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 - Joseph Johnston
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1865: Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee and all remaining Confederate forces still active in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. It was the largest surrender of the American Civil War, totaling 89,270 soldiers.

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