April 26

This Day in History

1986

Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl

The worst nuclear power plant accident to date occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the USSR. The explosion of the Soviet reactor spurred a radioactive scare in Scandinavia even before it … (more...)

1478

The Pazzi Conspiracy

On this day in 1478, Pazzi conspirators attacked Florentine ruler Lorenzo de’Medici and killed his brother, Giuliano, during High Mass at the Duomo of Florence. The bloody Pazzi Conspiracy is among … (more...)

1476

Botticelli’s Inspiration Dies

Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, who died on this day in 1476, may not be widely known today by name, but she is the woman behind one of the most recognisable faces in the history of Europe. An Italian … (more...)