On this day
Sybil Ludington took to her bike.
Aged sixteen, Putnam County (NY) resident Sybil Ludington rode her bicycle for around 40 miles on this day in 1777 - to warn people of British troops on the horizon. It was a pivotal moment in the American Revolutionary War.
Germany banned Holocaust denial.
In 1994, five decades on from the end of World War II, German courts made it illegal nationwide to deny that the Holocaust, during which more than six million Jewish people were killed, ever occurred. The ruling arose on April 26th, as a result of the NPD party seeking legal cause to deny the atrocities ever happened.
Cosby went to prison.
Once regarded as “America’s Dad,” comedian and TV star Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexual assault on April 26th, 2018. He received a maximum term of up to ten years in prison, but was released due to a dispute over proceedings in 2021.
Special Days Falling on April 26thNot got much to shout about today? There’s always a national or international holiday or two to celebrate no matter the date - and April 26th is by no means free from that rule! Here’s what people will be marking worldwide this very day.
National Library Outreach Day
Literacy is a virtue! That’s why today is a great opportunity to share the gift of reading with others. Don’t be surprised to see a few bookmobiles or mobile libraries touring around your local towns and cities, either. Why not take a look at your local library and show some support?
International Guide Dog Day
For the millions of blind and visually impaired people all over the world, guide dogs do incredible work in keeping them safe and on the right path - literally! Today, we celebrate the hard work and incredible training guide dogs go through to ensure visually impaired people can live confident and happy lives.