History's May 26
    2012 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7
    2009 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes, 4 games to 0
    2006 The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
    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.
    2004 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
    2004 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
    2004 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen
    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 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or
    2002 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
    2002 Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
    2002 The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
    2000 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
    1999 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
    1998 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President 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.
    1997 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs
    1997 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
    1996 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
    1996 Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
    1996 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances
    1996 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Lazier wins in 3:22:45.753 (238.112 km/h)
    1993 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time
    1993 Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a home run
    1993 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
    1992 Weird Al Yankovic begins his Off The Deep End tour
    1992 Carlos Martinez hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a HR
    1991 Betsy King wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
    1990 Philadelphia Phillies retire Mike Schmidt's uniform #20
    1990 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
    1989 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1989 Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
    1989 At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio
    1988 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
    1987 William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA
    1987 US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
    1987 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
    1987 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
    1985 Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
    1985 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
    1985 Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds following a spin
    1984 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
    1984 US President President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war
    1984 Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die
    1983 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
    1983 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
    1983 NASA launches Exosat
    1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1983 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
    1982 35th Cannes Film Festival: "Missing" directed by Costa Gavras and "Yol" directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Guney jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
    1982 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died
    1982 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
    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).
    1981 Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14
    1980 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
    1980 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
    1980 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
    1979 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
    1978 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
    1977 George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center
    1975 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
    1974 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled
    1974 Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic
    1974 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:09:10.094 (255.224 km/h)
    1973 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
    1973 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
    1973 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
    1973 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
    1973 Bahrain adopts its constitution
    1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1972 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
    1972 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
    1972 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman
    1972 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended.
    1972 US President Richard Nixon & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord
    1970 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
    1969 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth
    1969 John & Yoko begin their 2nd bed-in (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)
    1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
    1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1966 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
    1966 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
    1965 Revised International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect
    1965 Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes
    1964 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
    1963 Wes Stock becomes only Balt Oriole to win a doubleheader
    1963 62nd Men's French Championships: Roy Emerson beats Pierre Darmon (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)
    1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
    1963 62nd Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner beats Ann Jones (2-6, 6-3, 7-5)
    1963 Organization of African Unity forms
    1963 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win
    1962 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
    1961 Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
    1961 USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
    1959 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
    1958 Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark
    1958 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
    1958 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
    1957 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
    1956 Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1
    1956 55th Men's French Championships: Lewis Hoad beats Sven Davidson (6-4, 8-6, 6-3)
    1956 55th Women's French Championships: Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer (6-0, 12-10)
    1956 A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew
    1955 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election
    1955 "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
    1955 Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade
    1953 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
    1951 Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London
    1948 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D.F. Malan with an apartheid policy
    1948 Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
    1946 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
    1946 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
    1946 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
    1946 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
    1945 US drop fire bombs on Tokyo
    1943 Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam
    1943 Edwin Barclay of Liberia becomes first president of a black country to visit US
    1943 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly from US to North Africa
    1942 Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star
    1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
    1942 Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: Afrika Korps vs British army
    1941 American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila
    1941 German occupiers begin youth labor
    1941 Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
    1940 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky
    1938 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
    1937 San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge opens
    1937 Dutch Rail NV at law forms
    1936 1st government of Zealand in Belgium ends
    1934 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
    1933 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards
    1933 2nd emergency Dutch government of Colijn forms
    1932 Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo
    1930 Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
    1930 Joe Sewell, strikes out twice of his 3 times in 1930, by Pat Caraway
    1928 A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4
    1927 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie
    1926 Lebanon adopts constitution
    1925 Tigers' Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)
    1925 Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery
    1924 US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration
    1924 German government of Marx resigns
    1923 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run
    1923 Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg
    1922 Lenin suffers a stroke
    1919 The Supreme Council of Allies, meeting at Versailles, decides to recognize two White Russian leaders, Admiral Kolchak and General Denikin, and support them against the Bolsheviks
    1918 Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
    1918 Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia
    1917 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
    1915 H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
    1913 US Actors' Equity Association forms (NYC)
    1913 Emily Duncan becomes Great Britain's first woman magistrate.
    1911 Germany passes legislation organizing Alsace and Lorraine as an autonomous state with a legislature
    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.
    1907 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
    1906 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
    1906 Archaeological Institute of America forms
    1905 A pogrom against Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
    1904 In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
    1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Three Gables" (BG)
    1900 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
    1898 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32
    1898 SF approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utilities
    1896 Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
    1896 James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
    1896 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
    1896 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY
    1894 Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player
    1887 Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state
    1884 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours
    1883 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
    1876 HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
    1874 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
    1869 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    1868 President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
    1865 Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith
    1864 -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
    1864 Territory of Montana formed
    1861 Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL
    1861 US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South
    1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi occupies Palermo, Italy
    1857 US slave Dred Scott and family freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow 3 months after US courts ruled against them.
    1834 Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates
    1828 Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
    1824 Brazil is recognized by US
    1805 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy
    1805 Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains
    1798 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
    1790 Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress
    1781 Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia
    1770 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.
    1736 Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French
    1647 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
    1647 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
    1637 1st battle of Pequot at Mystic, Connnecticut kills 500 indians
    1596 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
    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 forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII
    961 German King Otto II crowned
    451 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.
    47 BCJulius Caesar visits Tarsus on his way to Pontus, where he meets enthusiastic support, but where, according to Cicero, Cassius is planning to kill him at this point.
    17Germanicus returns to Rome as a conquering hero; he celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti and other German tribes west of the Elbe.
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