On This Day ……. 27th April 1927

Clive Frankston, aged 36 years, was charged on the 1st of the June 1926, with larceny and sentenced to two years in Pentradge. On the 28th April 1927, the Penal Authorities at Pentridge decided to transfer Frankston and another prisoner, Henry Tacke, to the Geelong Gaol. The two prisoners were escorted by Senior Constable Matthews and Constable Springfield, took the two prisoners from Pentridge Gaol to the Flinders street station in a prison van. Frankston was placed in a carriage on the Geelong train at No. 1 platform, and the two police officers returned to the van to carry Tacke, who was disabled by an injured leg, to the train. Upon reaching the carriage they found that’ Frankston was gone. Frankston seeing an opportunity to escaped from the carriage while the police escort was carring Tacke who was disabled to the police van out side the station. He dashed from the carriage and rushing through the ticket barrier and disappeared among the crowds in the street. On the 14th of May 1927, following up inquiries detectives raid a house in Napior street, Fitzroy owned by Frankstons wife. Inside Frankston was recaptured, he offered no resistance, he was so weak from illness that he could scarcely stand. He told the police that he was glad to get back to gaol and that he was suffering badly from consumption and that that he believed that the sea air at Geelong would kill him. Frankston received an extra 6 months to his sentence.


On this day …….. 27th of April 1564

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on the 23rd of April 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on the 26th April, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however, it was 23rd of April 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.


On this day …….. 26th April 2003

An unnamed Perth man was lucky to escape unharmed on the 26th April 2003 when he attempted to recharge his mobile phone battery in a microwave oven. Firefights were called to the man’s house after the battery exploded.


On this day …….. 26th April 1845

A young boy survived a brutal attack by two Wedge Tailed Eagles. A gentleman riding a horse, on this day in 1845, saw a child, about four years old, who, having recently strayed some way into the bush, that had been attacked by two Eagles. The child’s head was considerably disfigured and had been pecked in several places. The boy stated that one of the eagles lifted him up some distance, and then dropped him. He fell with his face on the ground, in which position he was found by a casual passenger, who conducted him to his parents.


On this day …….. 26th of April 1986

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on the 26th of April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, then located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union (USSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe. The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. The struggle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects such as cancers are still being investigated.


On This Day ……. 26th April 1906

Archibald Tough, who has been previously convicted, was charged with being found by night without lawful excuse on Mr. H. Dunn’s premises and was sentenced to four months imprisonment at Geelong.


On this day …….. 26th April 1974

Mr Doug Laing-Smith, 38, died in hospital on this day in 1974, 27 days after he was crushed by an elephant while working for Ashton’s Circus in Melbourne. He was knocked down and crushed by Abu the elephant after it was frightened by children playing on mini-bikes, Mr Laing-Smith, who is survived by his wife and five children, had been unconscious since he was admitted to the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital after the accident.


ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1948


A Greek fishmonger who was alleged to have stab bed his employee on April 26, died in the Pentridge Gaol hospital on Sunday, it was stated in North Melbourne. John Athenis, 59 year old fishmonger of West Melbourne, had been charged with having wounded Stanley Banos, his employee, with intent to murder him. Banos was still in the Royal Melbourne Hospital recovering from wounds, it was stated. The charge against the dead man was withdrawn.


On this day …….. 26th April 1932

A giant bird was shot on this day in 1932. Miss Boardman, of Bangaroo station, stated “The Wedge Tailed Eagle that was shot measured 7ft 3 in from wing-tip to wing-tip.’


ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1930


At an inquest into the death of Margaret Jean Alexander, aged 20 years, of Belfast road, Montrose, on April 26, the coroner Mr. D. Grant found that she had died from shock and cardiac paralysis, due to an illegal operation. May McNeal, of Bennett street, Richmond, was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on June 10 on a charge of murder.


On this day …….. 26th April 1941

Constable L. Ferrter had his hand nearly bitten off when he put it between the bars of a lion cage at Lismore on this day in 1941. Crowbars were used to free him. The policeman later had the hand amputated in hospital. Two lions in a cage were beaten away from the stricken constable by their trainer with a fork. Ferrier then collapsed. Part of his uniform was slashed to ribbons.


On this day …….. 26th April 1904

While the steamer Star of Australia was coming up the Yarra on this day in 1904, two seamen, named Wendt and Larson who were getting the gangway ready preparatory to landing, fell overboard into the river. Life boys were immediately thrown out, and several boats lowered. Larson was rescue in an exhausted condition, but although the steamer was slowed down, and every effort was made, no trace of Wendt was found. He was wearing heavy sea boots, and I’d believed to have sunk immediately.