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History Events on May 26


Napoleon
Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.

#Napoleon

Prime Minister of Italy
Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).

#Prime_Minister_of_Italy

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

#Geneva

House Un-American Activities Committee
In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.

#House_Un-American_Activities_Committee

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.

#Impeachment_of_Andrew_Johnson

Pequot War
Pequot War: A combined English and Mohegan force under John Mason attacks a village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Pequots.

#Pequot_War

Thousand Days' War
Thousand Days' War: The Colombian Conservative Party turns the tide of war in their favor with victory against the Colombian Liberal Party in the Battle of Palonegro.

#Thousand_Days'_War

Russian Empire
Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.

#Russian_Empire

Masjed Soleyman
The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East was made at Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.

#Masjed_Soleyman

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

#Soviet_Union

Portuguese Restoration War
Portuguese Restoration War: Portuguese and Spanish forces both claim victory in the Battle of Montijo.

#Portuguese_Restoration_War

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

#Zviad_Gamsakhurdia

961
King Otto I elects his 6-year-old son Otto II as heir apparent and co-ruler of the East Frankish Kingdom. He is crowned at Aachen, and placed under the tutelage of his grandmother Matilda.

#961

Nicholas II of Russia
Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.

#Nicholas_II_of_Russia

Tahar Djaout
Tahar Djaout, Algerian journalist and writer, was assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists, dying in hospital on June 2, 1993.

#Tahar_Djaout

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

#William_of_Ockham

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

#Indian_Removal_Act

Apollo program
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.

#Apollo_program

Battle of Gazala
World War II: The Battle of Gazala takes place.

#Battle_of_Gazala

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

#Charles_Dow

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

#Anti-Ballistic_Missile_Treaty

Lauda Air Flight 004
Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes in the Phu Toei National Park in Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.

#Lauda_Air_Flight_004

Supreme Court of the United States
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

#Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States

AD 17
Germanicus 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.

#AD_17

Montana
Montana is organized as a United States territory.

#Montana

The Beatles
The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.

#The_Beatles

I-40 bridge disaster
The tugboat Robert Y. Love collides with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, resulting in 14 deaths and 11 others injured.

#I-40_bridge_disaster

24 Hours of Le Mans
The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually in June.

#24_Hours_of_Le_Mans

Alfonso VII of León and Castile
Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in León Cathedral as Imperator totius Hispaniae (Emperor of all of Spain).

#Alfonso_VII_of_León_and_Castile

2008 South China floods
Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.

#2008_South_China_floods

Boston University
Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

#Boston_University

World War II
World War II: Operation Dynamo: In northern France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.

#World_War_II

1983 Sea of Japan earthquake
The 7.8 Mw? Sea of Japan earthquake shakes northern Honshu with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A destructive tsunami is generated that leaves about 100 people dead.

#1983_Sea_of_Japan_earthquake

British Guiana
British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.

#British_Guiana

Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler
An EA-6B Prowler crashes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45 others.

#Northrop_Grumman_EA-6B_Prowler

1293 Kamakura earthquake
An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 23,000.

#1293_Kamakura_earthquake

Siege of Calais (1940)
World War II: The Siege of Calais ends with the surrender of the British and French garrison.

#Siege_of_Calais_(1940)

Bangladesh Liberation War
Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army slaughters at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

#Bangladesh_Liberation_War

946
King Edmund I of England is murdered by a thief whom he personally attacks while celebrating St Augustine's Mass Day.

#946

Dracula
Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, is published.

#Dracula

House of Commons of Northern Ireland
In 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 had spoken for ten hours.

#House_of_Commons_of_Northern_Ireland

451
Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sasanian Empire takes place. The Sasanids defeat the Armenians militarily but guarantee them freedom to openly practice Christianity.

#451

American Civil War
American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.

#American_Civil_War

Democratic Republic of Georgia
The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.

#Democratic_Republic_of_Georgia

Dred Scott
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.

#Dred_Scott

Grue Church fire
One hundred sixteen people die in the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway's history.

#Grue_Church_fire

Mattoon, Illinois
Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689.

#Mattoon,_Illinois

Battle of Haarlemmermeer
The Battle of Haarlemmermeer, a naval engagement in the Dutch War of Independence.

#Battle_of_Haarlemmermeer

United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
The first "National Sorry Day" was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
The European Community adopts the European flag.
H-dagurinn in Iceland: Traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight
The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 80-557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
The original manuscript of William Bradford's history, "Of Plymouth Plantation" is returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.
Establishment of the Peloponnesian Senate by the Greek rebels.
A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrated the end of fighting in the American Revolution.
The Orlov Revolt, an attempt to revolt against the Ottoman Empire before the Greek War of Independence, ends in disaster for the Greeks.
The Battle of Ackia was fought near the present site of Tupelo, Mississippi. British and Chickasaw soldiers repelled a French and Choctaw attack on the then-Chickasaw village of Ackia.
Julius 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.