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April 26, 1582 Spanish Ambassador Bernadino de Mendoza accuses the English of plotting to land 10,000 troops in La Florida to establish a permanent colony.
April 26, 1802 Georgia cedes the land involved in the Yazoo Land Fraud (and the associated legal problems) to the United States. In exchange the state receives 1.25 million dollars and the promise of removal of the Cherokee Indians from the present-day boundaries of the state. President Thomas Jefferson announces the cession of Yazoo Act lands to the U. S. government
  Yazoo Land Fraud
April 26, 1856 Georgia Michael Troup died.
  George Michael Troup
April 26, 1865 General Joseph Johnston surrenders to William Tecumseh Sherman on the James Bennett farm near Durham, NC. Georgia was within Johnston's military district.
April 26, 1868 Although predating the end of the Civil War, this marks the first official celebration of Confederate Memorial Day
April 26, 1874 Oakland Cemetery dedicates a four-story granite structure commemorating "Our Confederate Dead"
  Oakland Cemetery
April 26, 1886 Blues singer "Ma" Rainey born, Columbus
  Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey
  Columbus, Georgia
April 26, 1894 "The Lion of Atlanta," a marble statue depicting a sleeping lion and carved in Canton, Georgia, is unveiled at Oakland Cemetery.
April 26, 1913 Mary Phagan is murdered at the National Pencil Company
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
April 26, 1970 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins born, Des Moines, Iowa
  TLC
April 26, 1994 Atlanta based hip-hop group OutKast releases their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  OutKast
April 26, 1995 Friday, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker opens in movie theaters. Many consider it Tucker's breakout role.
  Chris Tucker
April 26, 2004 Lynn Turner's trial resumes in Perry, Georgia (Houston County).
  Houston County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
April 26, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks does not return from an evening jog. She is scheduled to get married on April 30.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
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