Today in History, 26 April: What Happened on this Day?

What happened today in history (April 26): Nicholas Copernicus made his first observation of Saturn, Jews were expelled from Brazil, Russia declared war on Turkey, and more.

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Today in History, April 26: This month comes to an end in four days. While the days seem to go by too quickly and we do our best to get through them, let’s start this day by knowing the historical significance it has. So, without further ado, let’s get started. Today is the day Russia declared war on Turkey, the “Bombay Gazette” began publishing on silk, and students took over the Ohio State University administration building. Skim through the sections below to learn more.

Historical events on this day

  • In 1514, astronomer and mathematician Nicholas Copernicus made his first observation of Saturn.
  • In 1654 the Jews were expelled from Brazil.
  • In 1755 the first Russian university was opened in Moscow.
  • In 1828, Russia declared war on Türkiye.
  • In 1841, the “Bombay Gazette” began publishing on silk.
  • In 1926 a peace treaty of neutrality was signed between Germany and Russia.
  • In 1933, Jewish students were banned from entering a school in Germany.
  • In 1966, Uzbekistan was hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake.
  • In 1968, students took over the Ohio State University administration building.
  • In 1973, the United States conducts a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.

Sports events today

  • In 1964, the Boston Celtics defeated the SF Warriors in the 18th NBA Championship.
  • In 1995, the baseball season began after a long strike.
  • In 2017, Gift Ngoepe became the first African to play in Major League Baseball.

Art and culture events today

  • In 1965 the film ‘The Seven Samurai’ was released, starring Toshiro Mifune.
  • In 1992, the final episode of ‘Growing Pains’ was broadcast on ABC TV.
  • In 2010, “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., premiered in Los Angeles.

Notable deaths on this day


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Lucille Ball was an American actress and model best remembered for her iconic role in the television sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’.



Alfred Bertram Guthrie Jr. was an American novelist, historian and screenwriter best known for his novels such as ‘The Big Sky’, ‘The Way West’ and ‘Arfive’.



Maria Margarethe Anna Schell was an Austro-Swiss actress who was one of the leading faces of German cinema in the 1950s and 1960s.



Phoebe Snow was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best remembered for her hits such as San Francisco Bay Blues and Poetry Man.



Jayne Meadows was an American stage, film and television actress best known for her roles in films such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Casino’.

Famous birthdays on this day


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William Shakespeare was an English poet, actor, and playwright considered one of the most influential figures in literature.



Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is an American actor and filmmaker best known for his role in television series such as ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad’.



Saranya Ponvannan is an Indian actress who mainly works in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.



Channing Tatum is an actor and producer best known for his roles in films such as ‘Magic Mike’, ‘Step Up’ and ‘Jump Street’.


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Anya Taylor-Joy is an Argentine-British actress best known for her role in the horror film ‘The Witch’ and other Netflix series such as ‘Peaky Blinders’.


These were the main events that happened on April 26. We publish articles like this every day. Keep reading them to stay updated.

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