Wednesday, April 26, 2017
U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam at five-year low » 1971 Vietnam War
Olympic track star Fanny Blankers-Koen is born » 1918
. She accomplished this as a 30-year-old mother of two, during a time when many disregarded women's athletics. Her background and performances earned her the nickname "the Flying Housewife". She was the most successful athlete at the 1948 Summer Olympics.
James Beckwourth is born » 1798
James Pierson Beckwourth, born James Beckwith and generally known as, Jim Beckwourth (April 26, 1798 or 1800 Frederick County, Virginia – October 29, 1866 or 1867, Denver, Colorado Territory) was an American mountain man, fur trader, and explorer. A mulatto born into slavery in Virginia, he was f...
Country music star George Jones dies » 2013
(September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his best known song "
Studio 54 opens » 1977
Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell, Michael Jackson and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith pose together in 1977, the club's first year in business. Rubell and Ian Schrager,…
Anita Loos is born » 1888
Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She wrote film scripts from 1912, and became arguably the first-ever staff scriptwriter, when D.W. Griffith put her on the payro...
Nazis test Luftwaffe on Guernica » 1937
The bombing of Guernica (26 April 1937) was an aerial bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. It was carried out at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government by its allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe's Condor Legion and…
Girl murdered in pencil factory » 1913
Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies » 1865 Civil War
John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American actor and assassin, who murdered President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-k...
Polio vaccine trials begin 1954
Polio vaccines are vaccines used to prevent poliomyelitis (polio). There are two types: one that uses inactivated poliovirus and is given by injection (IPV), and one that uses weakened poliovirus and is given by mouth (OPV). The World Health Organization recommends all children be fully vaccinate...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Maple Leafs win third Stanley Cup in a row » 1964
The Toronto Maple Leafs (officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club) are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).…
A play lionizing Davy Crockett opens » 1831
David "Davy" Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee…
Ella Fitzgerald is born » 1917
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like"…
Robinson Crusoe is published » 1719
, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a