April 26th

Police in Austria arrested a man accused of holding his daughter captive in a windowless cellar for 24 years, fathering her seven children and killing one of them. (Josef Fritzl is serving life in a psychiatric ward.).
Syria ends its military occupation of Lebanon after 29 years. Syria buckled to domestic and international pressure following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14 of the same year.
Syrian occupation of Lebanon
Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
Same-sex marriage in Vermont
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading Guatemalan human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
Germany makes Holocaust denial illegal. The far-right party NPD had sought legitimation by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court for expressing the view that the Nazis' genocide of six million Jews never occurred. The court ruled against them.
Laws against Holocaust denial
The deadliest tornado in history kills about 1300 people. The Daulatpur–Saturia Tornado devastated everything in its 50-mile long path across central Bangladesh.
Daulatpur–Saturia tornado
The worst nuclear disaster in history occurs in Chernobyl. Large parts of Europe were contaminated when reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Although the number of deaths attributable to the disaster is difficult to determine, experts anticipate tens of thousands of deaths across Europe in the coming decades due to cancer caused by the radioactive fallout.
Chernobyl disaster
The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
SS Ideal X
Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason.
Philippe Pétain
Planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Bombing of Guernica
Franz Kafka publishes his landmark novel The Trial. The text, which was initially published as Der Process, is a nightmarish account of a man being arrested and prosecuted by a faceless authority for an unknown crime.
Franz Kafka
Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Great Debate (astronomy)
John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand.
John Wilkes Booth
Naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in Haiti.
John James Audubon
An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.).
History of Jamestown, Virginia (1607–99)
Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici & kill Giuliano de'Medici.
Pazzi conspiracy