April 25, 1859
At Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for construction of the 101-mile long artificial waterway now known as the Suez Canal.
April 26, 1989
Comedienne Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame dies at age 78.
April 28, 1967
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali refuses to join the U.S. Army because he is Muslim. He is subsequently stripped of his title.