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 - Ranger 4
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1962: The Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the moon after an onboard computer failure. The spacecraft was designed to transmit pictures of the lunar surface and collect other scientific data during a period of 10 minutes of flight prior to crashing, but was unsuccessful. Despite the failure, Ranger 4 became the first U.S. spacecraft to reach another celestial body.

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