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