Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, April  26, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine killed at least 31 people and sent radioactivity into the atmosphere.

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1607An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
1785Naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in Haiti.
1865John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va.
1937Planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
1945Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
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1964The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1989Actress-comedian Lucille Ball died at age 77.
1998Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading Guatemalan human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2000Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
2005Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended as Syrian soldiers completed a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and Lebanese street protests.
2008Police in Austria arrested a man accused of holding his daughter captive in a windowless cellar for 24 years, fathering her seven children and killing one of them. (Josef Fritzl is serving life in a psychiatric ward.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-comedian Carol Burnett turns 84 years old today.
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Duane EddyRock musician79
Bobby RydellSinger75
Roger TaylorRock musician (Duran Duran)57
Joan ChenActress56
Marianne Jean-BaptisteActress ("Without a Trace")50
Jay DeMarcusCountry musician (Rascal Flats)46
Jordana BrewsterActress37
Marnette PattersonActress37
Channing TatumActor37
Actor Jet Li turns 54 years old today.
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