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Today in History - April 26
• Captain John Smith Lands in Virginia
• Suleiman I Advances Towards Vienna

-- Compiled by James Finlayson-Bald

Captain John Smith (image)

Captain John Smith (1580-1631), an English soldier, explorer, and author. He is played an important part in establishing the first English settlement in North America.

On this date:

1532--Suleiman I, Sultan of Turkey, invades Hungary and advances toward Vienna.

1607--Captain John Smith lands at Cape Henry, Virginia, with first group of colonists who would establish permanent English settlement in America.

1798--France declares war on Maria Theresa of Austria.

1807--Russia and Prussia form alliance to drive France out of German states.

1828--Russia declares war on Turkey.

1860--Spain and Morocco sign peace agreement.

1872--Civil war breaks out in Spain.

1885--Britain occupies Port Hamilton, Korea.

1886--Major powers send ultimatum to Greece to hald support for revolution in Eastern Rumelia.

1954--United Nations powers meet at Geneva on Korea and Indochina problems during which they insist on free elections in Korea.

1964--African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form country of Tanzania.

1986--Smoldering 20-year war by leftist guerrillas flares up in Colombia, with rebels attacking large city for first time and controlling dozens of small towns.

-- David Hume, Scottish philosopher-historian-economist (1711-1776)
-- Alfred Krupp, German metallurgist-industrialist (1812-1887)
-- Lady Emma Hamilton, Lord Nelson's mistress (1765-1815)

Many toil hard to earn a loaf when a slice should be sufficient. -- Dutch proverb.

The above article was written by James Finlayson-Bald.
Edited and illustrations added by David Paul Wagner.

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