palestinian militant in a raid on a West Bank house. Sweiti was wanted in five shooting attacks, one of which killed a paramilitary policeman in 2004.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Italian police arrested Giovanni Tegano (70), a veteran mobster who was on the run for 17 years, in a house in Reggio Calabria. He was among the most wanted men of the 'ndrangheta organized crime group.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Malaysia a policeman fired a shot that killed Aminulrasyid Amzah (14). On May 10 prosecutors charged officer Jenain Subi with fatally shooting the teenager, an incident that triggered a national outcry over claims of police brutality. Activists say Malaysia's police have fatally shot more than 180 suspects, half of them Indonesians, since 2007.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        Apr 26, Mexicoís Interior Secretary Fernandez Gomez-Mont said drug cartels have changed tactics and are turning more attacks on authorities, rather than focusing their fire on rivalís gangs. Troops killed three suspected kidnappers and freed seven of their captives during a raid on a ranch in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. Two rotting bodies were found in a truck near the ranch.
    (AP, 4/26/10)(AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 26, Moroccoís government said security forces have broken up a militant cell with links to al Qaeda that was planning assassinations and acts of sabotage targeting the security services and foreign interests.
    (Reuters, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the leader of the opposition Maoists, urged the public to support a nationwide street protest aimed at toppling the current government.
    (AFP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, A Nigerian court charged the country's ruling party chairman over a series of corruption allegations, creating a criminal case against the most powerful man blocking the acting president from running in next year's election. Vincent Ogbulafor faced 16 counts accusing him of funneling money toward fictitious projects during his service as minister of special duties.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Pakistan US missiles killed four alleged Taliban insurgents in the northwest, while three other militant suspects were slain in a shootout with local security forces elsewhere in the region. The body of an anti-Taliban tribal elder was found in the Bajur tribal region. The killers left a note on the body of Maulana Abdul Haleem stating "any one found involved in helping the government against the Taliban will meet the same fate."
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed a law banning Palestinians from working in Israeli settlements and selling settlement goods, with violators facing up to five years in prison and stiff fines.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Thailand's elite-backed "Yellow Shirts" called for a state of martial law to end anti-government protests as the rival "Red Shirts" blocked police convoys heading to the strife-torn capital.
    (AFP, 4/26/10) 
2010        Apr 26, In Yemen the British ambassador narrowly escaped a suicide attack, when a young man (20) in a school uniform detonated his explosives belt near his armored car at a poor neighborhood of San'a. 3 bystanders were wounded.
    (AP, 4/26/10)

2011        Apr 26, Former US President Jimmy Carter and three other former heads of state embarked on a three-day mission to North Korea, where they plan to discuss dangerous food shortages and stalled nuclear disarmament talks.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, SF Mayor Ed Lee named Capt. Greg Suhr (30), a local 30-year veteran, as the new police chief.
    (SFC, 4/27/11, p.A1)
2011        Apr 26, Phoebe Snow (b.1950), pop singer, died in New York. Her songs included ďPoetry Man" (1975).
    (SFC, 4/27/11, p.C3)
2011        Apr 26, The Afghan government said its forces have recaptured at least 65 of the prisoners who escaped from Kandaharís largest prison, as it scrambled to recover from the massive security breach that allowed 480 inmates to be spirited out in a stunning jailbreak.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Australian PM Julia Gillard, visiting China, raised a range of human rights concerns in talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who denied China had taken a "backward step."
    (AFP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Belgium marked the one year anniversary of not having a full government. Caretaker PM Yves Leterme said that up to 3 more months could be needed to form a coalition.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Cambodian and Thai troops fought with short-range rockets and guns near 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, opening a second front in a five-day confrontation that has killed 13 people.
    (Reuters, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, In Colombia 5 police officers were killed and two wounded when suspected leftist rebels attacked two police posts in different regions.
    (AP, 4/28/11)
2011        Apr 26, Congolese children's rights activist Murhabazi Namegabe was named winner of the $100,000 World Children's Prize for his efforts to protect children exploited by armed groups in the African country. The award foundation based in Mariefred, Sweden, cited Murhabazi's "dangerous struggle to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves" in Congo.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, French dairy giant Lactalis offered $5 billion (Ä3.4 billion) for Parmalat, Italyís biggest manufacturer of milk products.
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.70)
2011        Apr 26, Guatemalan authorities said police have arrested Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, a rancher sought by the US government on an extradition warrant for his alleged ties to Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, An Indian court ordered the chief organizer of the scandal-tainted Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in police custody over corruption allegations in awarding contracts.
    (AFP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony unveiled its first tablet computers, codenamed S1 and S2, in a direct but belated challenge to Apple's iPad.
    (AFP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, In Libya late night NATO warplanes broke up an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces in Misrata.
    (AP, 4/27/11)
2011        Apr 26, Mexican authorities said security forces have unearthed six more bodies in Tamaulipas state where a drug gang is believed to be kidnapping passengers from buses and hiding their victims in secret graves. A total of 183 bodies have been discovered in a month in 40 graves. A different search over the last month in the capital of northwestern Durango state has yielded 96 bodies in two mass graves as of today.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, The Transparency-Maroc (Morocco) Association called on all public institutions in the north African country to account for their spending and to accept inspections.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Nigeria voted for state governors, the last of three landmark elections that have triggered deadly unrest, as fresh bomb blasts jolted the northeastern city of Maiduguri. The presidential poll earlier this month left at least 500 people dead. A suspected Islamist sect member opened fire at a polling station in Maiduguri during voting, killing one person and wounding four.
    (AFP, 4/26/11)(AP, 4/26/11)(AFP, 4/27/11)
2011        Apr 26, In Pakistan Islamist militants bombed two navy buses taking employees to work in Karachi, killing 4 people in the streets of the country's largest city.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, The Philippines-based Asian Development Bank said world food prices that surged 30 percent in the first two months of the year threaten to push millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cut economic growth.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, A Puerto Rico jury convicted Angel Ayala Vazquez, once considered the top local drug dealer, of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and pills at public housing projects in the community of Bayamon. Also convicted was his brother, Luis Cruz Vazquez. On October 26 Ayala was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 4/26/11)(AP, 10/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, In Syria gunfire reverberated in the southern city of Daraa where the dead still lay unclaimed in the streets a day after a brutal government crackdown on the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad. European governments urged Syria to end violence against demonstrators. Security forces shot dead at least 6 people.
    (AP, 4/26/11)(Reuters, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Thai authorities forced the closure of 13 anti-government radio stations in the biggest crackdown on dissident media since a state of emergency during street protests last year. Police said the stations broadcast illegal statements defaming the monarchy.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Turkey began to demolish the 100-foot "Peace and Brotherhood" monument near its eastern border dedicated to friendship with Armenia after PM Erdogan called it a "monstrosity." The statue was commissioned in 2006 to highlight friendship between Turkey and Armenia, two countries with a history of enmity and suspicion.
    (AFP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, It was reported that education authorities in Turkmenistan have abolished the requirement for school-leavers to take an exam on the two-volume Rukhnama (Book of the Soul), a rambling spiritual guide written by the country's late Pres. Saparmurat Niyazov.
    (AP, 4/26/11)
2011        Apr 26, Yemen's opposition parties said they will soon sign a deal mediated by neighboring Gulf countries for the president to step down, possibly defusing the months of deadly government protests across this impoverished country.
    (AP, 4/26/11)

2012        Apr 26, US officials said the White House has given the CIA and the Pentagon broader authority to carry out drone strikes in Yemen against terrorists who imperil the US.
    (SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 26, In Michigan the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia held its grand opening at Ferris State Univ. in Big Rapids. David Pilgrim, the founder and curator, started building the collection as a teenager.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 26, In eastern Afghanistan a mortar fired during heavy fighting between NATO forces and the Taliban hit a house killing three women. In the northeast another group of Taliban fighters launched an overnight attack on a police post, killing four officers and abducting 16. Afghan border police killed eight insurgents who they found placing a bomb near a road in Spin Boldak district.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In London Rupert Murdoch admitted there was a "cover-up" over phone hacking at Britain's News of the World tabloid but insisted he and other executives at his media empire were kept in the dark.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Cambodia Chhut Vuthy, the director of Natural Resource Protection Group, was killed after military police apprehended him at Veal Bei in Mondul Seima district on behalf of a company that asked them to stop him from shooting photos of their development. The site was near the construction of a 338-megawatt hydropower dam being built by China Huadian. Investigators later said that In Rattana, the officer who killed Vuthy, was shot with his own gun during a scuffle with security guard Ran Boroth (26), who had tried to disarm him.
    (AP, 4/27/12)(http://tinyurl.com/7hjmxkh)(AFP, 5/5/12)(Econ, 5/5/12, p.43)
2012        Apr 26, In Canada some 125 people were arrested over the last 2 days following student protests over tuition fee increases in central Montreal that turned into window smashing.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.39)
2012        Apr 26, Egypt's election commission released a final list of 13 candidates eligible to run in the May 23-24 presidential elections.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Iraq two civilians died when a roadside bomb went off near a passing army patrol in the eastern Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad. A parked car bomb went off next to a police patrol in the northern Hurriyah neighborhood, killing three civilians and injuring 15 others. A suicide car bombing near a cafe in Abu Garma followed by another bombing inside it as the casualties were being carried out killed eight people and wounded 18 others.
    (AP, 4/26/12)(AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Ivory Coast the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to send troops to coup-hit Mali and Guinea-Bissau to support their return to civilian rule and demanded coup leaders "return to barracks" in both countries. They also said Guinea-Bissau and Mali must prepare for legislative and presidential elections within a year.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Japan Ichiro Ozawa (69), the veteran Japanese lawmaker who engineered the ruling party's rise to power, was acquitted in a political funding scandal that has damaged his chances of becoming prime minister.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Jordan's PM Awn Khasawneh (62) submitted his resignation to King Abdullah II, barely six months after he formed a government to bring in much-needed reforms. Khasawneh cited interference from the palace.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)(Econ, 5/5/12, p.48)
2012        Apr 26, In Libya six prisoners and guards were killed in an exchange of gunfire in the eastern city of Benghazi, when a group of inmates tried to break out of the al-Kawifiya prison.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Malawi's new president Joyce Banda named a 23-member cabinet but gave herself several key portfolios to beef up her powers as southern Africa's first female president.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu fell under the control of a new armed group made up of Arabs who claim to be neither rebels nor Islamists. Entries in the north and west remained under the control of the Islamist group Ansar Dine and Tuareg group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Independent Mexican truckers launched nationwide protests calling for clearer, fairer rules on vehicle weights and dimensions and for an end to discretionary permits that they say let double-trailer vehicles carrying as much as 100 metric tons of freight operate on narrow, two-lane roads.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In the Netherlands an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor (64) of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds." Taylor became the first head of state convicted by an international court since the post-World War II Nuremberg military tribunal.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Nigeria a suicide attack at the Abuja bureau of ThisDay newspaper and a car bombing at another of its offices killed at least 9 people in the first such strikes against the country's media. 5 people were killed in Abuja and 4 in Kaduna.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Pakistan's Supreme Court convicted PM Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt and handed him a symbolic sentence of less than a minute's detention, allowing him to leave the building surrounded by cheering supporters and still in power. He was charged with contempt for his refusal to pursue a long, dormant corruption case against his political master, President Asif Ali Zardari.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Pakistani authorities deported Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 4/27/12)(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 26, Syria's main opposition group called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting as it accused regime forces of having killed more than 100 people in the central city of Hama. Reports out of Lebanon said Islamist militant Abdel Ghani Jawhar, one of the country's most wanted men, was killed in Syria fighting alongside rebels against the army. At least two people were killed today, as clashes were reported in several provinces.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)

2013        Apr 26, Mohamed Mamdouh, an American citizen of Moroccan descent, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for plotting to blow up NYC synagogues. Mamdouh and co-defendant Ahmed Ferhani had been arrested in a police sting.
    (SFC, 4/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 26, George Jones (b.1931), American country singer, died in Nashville. His first big hit was ďWhy Baby Why" (1955).
    (SFC, 4/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 26, In southern Afghanistan a bus collided with the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 45 people aboard the bus in a fiery crash.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Australia billionaire Clive Palmer announced the formation of the United Australia Party to back his move to run for prime minister.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 26, It was reported that  Bosnian police have searched the office of the presidency and other government buildings as part of an investigation into corruption among top public officials.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Irfan Naseer, the ringleader of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to detonate knapsack bombs in England was sentenced in London to at least 18 years in jail.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, British celebrity publicist Max Clifford (70) was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, including on two underage girls. He was arrested in December as part of an investigation into sex crime allegations against the late Jimmy Savile.
    (Reuters, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Canada a dispute began at the Edmonton Remand Center after a correctional worker was suspended for complaining about safety issues. Employees at 7 prisons in Alberta followed with strikes to protest the suspension.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 26, In Canada Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Shell issued an alert for a hazardous materials leak at its 75,000 barrel-per-day Corunna refinery in Sarnia, Ontario. 3 workers at the refinery were sent to hospital following a hydrogen sulfide leak.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed that his country will keep 1,000 of its troops in Mali to fight radical Islamic militants even after the arrival later this year of more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In central India a portion of the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital collapsed and up to 15 people were feared trapped in the debris in Bhopal.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Iraqi soldiers backed by tanks retook control of  Suleiman Beg, a Sunni town north of Baghdad, after gunmen withdrew without a fight. A bomb blast hit Sunni worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in western Baghdad, killing 5 worshippers and wounding 22 others. Minutes later, a Sunni was killed and six others were wounded after bomb struck Sunnis near a mosque in the Rashidiyah area.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Libya a militiaman was killed when armed men attacked the headquarters of his pro-government group, Uqba ibn Nafi, in the eastern city of Darnah.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Pakistan a bomb planted on a motorbike near the Awami National Party office in Karachi killed 9 people, including four children. 24 other people were wounded.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Russian police and security agents detained 140 people at a mosque in Moscow on suspicion of involvement with Islamic extremism.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Russia a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Seoul said that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Serbian lawmakers overwhelmingly supported an agreement normalizing relations with breakaway Kosovo.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, The US-based watchdog group Resolve said fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony recently found safe haven in territory controlled by Sudan, accusing the Sudanese military of offering aid to commanders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).   
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Two Syrian officials denied that government forces had used chemical weapons against rebels, Damascus' first response to US assertions that it had. Government troops pushed into two northern neighborhoods, triggering heavy fighting with rebels as they tried to advance under air and artillery support.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

2014        Apr 26, President Barack Obama began the first visit to Malaysia by an American president in nearly half a century. Trade, defense and maritime security were among the issues Obama and PM Najib were expected to discuss during talks in the 2-day visit.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Leaders of the G7 major economies agreed to impose more sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists have detained a group of international observers they accuse of being NATO spies.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Preliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential election showed former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah winning the most votes but not the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Abdullah had 44.9 percent of the vote and ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came in second with 31.5 percent. The preliminary results were due to be finalized on May 14 after investigations into fraud complaints.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In southern Afghanistan 5 NATO troops died in a British helicopter crash in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Austria an explosion at a residential building in Vienna killed one person and left another missing.
    (SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 26, In Brazil about 2,000 people gathered in downtown Sao Paulo in a demonstration demanding the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana in Latin America's largest country.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, British teenager Stephen Sutton (19) broke all records on the JustGiving fundraising website by breaking the ¬£2.5 million ($4.2 million, three million euro) mark in donations to charity. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 15, but despite surgery, the cancer spread, and doctors concluded it was incurable.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In northern Central African Republic dozens of heavily armed Muslim rebels opened fire in a hospital in Naga-Boguila, killing 22 people, including three local health workers for Doctors Without Borders.
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.44)
2014        Apr 26, Chinaís Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said it aims to start building more than 7 million units of public housing this year, signaling the latest government move to counter high property prices.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In China a spokeswoman for a leading online video site, Youku, said it has received notification not to show sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," political and legal drama "The Good Wife," crime drama "NCIS" and legal drama "The Practice."
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, In China labor activists said most of the thousands of striking workers in Dongguan have returned to work enabling Adidas to resume production. Some 10,000 remained on strike at the Taiwanese owned Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd.
    (SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A7)
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, Cuba arrested 4 exiles from Miami accusing them of planning terrorist actions and alleged their targets were military. They were later named as Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos and Felix Monzon Alvarez.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(SFC, 5/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 26, In Egypt hundreds of activists demonstrated in Cairo against an anti-protest law, one month before a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Egypt a 27-year-old civil engineer was diagnosed with MERS after returning from Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Iran hanged in public 3 men convicted of killing prosecutor Mousa Nouri last Nov 6 in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Iraqi police found 9 bodies, some bullet-riddled, in several Sunni and Shiite districts of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir a fierce gunbattle over the last 24 hours left 3 suspected rebels and 2 Indian army soldiers dead.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, A Japanese whaling fleet of four ships left port under tight security in the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In central Nigeria violence erupted when a militia from the Eggon tribe attacked the Gwandara village of Egan following a dispute over farmland. At least 34 people were left dead with homes and barns torched.
    (AFP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, The Dutch donned crazy orange-colored outfits and celebrated their first ever "King's Day" ó a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaced the traditional "Queens' Day" festival held this time of year.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas signaled that he remains committed to troubled US-backed peace talks, saying that any unity government agreed with the militant group Hamas would recognize Israel.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Two Saudi nationals died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus in the worst-hit country to 94.
    (AFP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Slovenia Zoran Jankovic (61), mayor of the capital, Ljubljana, was chosen the leader of Positive Slovenia party. The government faced likely collapse after PM Alenka Bratusek (44), whose government saved the small EU state from an international bailout, lost her party leadership. Bratusek's three coalition partners in the four-party center-left government have said they would step out of the cabinet if Jankovic, under investigation for corruption, becomes the party leader.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, South Sudan's military spokesman said a "misunderstanding" between military troops and a local community sparked clashes a day earlier that killed 5 Nuer trainees. Rebel Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang charged that 220 Nuer officers and trainees at Mapel Military Training Centre in Western Bahr El Ghazal state were deliberately killed.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 88 rebel and regime forces have been killed in two days of clashes for control of strategic sites in southern Daraa province.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the spy agency, a move critics say will tighten the graft-tainted government's control over state institutions.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Venezuela scores of opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro marched in Caracas, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests. The body of former intelligence chief Eliezer Otaiza was dumped in a forested area on the edge of Caracas after his vehicle was intercepted by a group of armed men. He was shot four times.
    (AP, 4/26/14)(AP, 4/30/14)

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