On This Day in History, April 26

Would you believe that Pretzel got its start in the Catholic church? This day marks National Pretzel day. You can show off your pretzel prowess by sharing your tips online.

In the spirit of learning something new every day, brush your history knowledge with these major events of April 26.

  • 1819-The First Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S. was established in Baltimore, MD.
  • 1859-Dan Sickles was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense was used successfully in the US.
  • 1865-John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
  • 1921-Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on the radio in St. Louis, MO.
  • 1925-Franz Kafka published his landmark novel The Trial.
  • 1929-The first non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
  • 1931-NBC premiered “Lum and Abner.”
  • 1945-Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, was arrested for treason.
  • 1952-Patty Berg scored 64, which was the best competitive round of golf by a woman.
  • 1954-Grace Kelly was on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • 1956-The First modern container ship, the Ideal X, left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
  • 1964-The Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title.
  • 1983-Dow Jones Industrial average broke 1,200 for the first time.
  • 1985-In Argentina, a fire at a mental hospital killed 79 people and injured 247.
  • 1986-The worst nuclear disaster in history occurred in Chernobyl.
  • 1989-The deadliest tornado in history killed about 1300 people.
  • 1994-Germany made Holocaust denial illegal.
  • 2000-Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar purchased the NHL’s New York Islanders.
  • 2002-In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student murdered 17 people at his former school.
  • 2005-Syria ended its military occupation of Lebanon after 29 years.

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