Monday 26 April 1999
Deaths: John Wilkes Booth, actor and assassin, shot while trying to escape, 1865; Dame Cicely Courtneidge, actress, 1980; William "Count" Basie, jazz pianist and bandleader, 1984.
On this day: Port Hamilton (So-Do), Korea, was occupied by the British, 1885; the Duke of York (later King George VI) married Elizabeth Bowes- Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth), 1923; a new building for the Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opened in London, 1928; German planes bombed Guernica in Spain during the Civil War, 1937; an accident at the Soviet nuclear power station at Chernobyl resulted in a massive nuclear leak, 1986.
Today is the Feast Day of St Franca of Piacenza, St Paschasius Radbertus, St Peter of Braga, St Richarius or Riquier and St Stephen of Perm.
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