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This Day in History for April 26

This Day In History1607 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia.

1865 – Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro).

1887 – Huntsville Electric Co. forms to sell electricity.

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, DC.

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.

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

1962 – 1st Lockheed A-12 flies.

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

1967 – “Hallelujah, Baby!” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances.

1971 – San Francisco lightship replaced by automatic buoy.

1975 – Phillies Mike Schmidt’s 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April.

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

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

1988 – 1st TNN Viewers Choice Awards – Randy Travis wins in 5 categories.

1992 – “Grand Hotel” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 performances.

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

2003 – 2003 NFL Draft: Carson Palmer from USC first pick by Cincinnati Bengals.

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

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