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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 - Ma Rainey
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1886: Singer Ma Rainey, one of the earliest known American professional blues singers, is born Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Ga. Billed as "The Mother of the Blues," she was among the first generation of blues singers to record. From the time of her first recording in 1923 to five years later, Rainey made more than 100 recordings, including such blues standards as "Bo-weevil Blues," "Moonshine Blues," "See See Rider," "Black Bottom" and "Soon This Morning."

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