Today in History
May 26

17Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans.
1328William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
1647A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.
1670Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France.
1691Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary's succession to the throne, is executed for treason.
1736British and Chickasaw forces defeat the French at the Battle of Ackia.
1831The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostrolenska.
1835A resolution is passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
1864The territory of Montana is organized.
1865The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1868President Andrew Johnson is aquitted of all charges of impeachment.
1896The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
1938The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
1940The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins.
1946A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb.
1958Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.
1961The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.
1961A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
1969Apollo 10 returns to Earth.
1977The movie Star Wars debuts.

Born on May 26
1667Abraham De Moivre, mathematician.
1835Edward Porter Alexander, artillery general during the American Civil War.
1883Mamie Smith, blues singer.
1886Al Jolson, jazz singer and film actor.
1895Dorothea Lange, documentary photographer.
1903Estes Kefauver, Tennessee senator.
1907John Wayne [Marion Michael Morrison], American actor and film icon.
1919Jay Silverheels, actor (The Lone Ranger).
1920Peggy Lee, jazz singer.
1923James Arness, actor (Gunsmoke).
1951Sally Ride, astronaut, the first American woman in space.

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