Friday, April 26, is the 116th day of 2013. There are 249 days left in the year.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 80. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 75. Singer Bobby Rydell is 71. Rock musician Gary Wright is 70. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 55. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 53. Actress Joan Chen is 52. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 48. United States poet laureate Natasha Trethewey is 47. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 46. Actor Tom Welling is 36. Actor Pablo Schreiber is 35. Actor Nyambi Nyambi is 34. Actress Jordana Brewster is 33. Actor Channing Tatum is 33.
In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed.
In 1937, German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; estimates of the number of people killed vary from the hundreds to the thousands.
In 1986, a major nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union).
In 2003, a Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko blasted off for the international space station.