April 26

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  • 1924: Real World - Inventor Harry Grindell Matthews demonstrates his supposed "death ray" to the British military.
  • 1937: Real World - The German Luftwaffe bombs Guernica, Spain at the behest of the Falangist faction in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1964: Real World - Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge together to form the nation of Tanzania.
  • 1986: Real World - One of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine explodes, killing 31 instantly and exposing thousands to radiation; vast areas in Belarus and Ukraine near Chernobyl are rendered uninhabitable.
  • 2005: Real World - In the face of protests sparked by the death of Rafik Hariri, Syrian forces complete their withdrawal from Lebanon.

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