What Happened On This Day – April 26
2005 Syria ends its military occupation of Lebanon after 29 years
Syria buckled to domestic and international pressure following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14 of the same year.
1994 Germany makes Holocaust denial illegal
The far-right party NPD had sought legitimation by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court for expressing the view that the Nazis' genocide of six million Jews never occurred. The court ruled against them.
1989 The deadliest tornado in history kills about 1300 people
The Daulatpur–Saturia Tornado devastated everything in its 50-mile long path across central Bangladesh.
1986 The worst nuclear disaster in history occurs in Chernobyl
Large parts of Europe were contaminated when reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Although the number of deaths attributable to the disaster is difficult to determine, experts anticipate tens of thousands of deaths across Europe in the coming decades due to cancer caused by the radioactive fallout.
1925 Franz Kafka publishes his landmark novel The Trial
The text, which was initially published as Der Process, is a nightmarish account of a man being arrested and prosecuted by a faceless authority for an unknown crime.
Births On This Day – April 26
1932 Israr Ahmed
Indian/Pakistani theologian, philosopher, scholar
1917 I. M. Pei
Chinese/American architect, designed the National Gallery of Art, Bank of China Tower
1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein
1822 Frederick Law Olmsted
American journalist, landscape designer, co-designed Central Park
121 Marcus Aurelius
Deaths On This Day – April 26
1999 Adrian Borland
English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1989 Lucille Ball
1984 Count Basie
American pianist, bandleader, composer
1951 Arnold Sommerfeld
1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan