On this day April 26 - May 02, 2020 (week 18) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day April 26 - May 02, 2020 (week 18)

April 26, 2020 - May 2, 2020 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the recognition of meteors, the Airbus A380, Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour, the end of the Vietnam War, the abdication of Emperor Akihito of Japan, the sinking of the Lusitania, and The Hudson’s Bay Company.

April 26, 1803: Thousands of meteor fragments fell from the skies over L’Aigle in France, an event that convinced European scientists of the existence of meteors

April 27, 2005: The world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, made its maiden test flight from Toulouse. The giant plane can carry up to 850 people

April 28, 1770: Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour reached the east coast of Australia, dropping anchor at Botany Bay, named for the unique specimens collected there

April 29, 1975: The last U.S. troops were evacuated from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. It led to chaos at the U.S. embassy as thousands of South Vietnamese tried to flee

April 30, 2019: Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne, becoming the first Japanese Emperor to abdicate in over 200 years

May 01, 1915: The liner Lusitania left New York despite a German warning that British-flagged ships were liable to be attacked. It was torpedoed by a U-boat six days later

May 02, 1670: The Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by the English crown and given a monopoly of the trade into Hudson Bay in present-day Canada

PUBLISHED: 09/04/2020; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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