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April 26, 2002

The Rome Free Academy baseball team extended its winning streak to six games on Friday by pounding out 11 hits in an 11-5 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius at the Stadium.

B Sharp Musical Club members and guests will present a free concert Sunday at Zion Episcopal Church. Performers will include the Junior B Sharp String Quartet.

April 26, 1992

Every day more than 400 children in Rome school have breakfast with their friends in the school cafeteria rather than at home with their families.

April 26, 1982

Empire Airlines has its fourth and fifth Dutch-built planes in service. Each aircraft costs $12 million and can carry 85 passengers.

April 26, 1972

Dr. Frederic Grunberg, deputy state commissioner of mental hygiene, spoke at the Rome State School annual anniversary dinner in the Beeches.

April 26, 1962

BOONVILLE — A 48-bed nursing home, to cost around $175,000, will be constructed here. It is to be owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Britton, who have operated the Sunset Nursing and Maternity Hospital in Constableville.

April 26, 1952

Gen. Matthew B. Ridgeway has been selected to succeed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

Today is Thursday, April 26, the 117th day of 2012. There are 249 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 26, 1937, German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, resulting in widespread destruction; estimates of the number of people killed vary greatly, from the hundreds to the thousands. (The raid inspired Pablo Picasso’s famous antiwar painting, "Guernica.")

On this date:

In 1607, English colonists went ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Va., on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1785, American naturalist, hunter and artist John James Audubon was born in present-day Haiti.

In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed. (As he lay dying, Booth looked at his hands and gasped, "Useless, useless.")

In 1909, Abdul Hamid II was deposed as sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

In 1945, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France’s Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.

In 1952, the destroyer-minesweeper USS Hobson sank in the central Atlantic after colliding with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp with the loss of 176 crew members.

In 1962, the NASA spacecraft Ranger 4 crashed into the moon as planned after failing to transmit images and data.

In 1968, the United States exploded beneath the Nevada desert a 1.3 megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar."

In 1972, the first Lockheed L-1011 TriStar went into commercial service with Eastern Airlines.

In 1986, a major nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union).

In 1992, Moscow saw its first publicly observed Russian Orthodox Easter in 74 years.

In 2000, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

Ten years ago

Robert Steinhaeuser, an expelled student, went on a shooting rampage at a school in Erfurt, Germany, killing 16 people, plus himself. David Gunn, who had run transit systems in New York City and Washington, was named president of Amtrak, the troubled national rail passenger service.

Five years ago

The Senate joined the House, 51-46, in clearing legislation calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to begin by Oct. 1, 2007, with a goal of a complete pullout six months later (President George W. Bush later vetoed the measure).

Today’s Birthdays

Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 74. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 74. Singer Bobby Rydell is 70. Rock musician Gary Wright is 69. Actress Nancy Lenehan is 59. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 54. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 52. Actress Joan Chen is 51. Rock musician Chris Mars is 51. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 50. Actor Jet Li (lee) is 49. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 48. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 47. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 45. Country musician Joe Caverlee (Yankee Grey) is 44. Rapper T-Boz (TLC) is 42. Country musician Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) is 41. Country musician Michael Jeffers (Pinmonkey) is 40. Rock musician Jose Pasillas (Incubus) is 36. Actor Jason Earles is 35. Actor Leonard Earl Howze is 35. Actor Tom Welling is 35. Actor Nyambi Nyambi is 33. Actress Jordana Brewster is 32. Actress Stana Katic (TV: "Castle") is 32.

Thought for Today

"A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem." - Author unknown.