April 26th

April 26th is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 249 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

April 26th
The Chandos portrait (artist and authenticity unconfirmed), in the National Portrait Gallery, London

1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (date of actual birth is unknown).

 

 

 

 

 

The Smiths – Shakespeare’s Sister

 

L’Aigle meteorite

1803 – Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L’Aigle, France; the event convinces European scientists that meteors exist.

 

 

 

Owl City – Meteor Shower

 

April 26th
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, viewed from a nearby road

1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

 

 

Highasakite – Chernobyl

April 19th

April 19th is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 256 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

April 19th
Gold solidus of Irene, 797–802, Constantinople.

797 – Empress Irene organizes a conspiracy against her son, the Byzantine emperor Constantine VI. He is deposed and blinded. Shortly after, Constantine dies of his wounds; Irene proclaims herself basileus.

 

 

 

Okkervil River – Goodnight, Irene

 

 

April 19th
Portrait by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1778

1770 – Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI of France in a proxy wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophe Lux – Marie Antoinette Robot 2073

 

 

 

April 19th
Branch Davidian flag

1993 – The 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building in Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. 76 Davidians including 18 children under the age of 10 died in the fire

 

 

The Mountain Goats – Waco

 

April 12th

April 12th is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

 

April 12th
The rebuilt Broughton suspension bridge in 1883

1831 – Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.

 

 

 

Screamfeeder – Bridge Over Nothing

 

 

 

April 12th
“The war in Tennessee: Confederate massacre of black Union troops after the surrender at Fort Pillow, April 12, 1864”

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Fort Pillow: Confederate forces kill most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.

 

 

 

Sydnee Carter – Pillow Fort

 

 

April 12th
This 1963 poster featured CDC’s national symbol of public health, the “Wellbee”, encouraging the public to receive an oral polio vaccine.

1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shout Wellington Airforce – Polio

 

 

April 5th

April 5th is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 270 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

April 5th
Main Street in Tupelo

1936Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Tupelo

 

 

 

April 5th
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, Illinois

1949 – A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.

 

 

 

Dick Kohles – Hospital Fires

 

 

April 5th
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (1951)

1951 – Cold War: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.

 

 

 

 

They Might Be Giants – Spy

March 29th

March 29th is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 277 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

March 29th
Queen Victoria, 1882

1867Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to the British North America Act, on July 1, 1867, the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia joined to form the semi-autonomous federal Dominionof Canada. This began an accretion of provinces and territories to the mostly self-governing Dominion to the present ten provinces and three territories forming modern Canada.

 

 

The Blow – Oh Canada

 

 

Emblem of the Knights of Columbus

1882 – The Knights of Columbus are established.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween, Alsaka – Knights of Columbus

 

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

1974 – Terracotta Army was discovered in Shaanxi provinceChina.

 

 

 

 

Blur – My Terracotta Heart
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