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April 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 26

April 26th is known as Hug an Australian Day and Pretzel Day.

Welcome to the 116th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 249 days until we reach the new year.

People who were born on April 26 share the Taurus star sign.

The history of this day will certainly impress you! Here we’ve hand-picked our most favorite historical events that happened on this special day. Not only that, but we’ve also got some other fun facts about April 26th.

Did you know that on this day in 1954, the first major mass trials of polio vaccines began? Around 443,000 children received shots in its first three months.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 26th in history!

What Happened On April 26 In History?


The Handmaid’s Tale debuted on Hulu.

It starred Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski and based on the book by Margaret Atwood

The Voice, a reality singing competition television show, premiered on NBC.


Rapper Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff.


The Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded, killing 31 people and spreading contamination across Western Europe.

OTD in 1986: The Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded

Great Britain claimed South Georgia Island, after Argentina surrendered following the Falklands War.

Source NY Times

Singer Rod Stewart was robbed at gunpoint.

He was on Sunset Boulevard, doing some shopping, when a gunman asked him for the keys to his 1977 Porsche Turbo-Carrera car.

The first major mass trials of polio vaccines began.

Around 443,000 children received their shots within the first three months.

The official secret police force of Nazi Germany, the Gestapo, was established.


The Treaty of London was signed by Italy, Britain, France and Russia.

OTD in 1915: The Treaty of London was signed by Italy
The treaty was to continue an alliance proceeding World War I.

A meteorite shower caused thousands of meteor fragments to fall in L’Aigle, France.

This event convinced European scientists that meteors actually exist.

William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.

The date of Shakespeare's birth is unknown; however, historians believe it was shortly before this day.

Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus made his first observation of Saturn.

Copernicus later proposed that the sun is stationary and that the Earth and the planets move in circular orbits around it.

Did you know that on this day, April 26th 1954, the first major mass trials of polio vaccines began?