April 26

1607

Colonists land at Cape Henry, Va., They would found Jamestown the next month.

1865

John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand.

1937

The German Luftwaffe (air force) destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica.

1964

Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined to form Tanzania.

1986

The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, U.S.S.R.

1994

The first multi-racial elections were held in South Africa.

2000

Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

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