On This Day In History, 26 April

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World Events Today

  • Ariel 1, Britain’s first satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral in the United States today in 1962
  • The President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and the First Lady, Nancy Reagan, started an official state visit to China today in 1984, it was the first by a United States President, since Richard Nixon in 1972
  • The Daulatpur–Saturia tornado, probably the most deadly in history, occurred today in 1989 in Bangladesh, it is estimated that more than 1,000 people lost their lives

Entertainment Events Today

  • The British Rock legend Rod Stewart, was mugged at gunpoint today in 1982 in Hollywood, the gunman took off with his wallet, shopping items and Porsche
  • The Cavern Club in Liverpool, which regularly played host to The Beatles in their early years, reopened today in 1984
  • The American dystopian drama web television series The Handmaid’s Tale, aired for the first time today in 2017 on Hulu

Family Events Today

  • Rudolf Hess, a leading member of the Nazi Party, who famously flew to Scotland in 1941 to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II, was born today in 1894 in Alexandria, Egypt
  • The British sports commentator and TV presenter David Coleman, OBE, was born today in 1926 in Cheshire, he covered 6 football World Cups during his legendary career
  • The former fashion model Melanija Knavs, now known as Melania Trump, was born today in 1970 in Slovenia

Main Event Today

  • The Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, a nuclear accident, considered the worst in history, occurred today in 1986

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Pretzel Day

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