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Notable Historical Events for April 26th

1954The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

1931Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

1991Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

1835Frederic Chopin's "Grand Polonaise Brillante" premieres in Paris

1961Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

1992Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

1982Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

1975Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

1848Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region

1984President Reagan visits China

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Notable Birthdays on April 26th

1564William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon England, baptism, English playwright and poet

1822Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford, Connecticut, writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park)

1963Jet Li, Beijing, Chinese actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed)

1711David Hume, Edinburgh, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature)

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Notable Weddings on April 26th

1923English prince Albert Duke of York (George VI) (27) marries Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (22) at Westminster Abbey

1992Rapper and record producer Ice Cube (22) weds Kimberly Woodruff

1986Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver

1986Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay

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Notable Divorces on April 26th

2004Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage

1994Actor Patrick Dempsey (28) divorces manager Rocky Parker after nearly 7 years of marriage

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Notable Deaths on April 26th

1865John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27

1989Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

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