On This Day

On This Day in History for May 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 and destroyer HMS Coventry hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members die
  • 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

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1984 US President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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 American radio broadcasters go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42 am to honor the radio industry
  • 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

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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


2000 Arthur C. Clarke is knighted "for services to literature" at a ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 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, claims its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism during buildup to 2003 Iraq War helped promote 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
  • 2013 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Kōki Idoki of Japan wins his lone PGA event by 2 strokes from Jay Haas and Kenny Perry

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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
  • 2017 Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best killed, Micah David-Cole Fletcher injured defending Muslim teenager in Portland, Oregon
  • 2018 Ireland votes to repeal their 8th amendment to allow legalized abortion, 66.4% vote yes
  • 2019 Nine climbers die in a week on Mt Everest after overcrowding leads to a huge queue to reach the summit
  • 2019 Ken Wyatt becomes Australia's first Aboriginal minister in government as the minister for indigenous Australians
  • 2019 Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: American Ken Tanigawa wins his first career major title by 1 stroke ahead of Scott McCarron
  • 2020 Costa Rica becomes the first county in Central America to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2020 US restricts travel from Brazil as the country posts world's second highest number of recorded cases of coronavirus COVID-19

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2020 J. K. Rowling begins publishing children's story "The Ickabog" online in installments

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

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2020 Twitter adds warning labels to warn about inaccuracies in US President Donald Trump's tweets for the first time

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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