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April 26 in History

121: Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor is born. (Dies 180)

1564: William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. There is no record of his birth date.

1625: The first Roman Catholic Jesuits arrive in Canada at Quebec.

1865: John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, is surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va., and killed.

1918: Women in Nova Scotia are granted the right to vote.

1933: Carol Burnett is born.

1942: More than 1,500 people die in the world’s worst mining disaster in Japanese-occupied China.

1962: NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the dark side of the Moon.

1986: The worst nuclear accident in history occurs at the Chornobyl plant in the Soviet Union. Forty-thousand people are forced from the area and at least 31 die. The outside world does not learn of the accident until Scandinavian technicians detect abnormally high radiation levels two days later. Belarus honours the victims with a Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy.

1989:  The worst known tornado strikes Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.

2018: American comedian Bill Cosby is convicted of drugging and molesting Canadian native and Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Google honours Canada’s civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond

July 6, 1914: Viola Irene Desmond (née Davis), a businesswoman and civil libertarian, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She would have been 104 years old today.

After a 1946 incident in which Desmond was arrested for sitting in a “Whites Only” section of a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, she fought her conviction of defrauding the government of the difference in tax — one cent — between tickets in the racially-separated sections.

Though the conviction was upheld, her struggle became a catalyst for change.

More: Global News, Globe and Mail, CTV

June 23

1940: Henry Larsen, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was the second to sail the Northwest Passage, crossing west to east, having left Vancouver 23 June 1940 and arriving at Halifax on 11 October 1942.

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