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On This Day in History - 26th April

Birthdays

1785John James Audubon, American naturalist painter
1798Eugene Delacroix, French artist
1894Rudolf Hess, German Nazi leader
1926David Coleman, Television sports commentator
1930Derek Waring, Actor

Events

1923The Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon were married in Westminster Abbey
1947The FA Cup Final was televised for the full match for the first time
1957The first ever 'The Sky At Night' TV programme, with Patrick Moore, was broadcast
1962Britain's first satellite, Ariel, was launched
1964The Republic of Tanzania was formed with the merger of two countries
1983Famine relief workers in Ethiopia were kidnapped
1984Count Basie, the American bandleader, died
1986An accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant led to widespread nuclear contamination