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    • May 26, 0451 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.

    • May 26, 0961 German King Otto II crowned

    • May 26, 1328 William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII

    • May 26, 1328 "William of Ockham, Franciscan Minister-General Michael of Cesena and two other Franciscan leaders secretly leave Avignon, fearing a death sentence from Pope John XXII."

    • May 26, 1521 Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers

    • May 26, 1521 Martin Luther is banned by the Edict of Worms for his writings and religious beliefs

    • May 26, 1538 Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

    • May 26, 1538 Gen�ve throws out Calvijn

    • May 26, 1637 "Pequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under German Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans."

    • May 26, 1637 The first battle of Pequot at New Haven CT kills 500 Indians

    • May 26, 1647 "Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut."

    • May 26, 1647 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony

    • May 26, 1670 "In Dover, Charles II of Great Britain and King Louis XIV of France sign the Secret Treaty of Dover."

    • May 26, 1736 "Battle of Ackia (Louisiana), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat the French"

    • May 26, 1736 "Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo, Mississippi. The French, under Louisiana governor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, had sought to link Louisiana with Acadia and the other northern colonies of New France."

    • May 26, 1770 "The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks."

    • May 26, 1781 Bank of North America incorporated in Philadelphia

    • May 26, 1788 Mary Clark of England gives birth to a baby without a brain

    • May 26, 1790 Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress

    • May 26, 1798 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara

    • May 26, 1805 Lewis & Clark first see Rocky Mountains

    • May 26, 1805 Napolean Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy

    • May 26, 1805 Napoleon is crowned king of Italy

    • May 26, 1805 Napolon Bonaparte (Napoleon I) assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Duomo di Milano gothic cathedral in Milan.

    • May 26, 1805 "The emperor Napoleon crowns himself with the old iron crown of the Lombard kings May 26 in the cathedral at Milan, he appoints his stepson Eug�ne Beauharnais viceroy June 7, but a Third Coalition mobilizes against him; Austria, Russia, and Sweden make alliances with Britain, while Napoleon gains support from Spain, Bavaria, W�rttemberg, Baden, Hesse, and Nassau
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    • May 26, 1807 French forces take Danzig and defeat the Russians June 14 in the Battle of Friedland


    • May 26, 1824 Brazil is recognized by US

    • May 26, 1828 Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.

    • May 26, 1830 The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.

    • May 26, 1834 "Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates"

    • May 26, 1860 Garibaldi occupies Palermo Italy

    • May 26, 1861 Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with the South

    • May 26, 1861 Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL

    • May 26, 1864 Montana is organized as a United States territory.

    • May 26, 1864 Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek VA

    • May 26, 1864 Territory of Montana is formed

    • May 26, 1865 Arrangements are made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi during the U S Civil War

    • May 26, 1865 "Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith"

    • May 26, 1869 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    • May 26, 1876 "HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration"

    • May 26, 1884 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 vs England XI in 4 hours

    • May 26, 1887 Racetrack betting becomes legal in New York state

    • May 26, 1889 Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public.

    • May 26, 1894 Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player

    • May 26, 1896 Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

    • May 26, 1896 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

    • May 26, 1896 "James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California."

    • May 26, 1896 "Last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned"

    • May 26, 1896 Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.

    • May 26, 1898 "San Fransisco approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utiliies"

    • May 26, 1900 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa

    • May 26, 1905 A pogrom against Jews in Minsk Belorussia

    • May 26, 1906 Archaeological Institute of America forms

    • May 26, 1906 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.

    • May 26, 1908 "At Masjed Soleyman ( ) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom."

    • May 26, 1913 Actors' Equity Association forms (NYC)

    • May 26, 1913 Emily Duncan becomes the Britain's first woman magistrate.

    • May 26, 1913 The Actors' Equity Association is organized

    • May 26, 1915 H H Asquith forms a coalition government in England

    • May 26, 1917 "A powerful F4 tornado rips Mattoon, Illinois apart, killing 101 persons and injuring 689. It was the world's longest-lasting tornado, lasting for over 7 hours and traveling 293 miles, spreading death and destruction along its path."

    • May 26, 1918 Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia

    • May 26, 1918 "Kyarra, torpedoed by a German submarine UB57 2 miles off Anvil Point off the Dorset coast while on a voyage from London to Sydney with a general cargo. 6 lives were lost."

    • May 26, 1922 Lenin suffers a stroke

    • May 26, 1923 Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg

    • May 26, 1924 President Coolidge signs Immigration Law (restricting immigration)

    • May 26, 1925 "Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery"

    • May 26, 1926 Lebanon adopts constitution

    • May 26, 1930 Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution

    • May 26, 1932 Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo

    • May 26, 1932 "Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act passed, providing for establishment of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission."

    • May 26, 1933 2nd emergency Dutch Government of Colijn forms

    • May 26, 1934 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago

    • May 26, 1935 "Police kill 10, wound 100 in the ""Memorial Day Massacre"" in South Chicago."

    • May 26, 1936 "In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sat down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for 10 hours."

    • May 26, 1936 The first Government of Zealand in Belgium ends

    • May 26, 1937 Dutch Rail NV at law forms

    • May 26, 1937 San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge opens

    • May 26, 1938 House Committee on Un-American Activities begins work

    • May 26, 1938 The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.

    • May 26, 1940 "HMS CURLEW (AA), sunk in Lavangs Fiord, Ofotfiord near Narvik, northern Norway by German Ju88 bombers."

    • May 26, 1940 Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk

    • May 26, 1940 "The ""Miracle of Dunkirk"" evacuation begins in France during World War II"

    • May 26, 1941 American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Philadelphia

    • May 26, 1941 Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck

    • May 26, 1941 German occupiers begin youth labor

    • May 26, 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London

    • May 26, 1942 Belgian Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star

    • May 26, 1942 Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: African corps vs British army

    • May 26, 1943 Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam

    • May 26, 1943 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly from US to North Africa

    • May 26, 1943 "The first president of a black country to visit US (Edwin Barclay, Liberia)"

    • May 26, 1945 US drop fire bombs on Tokyo

    • May 26, 1946 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia

    • May 26, 1946 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb

    • May 26, 1948 Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers

    • May 26, 1948 South Africa elects a nationalist government with apartheid policy

    • May 26, 1953 "Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die"

    • May 26, 1955 Conservatives win British parliamentary election

    • May 26, 1955 Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade

    • May 26, 1956 "Aircraft carrier ""Bennington"" burns off Rhode Island, killing 103"

    • May 26, 1958 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed

    • May 26, 1958 "The HSS-1N helicopter, capable of day and night antisubmarine warfare under instrument flight conditions, was publicly flown at NAS Corpus Christi"

    • May 26, 1958 "Union Square, San Fransisco becomes state historical landmark"

    • May 26, 1960 The Soviets are accused by UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge of concealing a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that was presented to the U S embassy in Moscow

    • May 26, 1961 Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta

    • May 26, 1961 USAF bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours

    • May 26, 1963 "15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth"

    • May 26, 1963 Organization of African Unity forms

    • May 26, 1965 Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes

    • May 26, 1965 Revised international Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect

    • May 26, 1966 "British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana."

    • May 26, 1966 Buddhist sets self on fire at US consulate in Hu� South-Vietnam

    • May 26, 1966 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK

    • May 26, 1966 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

    • May 26, 1969 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth

    • May 26, 1969 "John & Yoko begin their 2nd bed-in (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montr�al)"

    • May 26, 1969 The Apollo 10 astronauts return to earth after their successful 8-day rehearsal for the first manned moon landing

    • May 26, 1970 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

    • May 26, 1971 "Soviet Union's Concorde, TU-144, makes its first appearance"

    • May 26, 1972 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

    • May 26, 1972 Nixon & Brezhnev signs SALT accord

    • May 26, 1972 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.

    • May 26, 1972 Willandra National Park is established in Australia.

    • May 26, 1973 """Funky Worm"" by Ohio Players hits #15"

    • May 26, 1973 """Super Fly Meets Shaft"" by John & Ernest hits #31"

    • May 26, 1973 Bahrain adopts it's constitution

    • May 26, 1973 "Beatles' ""The Beatles 1967-1970"" album goes #1"

    • May 26, 1974 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled

    • May 26, 1975 Tennis game in the Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes

    • May 26, 1977 """Beatlemania"" opens in Winter Garden Theater on Broadway"

    • May 26, 1977 George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center

    • May 26, 1977 George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center.

    • May 26, 1977 "Movie ""Star Wars"" debuts"

    • May 26, 1978 "In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens."

    • May 26, 1978 "The first legal casino east of the Mississippi opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey"

    • May 26, 1978 The first legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City

    • May 26, 1979 """Dancin' Fool"" by Frank Zappa hits #45"

    • May 26, 1979 Number one hit on UK music charts - Blondie - Sunday Girl

    • May 26, 1980 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6

    • May 26, 1981 "Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14"

    • May 26, 1981 Soyuz T-4 returns to Earth

    • May 26, 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).

    • May 26, 1982 Aston Villa wins 27th Europe Cup 1 of Rotterdam

    • May 26, 1982 British ship Atlantic Conveyor & Coventry were hit in Falkland war

    • May 26, 1983 NASA launches Exosat

    • May 26, 1983 "Strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggers a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many missing people and thousands of buildings destroyed."

    • May 26, 1984 "Frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia"

    • May 26, 1984 "Tulsa OK gets 13"" of rain, 14 die"

    • May 26, 1985 Danny Sullivan wins Indianapolis 500 by 24 seconds following a spin

    • May 26, 1985 "Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die"

    • May 26, 1987 "Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe"

    • May 26, 1987 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka

    • May 26, 1987 Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail

    • May 26, 1987 William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA

    • May 26, 1989 Danish parliament allows legal marriage among homosexuals

    • May 26, 1991 All 223 passengers aboard a Laudia Air Boeing 767 are killed when the plane crashes in Thailand

    • May 26, 1991 "Lauda Air Flight 004 explodes over rural Thailand, killing 223."

    • May 26, 1991 Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.

    • May 26, 1992 "Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc. was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Adobe parking lot in Mountain View, California for $650,000 and is held hostage in a rented house in Hollister, California. The FBI rescues him four days later."

    • May 26, 1992 Weird Al Yankovic begins his Off The Deep End tour

    • May 26, 1993 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time

    • May 26, 1993 Olympique Marseille wins 38th Europe Cup I at Munich

    • May 26, 1994 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26)

    • May 26, 2002 lvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.

    • May 26, 2002 The Mars Odyssey finds signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars.

    • May 26, 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."

    • May 26, 2004 "The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction."

    • May 26, 2004 The U.S. Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

    • May 26, 2006 "The 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless."

    • May 26, 2010 Former model Angela Sanclemente arrested in Argentina on drug charges. She is suspected head of international operation that uses models as drug mules







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