April 26: Day of the Week
April 26, 2021 was the 116th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 249 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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April 26 Historical Event(s)
- 1865American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also the date of Confederate Memorial Day for most states.
- 1926Spanish tonadilla singer Raquel Meller appears on the cover of Time magazine.
- 1933The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
- 1944Georgios Papandreou becomes head of the Greek government-in-exile based in Egypt.
- 1945World War II: Battle of Bautzen – last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
- 1962NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
- 1966An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent.
- 1981Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world’s first human open fetal surgery.
- 1986A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
- 1989People’s Daily publishes the People’s Daily editorial of April 26 which inflames the nascent Tiananmen Square protests
Who were born on April 26?
- 1711David Hume,Scottish philosopher (d. 1776). The date is Old Style. He was born on 7th of May under Gregorian Calender.
- 1804Charles Goodyear, American politician (d. 1876)
- 1889Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1951)
- 1896Ernst Udet, WWI pilot and film actor, Luftwaffe officer (d. 1941)
- 1940Cliff Watson, British rugby league footballer
- 1942Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat
- 1949Dominic Sena, American film director
- 1978Tyler Labine, Canadian actor
- 1983Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
- 1985John Isner, American tennis player
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