May 26 Events

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May 26th, 2006 (May 26 2006)EventThe May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
May 26th, 2004 (May 26 2004)EventThe 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 26th, 2004 (May 26 2004)EventThe United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
May 26th, 2003 (May 26 2003)EventOnly 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 26th, 2002 (May 26 2002)EventThe Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
May 26th, 2002 (May 26 2002)EventAlvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
May 26th, 1999 (May 26 1999)EventManchester United beat Bayern Munich with 2 goals in injury time from Tedddy Shermingham and Ole Gunnar Solskj?r, this completed Uniteds historic Treble.
May 26th, 1998 (May 26 1998)EventThe 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.
May 26th, 1992 (May 26 1992)EventCharles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc. is 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 26th, 1991 (May 26 1991)EventZviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
May 26th, 1991 (May 26 1991)EventLauda Air Flight 004 explodes over rural Thailand, killing 223.
May 26th, 1986 (May 26 1986)EventThe European Community adopts the European flag.
May 26th, 1983 (May 26 1983)EventA strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed.
May 26th, 1981 (May 26 1981)EventThe Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
May 26th, 1978 (May 26 1978)EventIn Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.
May 26th, 1977 (May 26 1977)EventGeorge Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City s World Trade Center.George Ade Quotes
May 26th, 1972 (May 26 1972)EventWillandra National Park is established in Australia.
May 26th, 1972 (May 26 1972)EventThe United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
May 26th, 1972 (May 26 1972)EventThe British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
May 26th, 1970 (May 26 1970)EventThe Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
May 26th, 1969 (May 26 1969)EventApollo program: Apollo 10 returns to earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
May 26th, 1966 (May 26 1966)EventBritish Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
May 26th, 1948 (May 26 1948)EventThe U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557 which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
May 26th, 1942 (May 26 1942)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim takes place.
May 26th, 1940 (May 26 1940)EventWorld War II: Battle of Dunkirk - In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
May 26th, 1938 (May 26 1938)EventThe House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
May 26th, 1936 (May 26 1936)EventIn the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down in the early hours of the following morning, he spoke for 10 hours.
May 26th, 1928 (May 26 1928)EventThe first motion picture is projected publicly in Athens, Greece.
May 26th, 1918 (May 26 1918)EventArmenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
May 26th, 1918 (May 26 1918)EventThe Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
May 26th, 1917 (May 26 1917)EventA powerful F4 tornado rips Mattoon, Illinois apart, killing 101 people 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 26th, 1913 (May 26 1913)EventEmily Duncan becomes Great Britain s first woman magistrate.
May 26th, 1908 (May 26 1908)EventAt 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 26th, 1906 (May 26 1906)EventVauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
May 26th, 1896 (May 26 1896)EventCharles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
May 26th, 1896 (May 26 1896)EventJames Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
May 26th, 1894 (May 26 1894)EventNicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
May 26th, 1889 (May 26 1889)EventOpening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public.
May 26th, 1879 (May 26 1879)EventRussia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
May 26th, 1869 (May 26 1869)EventBoston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
May 26th, 1868 (May 26 1868)EventThe impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends, with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.Andrew Johnson Quotes
May 26th, 1865 (May 26 1865)EventAmerican Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
May 26th, 1864 (May 26 1864)EventMontana is organized as a United States territory.
May 26th, 1857 (May 26 1857)EventDred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
May 26th, 1830 (May 26 1830)EventThe Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.Andrew Jackson Quotes
May 26th, 1828 (May 26 1828)EventMysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
May 26th, 1805 (May 26 1805)EventNapoleon Bonaparte 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.Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes
May 26th, 1770 (May 26 1770)EventThe Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.
May 26th, 1736 (May 26 1736)EventBattle 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 26th, 1670 (May 26 1670)EventIn Dover, England, Charles II of Great Britain and Louis XIV of France sign the Secret Treaty of Dover. Louis XIV of France Quotes
May 26th, 1647 (May 26 1647)EventAlse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
May 26th, 1637 (May 26 1637)EventPequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under German Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans.
May 26th, 1538 (May 26 1538)EventGeneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.John Calvin Quotes
May 26th, 1328 (May 26 1328)EventWilliam 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 26th, 1293 (May 26 1293)EventAn earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000.
May 26th, 0451 (May 26 0451)EventThe 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.

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