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World Intellectual Property Rights Day
(Observed annually on this date since 2000)
Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights Human/Civil Rights World Intellectual Property organization
Tanzania: Union Day
(Commemorates unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form United Republic of Tanzania: 04/26/1964)
Tanzania University of Iowa
Florida & Georgia: Confederate Memorial Day
(Commemorates the end of the Civil War for Georgia on this day in 1865)
Florida Georgia University of Georgia
1711 David Hume (English Philosopher, Historian) English Political & Social Leaders Philosophy Chambers' Book of Days The History Channel
1826 Ambrose Ransom "Ranse" Wright (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
1886 William Dawson (Georgia-born Illinois Congressman: First African American to Chair a U.S. Congressional Committee) Illinois Political & Social Leaders Georgia Political & Social Leaders University of Georgia African American Registry U.S. Congress
1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austrian-born British Philosopher) Austrian Political & Social Leaders British Political & Social Leaders Philosophy
1894 Rudolph Hess (German Nazi Deputy to Adolph Hitler) Rudolph Hess World War II The History Channel
1896 Edward J. Thye (South Dakota-born 26th Governor of Minnesota) South Dakota Political & Social Leaders Minnesota Political & Social Leaders
1952 Popo Simon Molefe (Premier of South Africa's North West Province: 1994-2004) South African Political and Social Leaders South African History
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1968 PFC Milton Lee (Texas-born Soldier Who Earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam) Texas Military Figures Medal of Honor Vietnam War Texas State Historical Association
1998 Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera (Guatemalan Human Rights Activist, Beaten to Death) Guatamalan Political and Social Leaders Catholicism Human Rights/Civil Rights New York Times
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1818 In Florida, Andrew Jackson Sentences Two British Subjects to Death for Inciting Creek Indian Uprisings Great Britain Florida Andrew Jackson Creek Indians Law Florida Historical Society
1854 U.S. War Department Orders Surveys to Locate Land for Indian Reservations in Unsettled Territory U.S. Government Native American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1861 Maryland Assembly Declares It Has No Constitutional Authority for Secession Maryland American Civil War State of Maryland
1863 U.S.S. Sagamore Captures the Schooner, New York, Off the Florida Tortugas Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1864 U.S.S. Union Captures the Schooner O.K. Attempting to Run a Blockade of Florida's Tampa Bay Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1865 John Wilkes Booth Is Shot and Dies in a Burning Barn John Wilkes Booth Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Notorious Americans Death The History Channel
Joe Johnston Surrenders the Army of Tennessee at Durham, North Carolina North Carolina American Civil War State of North Carolina University of Georgia
1866 The Atlanta Ladies' Memorial Association Holds Its First Confederate Memorial Observance Georgia American Civil War Memorial Day Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1915 Italy Signs the Treaty of London, Committing to Enter World War I on the Side of the Allies Italy European History World War I The History Channel
1923 Britain's Duke of York Marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) British Political and Social Leaders King George VI Historic UK
1925 Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg Is Elected President of Germany Paul von Hindenburg Jewish Virtual Library
1929 First Non-stop Flight from Britain Lands in India (4,130 mi. in 50 hr 48 min) India Great Britain Aviation History Aviation America (pdf)
1937 3-hour German Bombing Raid Destroys Spain's Town of Guernica Spain Nazi Germany Aviation History
1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, Head of France's Vichy World War II Government, Is Arrested France World War II New York Times
1954 World Leaders Meet in Geneva to Discuss Problems in Asia World Government Vietnam The History Channel
1964 Tanganyika & Zanzibar Unite to Form Tanzania Tanzania University of Iowa
1968 PFC Milton Lee of San Antonio, Texas Earns the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam Texas Military Figures Medal of Honor Vietnam War Death Texas State Historical Association
U.S. Conducts 1 Megaton Underground Nuclear Test Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1971 U.S. Troop Strength in Vietnam Reduced to 281,400 Vietnam War The History Channel
1972 President Richard Nixon Announces the U.S. Is Reducing Vietnam Troop Strength to 49,000 Richard Nixon Vietnam War The History Channel
In Minnesota, anti-War Demonstrators Protest Honeywell's Production of Fragmentation Bombs Minnesota Propaganda Vietnam War Honeywell, Inc. Minnesota Historical Society
1984 President Reagan Arrives in China China Ronald Reagan Reagan Library The History Channel BBC
1986 An Explosion Occurs at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine Ukraine  Chernobyl
1994 First Multi-racial Elections Are Held in South Africa (Apr 26-29) South Africa Elections Historic Firsts The History Channel African American Registry
1998 Guatemalan Human Rights Activist, Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, Is Beaten to Death Guatamalan Political and Social Leaders Catholicism Human Rights/Civil Rights Death New York Times
2001 Junichiro Koizumi Is Elected Prime Minister by the Lower House of Japan's Parliament Japanese Political and Social Leaders Elections CNN
2005 Syria Pulls Its Troops Out of Lebanon After 29 Years Lebanon Syria BBC

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