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Today In History

April 26th

1607 The first British colonists to establish a permanent settlement in America landed at Cape Henry, Va.
1937 During the Spanish Civil War, German-made planes destroyed the Basque town of Guernica, Spain.
1986 A fire at the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear reactor north of Kiev resulted in the world's worst nuclear disaster.
1992 Powerful aftershocks rattled Northern California following a 6.9 earthquake that injured at least 65 people.
1993 A domestic Indian airliner slammed into a parked truck during takeoff and crashed near Aurangabad, killing at least 55 of the 118 people aboard.
1993 Gunmen seized the Costa Rica Supreme Court, holding 17 judges and five other people hostage. The assailants freed their hostages three days later and were captured en route to the airport.
1994 South Africans began going to the polls in the country's first election that was open to all. Four days of voting would elect Nelson Mandela president.
1996 An auction of the belongings of Jackie Onassis yielded $34 million, about seven times what Sotheby's auction house had estimated.
2002 A German youth who had been expelled from the Gutenberg school in Erfurt, Germany, returned to the school and shot 16 people to death.
2003 U.S. officials said a large munitions dump at a coalition-controlled Iraqi army base exploded, sending an errant missile into a neighborhood and killing at least six Iraqi civilians and injuring many more.
2005 The last of the Syrian troops left Lebanon, ending a 29-year military presence.
2006 Solemn commemorative events in Ukraine and Russia marked the 20th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. The United Nations said about 9,000 people died from the accident but environmental groups claim the real toll is at least 10 times higher.
2006 U.S. President George Bush appointed Fox News commentator Tony Snow as his press secretary, replacing Scott McClellan.
2007 The U.S. Senate gave final approval to a $124 billion supplemental spending bill that imposed a timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. U.S. President George Bush vowed to veto the measure.
2007 New Hampshire lawmakers approved a measure legalizing civil unions between gay and lesbian couples.


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