Daily Archives: April 26, 2017

Sybil Ludington, 16, rides 40 miles to alert American colonial forces 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1777)


Video: 'Women's History Minute: Sybil Ludington'

(Saturday, April 26, 1777, 9:00 p.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest child of Col. Henry Ludington, a militia commander in Dutchess County, New York, rode her horse into the night tonight to alert her father’s men of the approach of British regular troops who were sacking Danbury, Connecticut. Continue reading Sybil Ludington, 16, rides 40 miles to alert American colonial forces 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1777)

Studio 54 discotheque opens in New York 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1977)


Video: 'Studio 54 - Documentary complete'

(Tuesday, April 26, 1977, 9:00 p.m. EDT)Studio 54, a nightclub and discotheque located at 254 West 54th Street in New York City, opened tonight by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, fast becoming the “in” place to be among the glitterati. Continue reading Studio 54 discotheque opens in New York 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1977)

German, Italian warplanes raid Basque town of Guernica 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1937)


Video: 'Bombing of Guernica 1937.-Spanish Civil War'

(Monday, April 26, 1937, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CET) — German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica today during the Spanish Civil War, seen by many as the first large-scale modern air raid against an unarmed civilian population (between 150 and 1,650 people were killed). Continue reading German, Italian warplanes raid Basque town of Guernica 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1937)

English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia 410 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1607)


Video: 'C-SPAN Cities Tour - Virginia Beach: History of Cape Henry'

(Sunday, April 26, 1607) — English colonists went ashore today at present-day Cape Henry, Virginia, on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. Continue reading English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia 410 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1607)