On this day: April 26

Published On: Apr 25 2013 10:18:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2016 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 - Gestapo
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1933: The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established. The name is an abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei, German for Secret State Police. Its first commander was Rudolf Diels (pictured), a protégé of Hermann Göring.

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