Events in History on May 26

  • 451 The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity.
  • 961 German King Otto II crowned
  • 1328 William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII
  • 1538 Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
  • 1596 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
  • 1637 1st battle of Pequot at Mystic, Connnecticut kills 500 indians
  • 1647 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
  • 1647 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1736 Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French
  • 1770 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.
  • 1781 Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia
  • 1790 Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress
  • 1798 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
  • 1805 Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains

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1805 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1824 Brazil is recognized by US
  • 1828 Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
  • 1834 Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates

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1857 US slave Dred Scott and family freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow 3 months after US courts ruled against them.

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott

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1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi occupies Palermo, Italy

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • 1861 US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South
  • 1861 Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL
  • 1864 Battle of Dallas, Georgia begins (US Civil War)
  • 1864 -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • 1864 Territory of Montana formed
  • 1865 Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith
  • 1868 President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
  • 1869 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1876 HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
  • 1887 Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state
  • 1894 Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player
  • 1896 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

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1896 Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned

  • 1896 James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
  • 1898 SF approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utilities
  • 1900 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Three Gables" (BG)
  • 1904 In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
  • 1905 A pogrom against Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
  • 1906 Archaeological Institute of America forms
  • 1906 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 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
  • 1911 Germany passes legislation organizing Alsace and Lorraine as an autonomous state with a legislature
  • 1913 Emily Duncan becomes Great Britain's first woman magistrate.

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1915 H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • 1918 Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia
  • 1918 Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
  • 1919 The Supreme Council of Allies, meeting at Versailles, decides to recognize two White Russian leaders, Admiral Kolchak and General Denikin, and support them against the Bolsheviks

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1922 Lenin suffers a stroke

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1923 Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg
  • 1924 German government of Marx resigns

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1924 US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1926 Lebanon adopts constitution

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1927 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie

  • 1928 A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4
  • 1930 Joe Sewell, strikes out twice of his 3 times in 1930, by Pat Caraway
  • 1930 Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
  • 1932 Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo
  • 1933 2nd emergency Dutch government of Colijn forms
  • 1934 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
  • 1936 1st government of Zealand in Belgium ends
  • 1937 Dutch Rail NV at law forms
  • 1937 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 1938 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms

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1940 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky

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1941 American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1941 Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
  • 1941 German occupiers begin youth labor
  • 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
  • 1942 Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star
  • 1942 Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: Afrika Korps vs British army
  • 1943 Edwin Barclay of Liberia becomes first president of a black country to visit US
  • 1943 Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam
  • 1943 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly from US to North Africa
  • 1945 US drop fire bombs on Tokyo
  • 1946 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • 1946 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
  • 1948 Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
  • 1948 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • 1951 Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London
  • 1953 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
  • 1955 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election

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1955 Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1956 A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew
  • 1958 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • 1958 Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark
  • 1959 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
  • 1961 Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
  • 1961 USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
  • 1963 Organization of African Unity forms
  • 1963 Wes Stock becomes only Balt Oriole to win a doubleheader
  • 1965 Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes
  • 1965 Revised International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect
  • 1966 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
  • 1966 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1969 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth
  • 1970 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

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1972 US President Richard Nixon & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1972 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
  • 1972 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman
  • 1972 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended.
  • 1973 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • 1973 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
  • 1974 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled
  • 1977 George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center
  • 1978 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • 1980 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
  • 1981 Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14
  • 1981 The Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
  • 1982 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died
  • 1983 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • 1983 NASA launches Exosat
  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1984 Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die
  • 1985 Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
  • 1987 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • 1987 US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
  • 1987 William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA
  • 1989 At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio
  • 1989 Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
  • 1989 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1992 Carlos Martinez hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a HR
  • 1993 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time
  • 1993 Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a home run

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1998 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1998 The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • 2002 The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
  • 2002 Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
  • 2003 Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.
  • 2004 The New York Times publishes admission of journalistic failings, claiming its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism during the buildup to the 2003 Iraq War helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
  • 2004 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2006 The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
  • 2012 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7

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2012 Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2013 The Mumbai Indians defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian 20/20 Premier League

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2014 Narendra Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 2014 World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone
  • 2014 Protests across Thailand in response to military coup; General Prayuth warns of a crackdown in demonstrations continue