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 - John Wilkes Booth
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Library of Congress

1865: After being cornered by Union cavalry troops in a tobacco barn just south of Port Royal, Virginia, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is shot and killed.

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