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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 - Tabriz earthquake
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1721: A massive earthquake devastates the Iranian city of Tabriz. The estimates of death tolls from the quake vary from 8,000 to 250,000, but the total is most likely around 80,000.

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