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 - Tashkent earthquake
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1966: Much of the old city of Tashkent in the Soviet Union is destroyed by a huge earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale. The quake left more than 300,000 homeless and destroyed some 78,000 poorly built homes, mainly in densely packed areas where traditional adobe housing was prominent. Pictured is a memorial to the earthquake in Tashkent, which today is the capital of Uzbekistan.

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