This Day In History – May 26th
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Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays, and more that have happened on May 26th in the past.
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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1521 – Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.
1647 – A new law banned Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty was banishment or death for a second offense.
1660 – King Charles II of England landed at Dover after being exiled for nine years.
1670 – A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them.
1691 – Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s accession to the English throne, was executed for treason.
1736 – The British and Chickasaw Indians defeated the French at the Battle of Ackia.
1791 – The French Assembly forced King Louis XVI to hand over the crown and state assets.
1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral.
1831 – Russians defeated the Poles at battle of Ostrolenska.
1835 – A resolution was passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
1836 – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted what has been called the Gag Rule.
1864 – The Territory of Montana was organized.
1865 – Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
1868 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.
1896 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the “Wall Street Journal.”
1896 – The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned.
1908 – In Persia, the first oil strike was made in the Middle East.
1913 – Actors’ Equity Association was organized in New York City.
1926 – In Morocco, rebel leader Abd el Krim surrendered.
1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities began its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
1940 – The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.
1946 – A patent was filed in the United States for the hydrogen bomb
1946 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a “close collaboration after the war.”
1948 – The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
1956 – The first trailer bank opened for business in Locust Grove, Long Island, NY. The 46-foot-long trailer took in $100,000 in deposits its first day.
1958 – Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.
1959 – The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of Wham-O.
1961 – Civil rights activist group Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta, GA.
1961 – A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours.
1969 – The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
1972 – The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period.
1973 – Kathy Schmidt set an American women’s javelin record with a throw of 207 feet, 10 inches.
1973 – Deep Purple’s single “Smoke On The Water” was released.
1974 – In London, 1,000 people needed medical treatment and a 14-year-old girl died when a crowd lost control at a David Cassidy concert.
1975 – American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.
1977 – George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours.
1978 – The first legal casino in the Eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, NJ.
1987 – Sri Lanka launched Operation Liberation. It was an offensive against the Tamil rebellion in Jaffra.
1988 – The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth NHL Stanley Cup in five seasons. They swept the series 4 games to 0 against the Boston Bruins.
1994 – U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record.
1994 – Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996
1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled; police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”
1998 – The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built at the time.
1998 – The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.
BORN ON THIS DAY
Al Jolson 1886 – Singer, actor, comedian
1907 – Born Maion Mitchell Morrison, “The Duke”, John Wayne, passed in 1979
1913 – Actor Peter Cushing, passed in 1994
1912 – “Tonto” from The Long Ranger, Jay Silverheels, passed in 1980.
1920 – Born Norma Deloris Egstram, Peggy Lee, passed in 2002.
1923 – Actor James Arness passed in 2011
1926 – -The smoothest there ever was, horn player, bandleader, passed in 1991
1939 – Sportscaster Brent Musburger
1945 – From the group The Guess Who, Garry Peterson
1948 – Stevie Nicks
1949 – “Foxy” and “Coffy Brown” actress Pam Grier
1949 – Do you wanna play some football! Hank Williams, Jr.
1948 – Producer, Director and actor, Miami Vice’s “Tubbs”, Phillip Michael Thomas
1951 – The first American woman in space, astronaut Sally K. Ride, passed in 2012
1962 – Comedian, actor Bobcat Goldthwait
1963 – NBA star Joe Dumars
1964 – Rock star Lenny Kravitz
1971 – Producer of South Park and more, Matt Stone
1975 – From The Fugees, R&B singer, actress Lauryn Hill