April 26 holidays in 2024

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
World Intellectual Property Day - International (Products & Technology , United Nations)
Secretaries' Day Colombia Observance
Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl Tragedy Belarus Observance
Union Day Tanzania Public Holiday
National Audubon Day - Unofficial (Animals, Nature & Environment)
National Dissertation Day - Unofficial (Education & Reading)
National Richter Scale Day - Unofficial (Nature & Environment)
National Kids and Pets Day - Unofficial (Animals, Relationships & Family)
National Pretzel Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Help a Horse Day - Unofficial (Animals)
National Hairball Awareness Day - Unofficial (Animals, Weird & Obscure)
Arbor Day United States (Nebraska) State Holiday
Confederate Heroes' Day United States (Florida) Local Observance
Great Prayer Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day - International (Awareness & Cause, Nature & Environment, United Nations)
Pesach IV (Passover) Israel Observance, Hebrew
Birthday of the Sultan of Terengganu Malaysia (Terengganu) Common Local Holiday
Intellectual Property Day Mongolia Observance

Historical Events on April 26

  • 1564: William Shakespeare is baptized in Warwichshire, England on this day.
  • 1607: At Cape Henry in Virginia, English colonists arrive.
  • 1721: The city of Tabriz in Iran is hit by a massive earthquake.
  • 1803: Thousands of pieces of meteors fall from the skies over France. This event convinces many European scientists that the formerly postulated theory of meteors does indeed exist.
  • 1865: Confederate forces under General Joseph E. Johnston surrender to Union forces under General William Tecumseh Sherman near Durham, North Carolina.
  • 1865: Assassin of U.S President Abraham Lincoln – John Wilkes Booth – is cornered and shot to death by Union cavalry troopers in Virginia.
  • 1933: The secret police of Nazi Germany – the Gestapo – is officially organized on this day.
  • 1937: German Luftwaffe bomb Guernica, Spain.
  • 1945: At the Battle of Bautzen during World War II, the Germans have the last successful tank campaign of the war.
  • 1945: Filipino and American troops are liberated in Baguio City in the Philippines.
  • 1962: The NASA spacecraft Ranger 4 crashes into the Moon.
  • 1986: The world’s first nuclear disaster occurs when the nuclear reactor Chernobyl in the Soviet Union had an accident on this day.
  • 1989: A tornado hits Central Bangladesh and kills over thirteen hundred people and wounds another twelve thousand people. It also leaves approximately eighty thousand people homeless.
  • 1991: 70 tornadoes erupt all over the central U.S.
  • 1994: Over two hundred and sixty people are killed when China Airlines Flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan.

Famous Birthdays on April 26

  • French-American ornithologist and painter, John James Audubon is born in 1785.
  • German poet, historian and philologist, Ludwig Uhland is born in 1787.
  • French painter and lithographer, Eugene Delacroix is born in 1798.
  • English physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Owen Willans Richardson is born in 1879.
  • American singer and “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey is born in 1886.
  • American comedian and actress, Debra Wilson is born in 1962.
  • Chinese martial artist and actor, Jet Li is born in 1963.
  • English actress Susannah Harker is born in 1965.
  • American comedian and actor, Kevin James is born in 1965.