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On this day: April 26

Published On: Apr 25 2013 10:18:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

English settlers make their first landing in North America, John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed, an explosion rocks the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and Lucille Ball dies, all on this day.

OTD April 26 - Count Basie
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1984: Jazz musician, bandleader and composer Count Basie, who introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound and recorded an influential catalog, dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79 in Hollywood, Fla.

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