What Happened on May 26

Historical Events

  • 1596 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
  • 1896 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
  • 1908 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom
  • 1927 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie
  • 1948 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • 2004 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
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Did You Know?

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens

On May 26, 1937

Famous Weddings

  • 1910 US General George S. Patton (24) weds Frederick Ayer's daughter Beatrice Ayer at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church near Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)
  • 1984 Actress Annette Bening (25) weds J. Steven White
  • 1994 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1995 US Secretary of State John Kerry (51) weds philanthropist Teresa Heinz (56) in Nantucket, Massachusetts
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