What happened on 26 April?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 26 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 26 APRIL

1994  | First day of voting in the first-ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr. Nomaza Paintin in NZ was the first black South African to vote.

2005 | Under international pressure, Syria withdrew the last of its 14 000 troop military garrison in Lebanon and ended its 29-year military domination of that country (Syrian occupation of Lebanon).

1994 | China Airlines Flight 140 crashed at Nagoya Airport in Japan, 264 people of the 271 people on board were killed.

1989 | The deadliest known tornado struck Central Bangladesh, over 1 300 people were killed, 12 000 were injured, and left as many as 80 000 homeless.

1989 | People’s Daily newspaper in China published the April 26 Editorial which inflamed the nascent Tiananmen Square protests.

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BIRTHDAYS

1967 | English actress and singer-songwriter, Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

1988 | English footballer, Gareth Evans.

1983 | American soldier, and POW, Jessica Lynch.

1940 | Italian singer-songwriter and producer, Giorgio Moroder.

1941 | French model, and actress, Claudine Auger.

1991 | British singer and songwriter, Will Heard.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2016 | Chinese human rights activist, Harry Wu, 79.

2005 | Paraguayan journalist, author, and academic, Augusto Roa Bastos, 88.

1991 | Canadian lawyer and politician, 26th Premier of New Brunswick, Richard Hatfield, 60.

1989 | American model, actress, comedian, and producer, Lucille Ball, 78.

2005 | Austrian-Swiss actress, Maria Schell, 79.

SPORTS

2017 | On this day, Arsenal continued their quest for fourth place as Robert Huth’s own goal gave them the win over Leicester City but finished fifth in EPL. The match ended 1-0.

ENTERTAINMENT

2013 |  An American comedy film “The Big Wedding” was released on this day by Lionsgate in the United States. It was directed by Justin Zackham.

AFRICA FACT

The second-largest country in Africa is The Democratic Republic of the Congo with an area of 2 344 858 km².

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