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This Day in History for April 26

This Day In History1607 – Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site.

1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense used successfully in the US.

1865 – Confederate General J.E. Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina.

1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity.

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

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

1944 – 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down.

1952 – US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176.

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

1956 – First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.

1962 – 1st Lockheed A-12 flies.

1971 – San Francisco lightship replaced by automatic buoy.

1977 – Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.

1980 – Iran begins scattering US hostages from US Embassy.

1884 – President Reagan visits China.

1992 – Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base.

1995 – Coors Field, opens in Denver…Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings.

2012 – Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California.

2018 – Serial killer “Golden State Killer” identified after 40 years as a former police officer, responsible for 12 killings, 50 rapes in California.

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