757 Apr 26, Stephen II ended
his reign as Catholic Pope.
1319 Apr 26, Jean II, the Good,
king of France (1350-64), was born.
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.
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)
1538 Apr 26, Giovanni P.
Lomazzo, Italian writer, poet (Trattato), was born.
1558 Apr 26, Jean Francois
Fernel, French physician, died.
1564 Apr 26, William
Shakespeare was baptized.
1573 Apr 26, Marie de'Medici,
Queen of France, was born.
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
(NG, Sept. 1939, p.356) (AP, 4/26/98)(HN,
1654 Apr 26, Jews were expelled
1655 Apr 26, Dutch West Indies
Co. denied Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New
1703 Apr 26, Georg Christoph
Leuttner (58), composer, died.
1711 Apr 26, David Hume
(d.1776), Scottish historian and philosopher, was born. His work
included the “Treatise of Human Nature" and the 6-volume “History of
England." Use of the new calendar puts his birthday on May 7.
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.
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)
1776 Apr 26, Joan M. Kemper,
Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book), was born.
1777 Apr 26, Sybil Ludington
(16) rode from NY to Ct rallying her father’s militia.
1785 Apr 26, John James
Audubon, American naturalist, bird watcher (ornithologist) and
artist, was born in Haiti.
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)(AP,
1798 Apr 26, Ferdinand Eugene
Delacroix (d.1863), French painter, lithograph, etcher (Journal),
1812 Apr 26, Alfred Krupp,
German arms merchant, was born.
1814 Apr 26, King Louis XVIII
landed on Calais from England.
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 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1822 Apr 26, Frederick
Olmstead, landscape architect, was born in Connecticut. His work
included Yosemite Nat’l. Park, Central Park in New York City (1858),
and other city parks in Boston, Ma., Hartford, Ct., and Louisville,
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)(SFC, 4/5/04,
1827 Apr 26, Charles Edward
Hovey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1828 Apr 26, Russia declared
war on Turkey to support Greece's independence.
1835 Apr 26, Frederic Chopin’s
"Grand Polonaise Brillante," premiered in Paris.
1855 Apr 26, Composer
Gioacchino Rossini left Italy.
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.
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, ‘a hell of a damn fool.’ At Monroe’s Cross Roads,
N.C., his carelessness and disobedience of orders proved Sherman’s
(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 Booth’s leg was operated on by Dr.
Samuel Mudd, ancestor of news commentator Roger Mudd, who obtained a
presidential pardon for Dr. Mudd’s 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,
1868 Apr 26, Robert Herrick, US
writer (Common lot), was born.
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
1882 Apr 26, Jessie Redmon
Fauset, author, was born. Fauset’s work included: "There Is
confusion," "Plum Bun," "The Chinaberry Tree," and “American Style."
(440 Int’l. 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]
1887 Apr 26, Huntsville
Electric Co. was formed to sell electricity.
1888 Apr 26, Aleksandr
Mikhailov, astronomer, was born in USSR.
1889 Apr 26, Ludwig
Wittgenstein, philosopher (Tractatus), was born in Austria.
1893 Apr 26, Anita Loos, author
and playwright, was born. Her work included: "Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes," "I Married an Angel," "San Francisco," "Saratoga," and
(440 Int’l. 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.
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 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1904 Apr 26, William "Count"
Basie, jazz pianist (Policy Man, Blazing Saddles), was born. [see
1906 Apr 26, Gracie Allen (Mrs.
George Burns), comedienne (George Burns Show), was born.
1913 Apr 26, Mary Phagan (13)
was killed at an Atlanta pencil factory. She had stopped to pick up
her check on her way to Peachtree Street to see a Confederate
Memorial Day Parade. Leo Frank (29), a Jewish factory manager, was
falsely accused of raping and murdering the young girl. Georgia Gov.
John M. Slaton later commuted Frank’s sentence to life, but a
vigilante crowd dragged him out of prison and lynched him on Aug 17.
In 1968 Leonard Dinnerstein authored “The Leo Frank Case." The story
is covered in the 1997 novel "The Old Religion" by David Mamet. In
1998 the musical "Parade" was produced based on the Frank lynching.
6/9/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/17/09, p.W8)
1913 Apr 26, Sun Yet San called
for revolt against Pres. Yuan Shikai in China.
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
(AP, 5/26/97)(WSJ, 9/17/97, p.A12)(HN,
1914 Apr 26, James William
Rouse, US builder of shopping malls, was born.
1915 Apr 26, Second Lieutenant
Rhodes-Moorhouse became the first airman to win the Victoria Cross
after conducting a successful bombing raid.
1916 Apr 26, Morris L. West,
novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), was born in Australia.
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.
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 “A Disappearing Number," for his
theater group “Complicite," based on Ramanujan’s 5 years a
1921 Apr 26, The first weather
news was aired by station WEW in St. Louis, Mo.
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1923 Apr 26, English prince
Albert (George VI) married lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
1924 Apr 26, Teddy Edwards,
tenor sax player, was born. He did "Me and My Lover."
(440 Int’l. 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
1928 Apr 26, Madame Tussaud's
waxwork exhibition opened in London.
1929 Apr 26, First non-stop
flight from England to India was completed.
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 Int’l. 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.
1932 Apr 26, Ed Wynn, the
Texaco fire chief, was heard on radio’s Texaco Star Theater for the
first time. He demanded and got a live audience to react to his
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1933 Apr 26, Carol Burnett,
comedian, actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), was born in San Antonio, Tx.
1933 Apr 26, Jewish students
were barred from school in Germany.
1936 Apr 26, Carol Burnett,
actress, was born.
(440 Int’l. 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 Int’l. 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 Int’l. 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 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1938 Apr 26, Duane Eddy,
guitarist, was born. His songs included: "Rebel-’rouser," "Forty
Miles of Bad Road," “Because they’re Young," " A Thunder of drums,"
"The Wild Westerners," "The Savage Seven," and "Kona Coast."
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1938 Apr 26, Austrian Jews
required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks.
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.
1941 Apr 26, First organ played
at a baseball stadium, Chicago, Illinois.
1942 Apr 26,
Bobby Rydell (Ridarelli), singer, was born. His songs included:
"Wild One," "We Got Love," and "Volare."
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1942 Apr 26, Luftwaffe bombed
1944 Apr 26, First B-29
attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down.
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 government’s 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 “Vichy
France: Old Guard and New Order."
(AP, 4/26/98)(SSFC, 8/26/01, DB p.80)(Econ,
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
(440 Int’l. 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 Int’l. 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.
1952 Apr 26, US minesweeper
"Hobson" rammed the aircraft carrier "Wasp," and 176 were killed.
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]
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 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)(SFC, 4/25/02,
p.A24)(SFC, 11/27/03, p.A24)
1959 Apr 26, The Panamanian
government reported 'suppression' of attempted guerilla invasion
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.
1961 Apr 26, French
paratroopers' revolt was suppressed in Algeria.
1964 Apr 26, Popular music of
the day included: "Can’t 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 Int’l. 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 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.2)
1964 Apr 26, Paul Joseph
Fronczak, the newborn child of Chester and Dora Fronczak was
abducted from a Chicago hospital. The mystery seemed solved two
years later, when police found an abandoned child who appeared to be
the missing boy and returned him to the parents. Genetic tests that
were not available in the 1960s revealed in 2013 that it was not
him. In 2019 media reports said a man living in rural Michigan may
be the missing child.
1964 Apr 26, The African
nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
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.
1968 Apr 26, The United States
exploded a 1.3 megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar" beneath the
1968 Apr 26, In San
Francisco Richard "Specs" Simmons (1928-2016) opened his 12 Adler
Museum Café in North Beach.
(SFC, 5/1/18, p.C1)
1968 Apr 26, Students seized
administration building at Ohio State University.
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 “17-year plague of locusts."
(WSJ, 5/31/00, p.A26)(Econ, 8/4/07,
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.
1970 Apr 26, The musical,
"Company," opened at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway. It starred
Elaine Stritch and ran for 690 performances.
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 “Gypsy: The Art of the Tease."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_Rose_Lee)(SSFC, 3/22/09, Books
1973 Apr 26, "Two Gentlemen of
Verona," musical opened in London.
1973 Apr 26, The Chicago Board
Options Exchange (CBOE) was founded.
1975 Apr 26, The top Billboard
song was "(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong
Song" by B.J. Thomas.
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.3)
1976 Apr 26, Pan Am began
non-stop flights between NYC and Tokyo.
1977 Apr 26, NY's famed disco
Studio 54 opened. It closed in March, 1986.
1978 Apr 26, A version of Mark
Twain’s "The Prince and the Pauper" appeared on TV with former
Beatle, Ringo Star.
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.
1982 Apr 26, Popular music of
the day included: "I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll" Joan Jett and the
Blackhearts; "We Got the Beat" by the Go-Go’s" "Chariots of Fire" by
Vangelis; and "Crying My Heart Out over You" by Ricky Scaggs.
(440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.1)
1982 Apr 26, Rod Stewart was
mugged. A gunman stole his $50,000 Porsche.
1983 Apr 26, The Dow Jones
moved past 1200 for the first time.
1984 Apr 26, Pres. Reagan
arrived in China for the start of a 6-day visit.
1984 Apr 26, William "Count"
Basie, jazz piano great, died on his 80th birthday. Joe
Williams sang "Come Sunday," Duke Ellington’s 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,
1986 Apr 26, [William]
Broderick Crawford (b.1911), actor (Highway Patrol), died.
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. 41 men died from the
explosion as unknown thousands were exposed to radioactive material
that spread in the atmosphere throughout the world. The plant 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 clean-up 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)(Econ, 4/30/15,
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.
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.
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
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.
1991 Apr 26, Twenty-three
people were killed as four dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and
1992 Apr 26, The musical "Grand
Hotel" closed at the Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,017
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
1992 Apr 26, Worshippers
celebrated the first Russian Orthodox Easter in Moscow in 74 years.
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.
1993 Apr 26, Conan O'Brien was
named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's "Late Night"
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
People’s 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:
“Guatemala: Never Again." Marks on the bishop’s 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 bishop’s 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.
(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,
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
(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.
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 nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples
to form civil unions.
2000 Apr 26, In Texas a prison
riot between Blacks and Hispanics left one person dead and 31
(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.
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
(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
(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
(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.
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 “From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A8)(AP, 4/26/04)(WSJ, 9/2/06,
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
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.
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
(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.
2003 Apr 26, Russia launched a
Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian
cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko to keep the int’l. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2004 Apr 26, Hamas denounced 2
Palestinian men who died while stopping a suicide bomber from
(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.
2005 Apr 26, US Congressional
aides said global terrorist attacks rose to 650 in 2004 from 175 in
(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, Florida’s Gov.
Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet “force 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
(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
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.
2005 Apr 26, Actress Maria
Schell died in Preitenegg, Austria, at age 79.
2005 Apr 26, In Bangladesh at
least 17 people were killed and 33 injured when a bus hurtled down a
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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 Apr 26, Syria ended its
29-year military domination of Lebanon as soldiers flashing victory
signs completed a withdrawal.
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.
2005 Apr 26, Togo’s 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.
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
2006 Apr 26, Pres. Bush
formally named Tony Snow, a Fox News commentator, to be his press
(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.
2006 Apr 26, Florida lawmakers
agreed to shut down the state’s 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, Argentina’s
President Nestor Kirchner announced plans for a high-speed train
from Buenos Aires to Cordoba. A contract for construction was signed
2006 Apr 26, It was reported
that John Prescott (67), Britain’s deputy prime minister, had
engaged in a 2-year affair with his much younger secretary, Tracey
(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."
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.
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
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 Awad’s 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
2007 Apr 26, In Orangeburg,
S.C., 8 Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered for their first
debate of the 2008 campaign.
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 “This Time, This Place: My
Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood," was published
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2007 Apr 26, Ecuador’s
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 nation’s 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2007 Apr 26, Peru’s 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
(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
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.
2007 Apr 26, Syria’s government
said that the ruling coalition took an overwhelming majority of
seats in parliamentary elections that were boycotted by the
opposition as a farce.
2007 Apr 26, In Turkey an
eight-story apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, and some
people were reportedly buried under the debris.
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.
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.
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
(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 “Ice
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2008 Apr 26, Turkey's PM
Erdogan was in Syria in a bid to restart peace negotiations between
Damascus and its Mideast foe, Israel.
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.
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.
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 “Murder
in Amityville," the basis for the 1982 film “Amityville 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.
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.
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.
2009 Apr 26, In Chile a fire
touched off by brawling inmates swept through the Colina prison near
Santiago, killing 10 prisoners.
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.
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
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2010 Apr 26, Fred Halliday
(64), English professor of int’l. 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.
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
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.
2010 Apr 26, In Guatemala the
Santiaguito volcano showered sand and ash over a large western area
in an "unusual" and "violent" eruption.
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.
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.
2010 Apr 26, Iran’s 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
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
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.
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.
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.
2010 Apr 26, Mexico’s Interior
Secretary Fernandez Gomez-Mont said drug cartels have changed
tactics and are turning more attacks on authorities, rather than
focusing their fire on rival’s 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, Morocco’s
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
2011 Apr 26, SF Mayor Ed Lee
named Capt. Greg Suhr (30), a local 30-year veteran, as the new
(SFC, 4/27/11, p.A1)
2011 Apr 26, Phoebe Snow
(b.1950), pop singer, died in New York. Her songs included “Poetry
(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 Kandahar’s largest prison, as it
scrambled to recover from the massive security breach that allowed
480 inmates to be spirited out in a stunning jailbreak.
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."
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
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.
2011 Apr 26, In Colombia 5
police officers were killed and two wounded when suspected leftist
rebels attacked two police posts in different regions.
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"
2011 Apr 26, French dairy giant
Lactalis offered $5 billion (€3.4 billion) for Parmalat, Italy’s
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.
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.
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
2011 Apr 26, In Libya late
night NATO warplanes broke up an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces in
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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 “Why 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
2013 Apr 26, Russian police and
security agents detained 140 people at a mosque in Moscow on
suspicion of involvement with Islamic extremism.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 26, Serbian lawmakers
overwhelmingly supported an agreement normalizing relations with
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Apr 26, In southern
Afghanistan 5 NATO troops died in a British helicopter crash in
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.
2014 Apr 26, British teenager
Stephen Sutton (19) broke all records on the JustGiving fundraising
website by breaking the Â£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.
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, China’s 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
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."
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
(SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A7)
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.
2014 Apr 26, In Egypt a
27-year-old civil engineer was diagnosed with MERS after returning
from Saudi Arabia.
2014 Apr 26, Iran hanged in
public 3 men convicted of killing prosecutor Mousa Nouri last Nov 6
in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
2014 Apr 26, Iraqi police found
9 bodies, some bullet-riddled, in several Sunni and Shiite districts
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.
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.
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.
2014 Apr 26, The Dutch donned
crazy orange-colored outfits and celebrated their first ever "King's
Day" — 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.
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.
2014 Apr 26, Two Saudi
nationals died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus
in the worst-hit country to 94.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 4/26/14)(AP, 4/30/14)
2015 Apr 26, Corinthian
Colleges announced the closure of its remaining 28 for-profit
colleges. They included the company’s 10 Heald Colleges in
California, as well as one in Hawaii and another in Oregon. Its
Everest and WyoTech campuses closed in Arizona, California and New
(SFC, 4/27/15, p.C1)
2015 Apr 26, In the SF Bay Area
William Shultz (18) stabbed to death Jordan Almgren (9) the younger
brother of his best friend in discovery Bay. Shultz said he wanted
to see what it was like to take a life.
(SFC, 4/29/15, p.D3)
2015 Apr 26, Benin held
elections. The party of President Thomas Boni Yayi won the
parliamentary elections with 33 seats out of 83 but failed to secure
an absolute majority. The Union Makes the Nation and the Democratic
Renewal Party secured 13 and 10 seats respectively.
(AFP, 5/1/15)(AFP, 5/4/15)
2015 Apr 26, Burundian police
shot dead 2 protesters and wounded at least one other, in
demonstrations against the president seeking a third term.
2015 Apr 26, Voters in the
breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus went to the polls to
choose a new president in a runoff that could accelerate UN-backed
efforts to unify the island. Turkish Cypriot independent Mustafa
Akinci swept to victory with 60.5 percent of the vote over incumbent
conservative Dervis Eroglu.
(AFP, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015 Apr 26, In Iraq at least
22 people were killed in explosions across the country, including a
suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar
An Iraqi staff member of the UN was kidnapped in the eastern
province of Diyala.
(Reuters, 4/26/15)(AP, 4/28/15)
2015 Apr 26, Israel’s military
said it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after
spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Golan Heights. 4 men were
(SFC, 4/27/15, p.A4)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.40)
2015 Apr 26, Kazakhstan's
citizens turned out in force for a presidential poll. Strongman
incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev (74) won with 97.7% of the vote.
Central Election Commission data showed turnout was 95.22%.
(AFP, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015 Apr 26, Malaysian police
said that they have detained 12 men this weekend with suspected
links to the Islamic state group who are believed to be plotting
attacks on strategic government targets in the country.
2015 Apr 26, In Nepal a
magnitude 6.7 aftershock followed the 7.9 earthquake from a day
earlier as the death toll passed 2,200 people. The bodies of 17
climbers were recovered from Mount Everest after being caught in
2015 Apr 26, In Pakistan a
storm late today brought heavy rains and winds of up to 120 kph (75
mph), causing hundreds of homes to collapse. At least 45 people were
left dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2015 Apr 26, In Saudi Arabia a
plane affiliated with the King Faisal Air Academy, a military flight
school in Riyadh, crashed and killed the instructor and a student
2015 Apr 26, Serbia sealed an
agreement with an Abu Dhabi investor for a multi-billion-dollar,
Dubai-style riverside development that has drawn fire from some
Belgraders worried about the scale and cost of the project.
2015 Apr 26, In Somalia and a
senior prison officer was killed near the Bakara market in
Mogadishu. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
2015 Apr 26, Syrian military
aircraft bombed the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, a day
after insurgents seized control of it. Airstrikes on Darkoush
(Darkush), some 20 km north of Jisr al-Shughour, killed and wounded
at least 34 civilians.
(AP, 4/26/15)(AFP, 4/26/15)
2015 Apr 26, In Yemen air
raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook the country in some
of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened
last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia. A group of tribal
and Islamist fighters in Taiz took back several districts from the
Iran-allied Houthi militia amid heavy fighting that left some 20
civilians dead and dozens wounded.
(Reuters, 4/26/15)(SFC, 4/27/15, p.A4)
2016 Apr 26, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
2016 Apr 26, Hillary Clinton
and Donald Trump were a giant step closer to their parties'
presidential nominations after crushing their respective Democratic
and Republican rivals in a string of presidential primaries.
2016 Apr 26, Australian PM
Malcolm Turnbull announced that France has beaten Japan and Germany
to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12
submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defense
2016 Apr 26, Junior doctors in
England staged their first ever all-out strike in a bitter,
deadlocked row with PM David Cameron's government over pay and
conditions. The National Health Service employs more than 50,000
2016 Apr 26, In Cape Verde a
disgruntled soldier, who had gone missing, was suspected of gunning
down eight soldiers and three civilians, including two Spaniards.
Suspect Manuel Antonio Silva Ribeiro (22) was arrested after a
2016 Apr 26, The Supreme Court
in the Russia-annexed peninsula Crimea banned a Crimean Tatar group
in the latest step to marginalize the minority.
2016 Apr 26, French train
services were severely disrupted as tens of thousands of state rail
workers protested over plans to reduce rest periods and other
protective work practices in preparation for Europe-wide
2016 Apr 26, German government
workers called short-term strikes in the run-up to wage discussions
later this week. Lufthansa said it has cancelled 895 flights
scheduled for April 27 from six German airports as public-sector
workers doing ground handling and security checks were expected to
walk off the job.
2016 Apr 26, Iranian state TV
said a court has sentenced four pro-reform journalists to prison
terms ranging from five to 10 years after convicting them on charges
of acting against national security.
2016 Apr 26, Iraqi lawmakers
threw water bottles towards Iraq's premier and chanted against the
parliament speaker, impeding a planned vote on a new cabinet lineup
as thousands demonstrated for reforms nearby.
2016 Apr 26, Dutch prosecutors
said the former spokesman of Geert Wilder, the far-right Dutch
politician who wants to ban Muslim immigration in Europe, embezzled
nearly 180,000 euros ($203,000) in party funds to finance a luxury
2016 Apr 26, Palestinian
novelist Rabai al-Madhoun received the $50,000 award, known as the
"Arabic Booker," for "Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and
Nakba" in Abu Dhabi, which sponsors the competition.
2016 Apr 26, Papua New Guinea's
Supreme Court ruled that Australia's detention of asylum seekers at
a facility on the Pacific nation's Manus Island is unconstitutional.
A day later PM Peter O’Neill announced the detention center would be
(AP, 4/26/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 26, South Sudan rebel
chief Riek Machar was sworn in as vice-president in the capital Juba
as part of a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of
ferocious civil war.
2016 Apr 26, In Syria attacks
by government forces and rebels killed at least 30 people, including
8 children, in the last 24 hours in Aleppo. 5 Civil Defense workers
were killed west of Aleppo by air strikes and a rocket attack on
2016 Apr 26, In Thailand a
same-sex American-Spanish couple won a high-profile custody battle
against a surrogate mother who gave birth to their child but then
decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were
2017 Apr 26, The Trump
administration released a plan for massive business and personal tax
cuts, but only vague indications of how to pay for them.
(SFC, 4/27/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 26, The Trump
administration told lawmakers it will apply economic and diplomatic
pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
2017 Apr 26, US President
Donald Trump signed an executive order to identify national
monuments that can be rescinded or resized - part of a push to open
up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development.
2017 Apr 26, It was reported
that water contamination has been found near 27 former or current US
military installations in 16 states where firefighting foam was used
containing toxic chemicals.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A6)
2017 Apr 26, In Ohio Laith
Waleed Alebbini (26), a Jordanian citizen living in Dayton, was
arrested at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International airport
for attempting to provide material support or resources to the
Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS. In 2019 he was sentenced
15 years in prison.
2017 Apr 26, Jonathan Demme
(73), Oscar-winning filmmaker, died in NYC. His films included
“Melvin and Howard" (1980), “The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and
(SFC, 4/27/17, p.A7)
2017 Apr 26, Reporters Without
Borders presented its annual rankings on press freedom and ranked
the United States 43rd out of 180 nations.
(SFC, 4/28/17, p.A6)
2017 Apr 26, Harold F. Weaver,
UC Berkeley pioneer of radio astronomy, died at his East Bay home in
Kensington. His work included the discovery of the first
interstellar molecules known as hydroxyl radicals.
(http://tinyurl.com/kylx52e)(SSFC, 5/7/17, p.C10)
2017 Apr 26, In eastern
Afghanistan two US service members were killed late today during an
operation against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province.
Dozens of IS fighters were also reported killed, but because of the
remoteness of the region it was impossible to independently confirm
the deaths. On April 28 the Pentagon said the two US special
operations forces soldiers killed may have been struck by friendly
fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants
(Reuters, 4/27/17)(AP, 4/28/17)(Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017 Apr 26, Farmers in
Argentina gave away truckloads of vegetables in central Buenos Aires
for a 2nd time this week in a protest over low prices for their
produce that also highlighted the growing ranks of poor in the
2017 Apr 26, British scientists
said inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts
can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where
they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
2017 Apr 26, French
intelligence services said they have scientific proof that the
Syrian regime was responsible for the April 4 suspected chemical
attack that killed 87 people.
2017 Apr 26, In Guatemala
students were protesting a shortage of teachers at their school when
a car plowed into them and then fled. One of the victims, a
15-year-old girl, soon died from her injuries. The alleged driver, a
US citizen (25) and the son of an evangelical pastor, was later
taken into custody.
2017 Apr 26, Iraqi paramilitary
forces said that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old
historical site near the northern city of Mosul.
2017 Apr 26, In Kenya one
person was reported killed and another injured in hotly contested
primary elections in the capital Nairobi, as the country heads
toward general elections in August.
2017 Apr 26, Pakistan's
military released a video in which Liaquat Ali, better known by his
nom de guerre, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said Afghan and Indian intelligence
agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban
militants to fight Islamabad. Ehsan, the group's former spokesman,
surrendered last week.
2017 Apr 26, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants
in North Waziristan.
2017 Apr 26, In Romania
hundreds of taxi and bus drivers protested outside government
offices in Bucharest to demand that Uber and other online ride
services be outlawed.
2017 Apr 26, South African
Airways cancelled nearly three dozen flights, most of them domestic,
because of a strike by some cabin crew. A labor court ruled that the
strike was not allowed under terms of the crewmembers' contracts.
(AP, 4/26/17)(AP, 4/27/17)
2017 Apr 26, South Sudan’s
government launched a new offensive. Some 50,000 people in Kodok in
Upper Nile state, many of whom fled fighting six weeks ago in the
town of Wau Shilluk, were at risk from the violence.
2017 Apr 26, Turkish police
launched simultaneous operations across the country, detaining more
than 1,000 people with suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah
Gulen. Warrants were issued for the detention of some 2,200 other
2017 Apr 26, Turkey's main
opposition party said it would challenge the outcome of the
country's April 16 referendum on expanding the president's powers at
the European Court of Human Rights a day after a high court rejected
2017 Apr 26, Turkish warplanes
hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and killed six
militants, in a second day of cross-border raids.
2017 Apr 26, Three Ukrainian
troops were killed and four wounded in eastern Ukraine in an
apparent flare-up of fighting between government troops and
2017 Apr 26, Venezuela said
that it would begin withdrawing for the Organization of American
States to counter an attempt by the OAS and conservative regional
governments to topple Pres. Maduro.
(SFC, 4/27/17, p.A2)
2018 Apr 26, US President
Donald Trump's doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to head
the Department of Veterans Affairs following allegations he
improperly handed out drugs and was drunk at work.
2018 Apr 26, Mike Pompeo took
over as America's top diplomat after being confirmed by the US
Senate. The following day he hit the ground running with a series of
meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
2018 Apr 26, Teachers in
Arizona and Colorado kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down
public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 26, California utility
regulators penalized Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $97.5 million
over improper back-channel communications with their own agency
following the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.C1)
2018 Apr 26, In the SF Bay Area
the Silicon Valley Community Foundation said it has placed CEO Emmet
Carson on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues
into a workplace culture that former employees said allowed bullying
and sexual harassment.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.A1)
2018 Apr 26, In Pennsylvania TV
star Bill Cosby (80) was convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea
Constand in 2004.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 26, In northern
Wisconsin the crash of a medical helicopter crash left three crew
(SFC, 4/28/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 26, Bahrain state news
reported that King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has commuted death
sentences handed down to four men by a military court to life in
2018 Apr 26, Bosnia's central
government said it would step up border controls to prevent a
further influx of migrants and try to accommodate those already in
Bosnia in the face of criticism that it is failing to adequately
protect their rights.
2018 Apr 26, In Brazil as many
as 2,000 indigenous people marched through Brasilia to protest what
they say is an unprecedented governmental assault on their rights
2018 Apr 26, The European Union
extended its arms embargo against Myanmar, following human rights
violations in the country, and was preparing sanctions against
individual army officials.
2018 Apr 26, In France
ministers from more than 70 countries discussed ways to combat
financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida at an
international conference in Paris.
2018 Apr 26, Georgia's PM
Giorgi Kvirikashvili said former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili,
the country's richest man, is making a political comeback and will
chair the ruling Georgian Dream party.
2018 Apr 26, German and French
officials signed four documents in Berlin that they said underscored
their determination to work together to jointly develop new weapons
systems, including a maritime airborne warfare aircraft and a new
2018 Apr 26, In India thirteen
children were killed when a train hit their school van at an
unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh state.
2018 Apr 26, Iranian media
confirmed that Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian scientist and peace
campaigner, has been arrested for his alleged role in an
"infiltration network." Edalat was reportedly detained on April 15.
2018 Apr 26, In southern Israel
nine girls and a boy were killed after they were swept away by a
flash flood in the Zafit river bed in the Negev Desert.
(Reuters, 4/26/18)(Reuters, 4/27/18)
2018 Apr 26, Authorities in
southern Mexico found a body they believe is that of Polish cyclist
Krzysztof Chmielewski, as well as a bicycle and a shoe belonging to
missing German cyclist Holger Franz Hagenbusch at the bottom of a
600-foot (200-meter) drop off the side of a rural highway. The two
were apparently biking together on the narrow road in Chiapas state.
Forensics tests later revealed a bullet wound to the German's head.
(AP, 5/4/18)(AP, 5/11/18)
2018 Apr 26, In the Netherlands
Russian officials brought purported Syrian witnesses for a briefing
at The Hague headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons. Moscow says they were filmed in "staged videos" in
the aftermath of the April 7 reported chemical weapons attack in
Douma. Britain and France denounced this as a stunt and an "obscene
2018 Apr 26, In Nigeria at
least four people were killed when Boko Haram suicide bombers
attacked Maiduguri. Five suicide bombers also died trying to
detonate their explosives while trying to reach the city's Giwa
Barracks, where suspected militants are held. At least one member of
the security forces was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his
explosives near a military vehicle. Air strikes killed an
unspecified number of jihadists as they fled. It was also announced
that 22 soldiers from a regional force have been killed in fighting
2018 Apr 26, A Pakistani court
disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from parliament, striking
another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
party ahead of a general election due in a few months. The court
ruled Asif did not fully disclose his status as an employee of a UAE
company and therefore was "not qualified" to be in parliament.
2018 Apr 26, Peru's
Constitutional Court said ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife
can remain free while they await their corruption trial.
Bureaucratic delays held up the release.
2018 Apr 26, In Romania
thousands of health care workers protested wage cuts outside the
government offices in Bucharest.
2018 Apr 26, Romania's
environment ministry said that the country had between 6,050 to
6,640 brown bears in 2016 and that 4,000 bears was an optimum figure
from an "ecological, social and economic point of view."
2018 Apr 26, Rwanda reported
the discovery of mass graves the could contain more than 2,000
bodies in the Gasabo district dating back to the 1994 killings that
left more than 800,000 people killed.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 26, Serbia barred
Croatia's deputy prime minister and defense minister Damir
Krsticevic from entering the country until further notice, in a
tit-for-tat move following a similar action by Zagreb last weekend.
2018 Apr 26, Slovak President
Andrej Kiska named Denisa Sakova, a leading ruling party figure, as
the new interior minister despite his reservations amid public calls
for an independent to guarantee a fair inquiry into the murder of an
2018 Apr 26, In Spain women's
rights groups protested after a court in northern Spain sentenced
five men to nine years each in prison for the lesser crime of sexual
abuse in what activists saw as a gang rape during the 2016 running
of the bulls festival in Pamplona.
2018 Apr 26, Syria's state news
agency said that dozens of IS fighters were killed in battles in the
southern Damascus neighborhood of Hajar al-Aswad during which ground
forces closely coordinated with the air force in bombarding the
2018 Apr 26, Tanzanians largely
ignored a call by US-based activist Mange Kimambi to stage
nationwide protests against President John Magufuli's government.
Nine demonstrators marched in Dar es Salaam and were quickly
arrested. The main opposition party, CHADEMA, said several of its
leaders were arrested by the police in various parts of the country
on allegations of inciting Tanzanians to take to the streets.
2019 Apr 26, President Donald
Trump said that the US did not pay $2 million to North Korea in 2017
to get American college student Otto Warmbier released from
2019 Apr 26, President Donald
Trump expressed confidence that a bilateral trade deal between the
US and Japan can be reached quickly despite ongoing differences over
tariffs as he opened talks with PM Shinzo Abe at the White House.
2019 Apr 26, In Washington DC
Maria Butina, the only Russian arrested and convicted in the
three-year investigation of Moscow's interference in US politics,
was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
2019 Apr 26, The US Treasury
Department imposed sanctions on Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge
Arreaza and a judge, Carol Padilla.
2019 Apr 26, In southern
California Army veteran Mark Domingo (26) was arrested after
visiting a park in Long Beach where authorities said he planned to
plant homemade explosive devices in advance of a Nazi rally
scheduled for April 28.
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A7)
2019 Apr 26, Kansas' highest
court ruled that the state Constitution protects abortion rights and
blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester
method for ending pregnancies.
(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 26, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the country's new parliament, almost six
months since elections were held and following long delays,
unresolved disputes and political bickering.
2019 Apr 26, Algerian
protesters vowed to keep up the pressure on the regime left behind
by Abdelaziz Bouteflika, staging a tenth consecutive weekly mass
rally after a string of people close to the toppled president were
sacked or arrested over alleged graft.
2019 Apr 26, In Brussels
thousands of trade union members protested outside EU headquarters
to demand better working conditions and protections for employees
after next month's EU-wide elections.
2019 Apr 26, Thousands of
indigenous Brazilians turned up for a march in Brasilia, protesting
ministerial changes implemented by far-right President Jair
Bolsonaro that they say are hurting their people.
2019 Apr 26, London and Dublin
announced a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland's devolved
power-sharing institutions following the killing of a journalist by
republican paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the UK, has
been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017
following a breakdown in trust between its main parties.
2019 Apr 26, In eastern Burkina
Faso five teachers were shot to death.
2019 Apr 26, Chinese President
Xi Jinping promised to set high standards for Beijing's sweeping
infrastructure-building initiative at the opening ceremony of the
second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in
Beijing. Fellow leaders praised the effort despite worries it leaves
some developing countries with too much debt.
2019 Apr 26, Human Rights Watch
called on China and Pakistan to take action to end bride
trafficking, warning in an April 26 statement of "increasing
evidence that Pakistani women and girls are at risk of sexual
slavery in China".
2019 Apr 26, A special peace
tribunal in Colombia for the first time ordered the arrest of Hernan
Velasquez, a former FARC rebel, for failing to contribute to
reconciliation efforts mandated by the country's peace deal.
2019 Apr 26, In Ecuador an
indigenous Amazon tribe won an early court victory in its fight to
stop oil extraction in its ancestral territory. A judge in a
provincial court determined that the Waorani people have a right to
be consulted before any oil drilling takes place.
2019 Apr 26, French
pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said the European Medicines Agency had
conditionally approved its anti-cancer drug Libtayo, the first drug
of its kind to be authorized for use in the EU. The tumor-reducing
drug is aimed at patients with the second most common form of skin
cancer, cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), whose cancer is
advanced, and who are not candidates for surgery or radiation
2019 Apr 26, German energy
company RWE says it won't invest in new coal-fired power stations
and is scrapping plans for a lignite-fired plant in western Germany.
RWE, which operates several of Europe's most-polluting power plants,
said in a statement that it will now focus on generating electricity
from renewable sources.
2019 Apr 26, Mexico expressed
fresh concern to the United States about delays in the movement of
goods and people across their border, after becoming Washington's
biggest trade partner for the first time earlier this year.
2019 Apr 26, Mexico imposed a
three-year ban on scandal-tainted Brazilian construction giant
Odebrecht from participating in federal contracts.
2019 Apr 26, Cyclone Kenneth
ripped off roofs in Mozambique and killed at least three people as
the UN warned of "massive flooding" ahead. Over the next 10 days,
the storm is expected to dump twice as much rain as Cyclone Idai did
2019 Apr 26, Myanmar began
releasing prisoners after the president announced he would pardon
nearly 7,000 people in addition to thousands released earlier this
2019 Apr 26, Police in Northern
Ireland released footage of immediately before and after the April
18 shooting of journalist Lyra McKee showing three men who were
involved in the rioting and identified one as the gunman who they
believe is in his late teens.
2019 Apr 26, Poland signed an
agreement with Italy's Leonardo to buy four AW101 helicopters for
its navy in a deal worth 1.65 billion zlotys ($428 million).
2019 Apr 26, In Somalia's
semi-autonomous Puntland region a US air strike killed three
fighters from the Islamic State on the outskirts of Timirshe
2019 Apr 26, In South Korea
K-pop and drama star Park Yu-chun (32) was arrested on charges of
buying and using illegal drugs, the latest in a series of scandals
to hit the South Korean entertainment business.
2019 Apr 26, Sri Lankan police
worked to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State,
which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings
that killed 253, as shooting erupted in the east during a raid.
Catholic churches in Sri Lanka canceled all Sunday Masses until
further notice over concerns that they remain a top target of
Islamic State-linked extremists.
(Reuters, 4/26/19)(AP, 4/26/19)
2019 Apr 26, In Sri Lanka
militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off
explosives during a raid late today by security forces on a house in
the country's east. The gunbattle left 15 dead, including six
children. The father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of
the Easter Sunday bombings were among those killed when security
forces stormed their safe house on the east coast.
(AP, 4/27/19)(Reuters, 4/28/19)
2019 Apr 26, Thousands of
Sudanese protesters performed the weekly Muslim prayers outside army
headquarters, a day after a vast crowd of demonstrators flooded
Khartoum to demand the military rulers cede power.
2019 Apr 26, Scandinavian
airline SAS pilots went on strike as wage talks broke down,
grounding around 70 percent of the airline's flights and hitting
some 170,000 people over the weekend alone. SAS is part-owned by the
Swedish and Danish governments.
2019 Apr 26, An avalanche in
southern Switzerland killed four German skiers near the village of
2019 Apr 26, In northwestern
Syria Russian strikes killed 10 civilians in Idlib province, the hub
of territory held by the jihadists of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
2019 Apr 26, In Turkey Istanbul
prosecutors ordered the detention of 210 military personnel over
suspected links to the network blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a
failed 2016 military coup.
2019 Apr 26, Separatist
officials in rebel-held eastern Ukraine said a methane blast at a
coal mine has killed at least four people and 13 others are believed
to be missing. The death toll soon rose to 17.
(AP, 4/26/19)(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A2)
2019 Apr 26, The UN's
International Labour Organization said Qatar is set to abolish its
controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of
2019 Apr 26, A UN spokesperson
said more than 7,000 people have left a desperate desert camp for
displaced Syrians near the Jordanian border since March. Around
36,000 people remained in the isolated Rukban camp near Al-Tanf base
used by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.
2019 Apr 26, The UN migration
agency said Yemeni authorities have rounded up about 3,000 irregular
migrants, predominantly Ethiopians, in the south of the country,
"creating an acute humanitarian situation".