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April 26

1865 - 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.

1986 - The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, in the former U.S.S.R.

 

APRIL 27

Michelle Comins was born.

Nancy Gahles was born.

 1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.

1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record — one Johnson had held since 1927.

 

APRIL 28

Jim Moore was born.

1945 - Benito Mussolini was executed.

1947 -  Thor Heyerdahl and five others began their Pacific Ocean crossing on the raft, Kon-Tiki.

 

APRIL 29

Terence McNicholas was born.

Mary Sternhell was born.

 1992 - A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Massive rioting and looting ensued.

 

APRIL 30

Rose Love Resker was born.

Margaret O’Hanlon was born.

Stephanie Wagner was born.

 

1803 - France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide.

 

MAY 1

John O’Connor was born.

Megan Rochelle was born.

1931 - The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world's tallest building for the next 41 years.

1960 - The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.

 

MAY 2

Mary Kilgallen was born.

1939 - Lou Gehrig established a new Major League Baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it.

2011 - U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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