The Daily News | April 26

Daniel Defoe, novelist (“Robinson Crusoe”), died, 1731
MGM Studios opened, 1924
Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” opened on Broadway, 1970
William Shakespeare baptized, 1564
Boston Celtics won their sixth straight NBA championship, 1964
Odd Fellows Lodge established, 1819
Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick), exotic dancer, died, 1970
Lucille Ball, comediene, died, 1989
Argentine troops surrendered to British on the Falkland Islands, 1982
“Hawaii Five-O” aired its final episode, 1980
German-made planes destroyed the Basque town of Guernica in Spain, 1937
First home run hit in Fenway Park (Bradley), 1912
Ariel 1 (US and England), first international satellite, launched, 1962
Emigrant Aid Society founded (Massachusetts), 1854
John Wilkes Booth shot by US Federal troops (Bowling Green, Virginia), 1865
William “Count” Basie, jazz piano great, died, 1984
First permanent British colonists to sight land in America (Cape Henry, Virginia), 1607
Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident, Soviet Ukraine, 1986