Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - May 26th

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 stockpil

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.

2002 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars.

2002 - Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.

1999 - Manchester United win the UEFA Champions League and complete a historic and unprecedented treble.

1995 - Teresa Heinz marries U.S. Senator John Kerry on Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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

1991 - Lauda Air Flight 004 explodes over rural Thailand, killing 223.

1986 - The European Community adopts the European flag.

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.

1982 - Aston Villa Football Club win the European Cup, beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in Rotterdam.

1978 - In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.

1977 - George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center.

1972 - Willandra National Park is established in Australia.

1972 - The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

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

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their second Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.

1966 - British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.

1963 - The Organisation of African Unity is formed.

1948 - The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557 which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

1940 - World War II: Battle of Dunkirk ? In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk.

1938 - The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.

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.

1918 - The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.

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.

1908 - At Masjid-al-Salaman 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.

1906 - Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.

1897 - Bram Stoker's novel Dracula goes on sale in London.

1896 - Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.

1896 - James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.

1896 - Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

1889 - Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public

1879 - Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.

1868 - The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends, with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.

1865 - American 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.

1864 - Montana is organized as a United States territory.

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

1828 - Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.

1805 - Napoleon 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.

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 sou

1670 - In Dover, King Charles II of England and King Louis XIV of France sign the Secret Treaty of Dover.

1637 - Pequot War: A combined Puritan and Mohegan force under English Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans.

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

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

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