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 - Lucille Ball
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1989: Actress and comedian Lucille Ball, the sitcom star who was one of Hollywood's biggest stars during her lifetime, dies of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at the age of 77 in Los Angeles, California. Ball became a television star in the 1950s and starred in the sitcoms "I Love Lucy," "The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy" and "Life with Lucy." She was nominated for an Emmy Award 13 times, winning four times in her career. She's seen here at the 61st Academy Awards on March 29, 1989, her final public appearance before her death.

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