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This Day in History for April 26

This Day In History1865 – Confederate General J E Johnson surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina.

1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity.

1900 – American League baseball opener in Cleveland draws 6,500.

1920 – Harlow Shapely and Heber D. Curtis hold ‘great debate’ on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season.

1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

1954 – Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins.

1957 – Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens.

1961 – Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961.

1962 – 1st Lockheed A-12 flies.

1966 – Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic’s coach.

1968 – Students seize administration building in Ohio State.

1976 – Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo.

1982 – Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche.

1983 – Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for 1st time.

1984 – President Reagan visits China.

1993 – NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman.

1993 – STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit.

2012 – 2012 NFL Draft: Andrew Luck from University of Stanford first pick by Indianapolis Colts.

2017 – Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black South African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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