A Villian to most, a hero to some, meets his maker…

…also the world’s worst nuclear accident and the Beatles show up at a birthday party.

for Thursday, April 26th, the 117th day of 2012

Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. It is also National Pretzel Day and Remember Your First Kiss Day.

1865: John wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is surrounded by Federal troops near Bowling Green Virginia, and killed.

The world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union on April 26th, 1986.

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities in Moscow. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.) The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy.

and in Music News, a happier note –

1964: The Beatles showed up to the 28th birthday party of their good friend who they got to know while performing as his opening act when he toured England the year before. It was Roy Orbison.

It was during that ’63 tour that Roy misplaced his glasses and only had prescription sunglasses. He put them on before going on stage and they became his trademark.