Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
May 26th

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961*German King Otto II crowned.Ref: 5
1232*Pope Gregory IX sent the first Inquisition team to Aragon in Spain, after turning its details over to the Dominicans the previous year.Ref: 5
1328 William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.Ref: 5
1521*Martin Luther was declared an outlaw and his writings were banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs.Ref: 70
1647*A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.Ref: 2
1774*Lord Dunmore dissolves the General Assembly after the burgesses' May 24 resolution was printed. 
1781*Bank of North America incorporated in Philadelphia.Ref: 5
1790*Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress.Ref: 5
1805*Napoleon crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral.Ref: 70
1824*Brazil is recognized by US.Ref: 5
1835*A resolution is passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.Ref: 2
1836*The United States House of Representatives adopted what has been called the Gag Rule. This rule was made to restrict needless, overly long discussion about legislation in Congress. Is anyone listening?Ref: 4
1858*In Pittsburgh, the Associate Presbyterian and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian churches merged to form the United Presbyterian Church in North America.Ref: 5
1861*Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South.Ref: 5
1864*Montana territory organized by taking piece from Territory of Idaho.Ref: 5
1868*Another vote is taken in the Senate on the 2nd and 3rd Articles of Impeachment and President Johnson is again acquitted by one vote. The trial is over.Ref: 3
1887*British East Africa Company chartered.Ref: 10
1894*Czar Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia, is crowned.Ref: 3
1896*The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.Ref: 2
1896*Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94).Ref: 5
1898*San Francisco approves new City Charter, allowing municipal ownership of utiliies (charter effective Jan 1, 1900)Ref: 5
1904*The first Wright Brothers flight in Greene County OH occurs at Huffman Prairie in Bath Twp.Ref: 56
1905*A pogrom against Jews in Minsk Belorussia.Ref: 5
1906*Archaeological Institute of America forms.Ref: 5
1913*First British woman magistrate appointed-Emily Duncan.Ref: 10
1918*Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia.Ref: 5
1922*Lenin suffers a stroke.Ref: 5
1923 Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg.Ref: 5
1924*German Government of Marx resigns.Ref: 5
1924*President Coolidge signs Immigration Law (restricting immigration).Ref: 5
1926*A motion is filed for a new trial based upon Medeiros' confession and information about the Morelli gang, an Italian gang that robbed freight cars in Providence, R.I. and New Bedford, Mass.Ref: 87
1926 Lebanon adopts constitution.Ref: 5
1927*The 15,000,000th Model T roles off the assembly line. Ref 
1930*Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution.Ref: 5
1932*Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo.Ref: 5
1933*2nd emergency Dutch Government of Colijn forms.Ref: 5
1936 First Government of Zealand in Belgium ends.Ref: 5
1937 Dutch Rail NV at law forms.Ref: 5
1938*The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins its work of searching for subversives in the United States.Ref: 2
1941*American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Philadelphia.Ref: 5
1942*Belgian Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star.Ref: 5
1943*First president of a black country to visit US (Edwin Barclay, Liberia).Ref: 5
1943*Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1946*Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia.Ref: 5
1948 Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers.Ref: 5
1948 South Africa elects a nationalist government with apartheid policy.Ref: 5
1955*Conservatives win British parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1955*Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade.Ref: 5
1956*(Long Island) The first trailer bank opened for business in Locust Grove, Long Island, NY. The 46-foot-long trailer took in $100,000 in deposits its very first day.Ref: 4
1958*Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.Ref: 2
1958 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed.Ref: 5
1958*US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests).Ref: 5
1960*The US Ambassador to the UN, Henry Cabot Lodge accues the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the US Embassy in Moscow. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2000)Ref: 83
1961*The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.Ref: 2
1961*A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.Ref: 2
1963 Organization of African Unity forms.Ref: 5
1965 Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes.Ref: 5
1965 Revised international Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect.Ref: 5
1966*Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK.Ref: 5
1967*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1971*Soviet Union's Concorde, TU-144, makes its first appearance.Ref: 5
1972*Nixon & Brezhnev signs SALT accord.Ref: 5
1972*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1973 Bahrain adopts it's constitution.Ref: 5
1977*The man called The Human Fly, George Willig, did the impossible. He scaled the World Trade Center in NY City, by fixing himself up to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top! It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines a penny per floor.Ref: 4
1978*The first legal casino in the eastern United States opened in Atlantic City, N.J.Ref: 70
1983*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1987*Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe.Ref: 5
1987*Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail.Ref: 5
1987*William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA.Ref: 5
1989 Danish parliament allows legal marriage among homosexuals.Ref: 5
1989*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1990*China People's Republic performs nuclear test at Lop Nor People's Rebublic of China.Ref: 5
1993*In what amounted to a test sales pitch for health reform, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton denounced price gougers and profiteers before an enthusiastic audience of union activists in Washington. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
1994*President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.Ref: 70
1997*Russian-Belarus Union Charter signed by Lukashenko and YeltsinRef: 89
1998*Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President ClintonRef: 5
1998*The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island historic gateway for millions of immigrants - is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.Ref: 70
1998*The Supreme Court made it more difficult for police to be sued by people hurt during high-speed chases. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
2002*President Bush visits Paris where he meets with French President Jacques Chriac. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Alvaro Uribe is elected Columbia's president. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
1805*Meriwether Lewis sees the Rockies for the first time. (Time, p 44, 7/08/2002) 
1876*HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration.Ref: 5
1946*A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb.Ref: 2
1969*The "Apollo Ten" astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.Ref: 2
1980*Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6.Ref: 5
1981*Soyuz T-4 returns to Earth.Ref: 5
1983*Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7.Ref: 5
1983*NASA launches Exosat.Ref: 5
17 Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans.Ref: 2
1521*A three month seige of Tenochtitlan by Hernando Cortes marks the start of the last battle with the Aztecs. 
1596 England, France & Netherlands signs Drievoudig Covenant against Spain.Ref: 5
1637*First battle of Pequot at New Haven CT kills 500 Indians.Ref: 5
1670*Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France.Ref: 2
1736*Battle of Ackia (Louisiana), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat the French.Ref: 5
1798*British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.Ref: 5
1831*The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostrolenska.Ref: 2
1834 Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates.Ref: 5
1860 Garibaldi occupies Palermo Italy.Ref: 5
1861*Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL.Ref: 5
1864*Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek VA.Ref: 5
1865*Surrender of last Confederate army at Shreveport ends U.S. Civil War. Total dead 498,432.Ref: 10
1865*Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.Ref: 70
1865*Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith.Ref: 5
1900*British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa.Ref: 5
1915*H H Asquith forms a liberal coalition government in England.Ref: 5
1916*Bulgarians invade Greece and occupy forts on the Struma.Ref: 38
1940*The British Expeditionary Force begins the evacuation from Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo).Ref: 36
1941*The German battleship Bismarck is attacked by fifteen Swordfish bi-planes from the carrier Ark Royal. She is hit by two torpedoes on the port side. One in the center, and other in the aft. Both rudders jammed at 12º to port. The Bismarck is unable to maneuver. The Bismarck fires a few salvos against the Sheffield. No hits scored.Ref: 5
1941*German occupiers begin youth labor.Ref: 5
1942*Rommel begins an offensive against the Gazala Line.Ref: 36
1942*Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London.Ref: 5
1942*Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: African corps vs British army.Ref: 5
1943*Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly from US to North Africa.Ref: 5
1944*82nd Airborne division D-day-landing at La Haye du Puits to Ste Mère Eglise.Ref: 5
1945*US drop fire bombs on Tokyo.Ref: 5
1982*British ship Atlantic Conveyor & Coventry were hit in Falkland war.Ref: 5
1987 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka.Ref: 5
1874*2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56½.Ref: 5
1883*11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42½.Ref: 5
1894*Dr. Emanuel Lasker of Germany beats Wilhelm Steinitz (Czech) for world chess championship.Ref: 5
1896 First American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY.Ref: 5
1898*32nd Belmont Stakes: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32.Ref: 5
1907*Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits New York Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game.Ref: 5
1909*Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31).Ref: 5
1916*In a 12-1 victory over the Braves, Giants' Benny Coffey gets picked off first base three times.Ref: 1
1917*Walt Cruise hit first homerun out of Braves Field.Ref: 5
1923*First Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance was run.Ref: 5
1925*Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery.Ref: 5
1925*Tigers' Ty Cobb is first to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139).Ref: 5
1928*Andrew Payne ran 3,422 miles in 84 days in a time of 573 hours, 4 minutes and 34 seconds to win the Bunion Derby that ended at Madison Square Garden in NY City.Ref: 4
1928*A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yankees 7-4.Ref: 5
1929*Giants' Pat Crawford and Lies Bell of the Braves both hit grand slams in pinch-hitting appearances as New York beats Boston, 15-9.Ref: 1
1930*Joe Sewell, hardest to strike out, is struck out twice by Pat Caraway.Ref: 5
1933*Phillies Chuck Klein hits for the cycle vs St Louis Cardinals.Ref: 5
1946*2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball.Ref: 5
1956*Despite 9 1/3 hitless innings pitched by John Klippstein, Hershel Freeman, and Joe Black, the Phillies still beat the Reds, 2-1.Ref: 1
1957*Chicago Cub Rookie Dick Drott strikes out 15 Braves-including famed slugger Hank Aaron three times-in 7-5 win.Ref: 86
1957*Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open.Ref: 5
1959*In another of Bill Veeck's stunts, 3-feet 7 inch Eddie Gaedel returns to a major league field along with three other midgets. Arriving by helicopter and dressed as Martians, the quartet shake hands with Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio near second base on Comiskey Park's infield and give them toy ray guns as the PA announcer informs fans the crowd the ETs have arrived to help the somewhat short keystone combo in their struggle with giant earthlings.Ref: 1
1959*Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh, pitches 12 innings before losing the game in the 13th, 1-0. Felix Mantilla reached 1st on a throwing error by 3b Don Hoak, Eddie Matthews sacrifices Mantilla to 2nd. Hank Aaron is walked intentionally, Joe Adock his a 3-run HR. Adock passes Aaron on the bases and is only credited with a 1-run double.Ref: 1
1963*Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.Ref: 5
1963*Wes Stock becomes the only Baltimore Oriole to win a double header.Ref: 5
1968*Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.Ref: 5
1972*Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1973*Kathy Schmidt set an American women’s javelin record with a toss of 207 feet, 10 inches in Modesto, CA.Ref: 4
1974*Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1975*Tennis game in the Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes.Ref: 5
1976*Ken Brett no-hit bid ends with two outs in the ninth, when third baseman Jorge Orta hopes Angels' Jerry Remy slow roller will go foul. It doesn't and the no-hitter is lost, but he wins game in 11th, 1-0.Ref: 1
1976*In a pitching match up that features the Niekro brothers against one another, Astro Joe beat the Braves and Phil, 4-1. Adding insult to injury Joe hits a homer off his older sibling.Ref: 1
1980*Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8".Ref: 5
1980*Phillie Steve Carlton is first National League-er to record 6, 1-hitters.Ref: 5
1983*Los Angeles Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws.Ref: 5
1984 Frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia.Ref: 5
1985*A.J. Foyt made it to his 30th Indpls 500 as he got his sluggish Indy-car to start. Following the race, he announced that he would retire from auto racing after the 1987 Indy race. And he did.Ref: 4
1985*Danny Sullivan wins Indpls 500 by 24 seconds following a spin.Ref: 5
1985*Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1988*Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games.Ref: 5
1990*Don Baylor, the only Angel to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award [1979], is inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. The seasoned veteran averaged 23 home runs and 87 RBI, while batting .262 in six seasons for the Californian team.Ref: 1
1990*Philadelphia Phillies retire Mike Schmidt's uniform #20.Ref: 5
1991*Betsy King wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1993*Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a homerun.Ref: 5
1995*Minnesota Twins' Kirby Puckett drove in his 1,000th career RBI versus Texas.Ref: 86
1996*Indpls 500 race; Buddy Lazier wins with an average speed of 147.956 mph.Ref: 5
1996*Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game.Ref: 5
1996*Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1997*Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park homeruns.Ref: 5
2000*At Yankee Stadium, a fan falls from the upper deck and remains motionless on the screen behind home plate for about five minutes while the game is delayed against the Red Sox. The 24-year old man suddenly sits up and raises both arms high before being arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.Ref: 1
2002*Helio Castroneves wins his second straight Indianapolis 500, despite a protest filed by Paul Tracy. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
1887*Racetrack betting becomes legal in New York state.Ref: 5
1903*Fiction: Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of the 3 Gables" (BG).Ref: 5
1913*Actors’ Equity Association was organized in New York City.Ref: 4
1934*Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago.Ref: 5
1937*Lionel Hampton and his band recorded the classic, Flying Home, for Decca Records.Ref: 4
1940*Invitation to Learning was first heard on CBS radio. The educational radio program ran for 15 years on the network.Ref: 4
1946*Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague.Ref: 5
1951 Vaughan Williams "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London.Ref: 5
1954*Liberace presented a three-hour, one-man concert at Madison Square Garden in NY City. Look at the official attendance: 13,000 women and 3,000 men! The performance nearly broke the box office mark of 18,000 set by pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski.Ref: 4
1955*"7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances.Ref: 5
1957*The religious program "The Fourth R" aired for the last time over NBC television. Produced by several different religious organizations, this short-lived series aired on Sunday mornings.Ref: 5
1961*After 10 years Dave Garroway retires from NBC-TV's Today show ending with his trademark, “Peace,” with palm facing the camera.Ref: 4
1962*"All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances.Ref: 5
1963*15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth.Ref: 5
1964*"Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances.Ref: 5
1969*Dick Cavett began a prime time summer TV series three nights a week on ABC.Ref: 4
1969*John & Yoko begin their 2nd bed-in (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal).Ref: 5
1973*Beatles' "The Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1.Ref: 5
1973*Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata, premieres.Ref: 5
1973*"Funky Worm" by Ohio Players hits #15.Ref: 5
1973*"Super Fly Meets Shaft" by John & Ernest hits #31.Ref: 5
1974*During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled.Ref: 5
1977*The movie Star Wars debuts.Ref: 2
1977*"Beatlemania" opens in Winter Garden Theater on Broadway.Ref: 5
1979*"Dancin' Fool" by Frank Zappa hits #45.Ref: 5
1986 Sylvester Stallone set a sales record for a non-sequel film with the release of Cobra. Ticket sales for the opening day premiere were $12.4 million.Ref: 4
1989 At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 second silence, honoring radio.Ref: 5
1992*Weird Al Yankovic begins his Off The Deep End tour.Ref: 5
1993*Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation Susan Lucci loses for 14th time.Ref: 5
1994*Pop star Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic.Ref: 70
1996*"Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances.Ref: 5
2002*Roman Polanski's film "The Pianist" wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Xenia High School's Dean of Students, Reggie Baxter, announces he is the cousin of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard. (XDG, p 2A, 5/26/2003)Ref: 83
1391 Charles Duc d'Orlean, is born.Ref: 10
1478*Clement VII [Giulio de' Medici], Italy, Pope (1523-34), is born.Ref: 5
1566*Mohammed III sultan of Turkey (1595-1603), is born.Ref: 5
1591*Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck composer, is born.Ref: 5
1667*Abraham De Moivre French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem), is born.Ref: 5
1689*Lady Mary Wortley Montagu English essayist, feminist, eccentric, is born.Ref: 5
1700*Nikolaus L earl von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf German evangelist, is born.Ref: 5
1759*Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin writer/mother of Mary Shelley, is born.Ref: 5
1771*Rahel Varnhagen von Ense-Levin German saloon owner/author, is born.Ref: 5
1773*Hans Georg Nageli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1782*Joseph Drechsler composer, is born.Ref: 5
1788*Mary Clark of England gives birth to a baby without a brain.Ref: 5
1799*Alexander S Pushkin Russia, writer (Eugene Onegin), is born (or June 6th on the Gregorian (new) calendar.Ref: 5
1799*August Kopisch German writer (Die Heinzelmännchen von Köln), is born.Ref: 5
1806*Henry Knox Thatcher Commander (Union Navy), died in 1880, is born.Ref: 5
1811*Birth of William Hunter, American Methodist clergyman. The author of three collections of hymns, published during his lifetime, Hunter is best remembered today for the hymn entitled, "The Great Physician Now is Near."Ref: 5
1822*E de Goncourt writer, is born.Ref: 5
1825*Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza composer, is born.Ref: 5
1835*Edward Porter Alexander Brigadier General of artillery (Confederate Army), is born.Ref: 5
1837*Washington Roebling, American civil engineer; designed the Brooklyn BridgeRef: 70
1846*Arthur Coquard composer, is born.Ref: 5
1850*Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman Dutch actress (Stupid force), is born.Ref: 5
1853*Monroe A Althouse composer, is born.Ref: 5
1856*George Templeton Strong composer, is born.Ref: 5
1859*Alfred Edward Housman Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life), is born.Ref: 5
1863*Robert Fitzsimmons, English-born world boxing champion in three weight divisions between 1891 and 1903, is born in Helston, Cornwall.Ref: 70
1865*Akseli V Gallen-Kallela Finnish painter/graphic artist/illustrator, is born.Ref: 5
1866*John Eigenhuis writer (Tough Workers), is born.Ref: 5
1867*Mary queen of Great Britain/North Ireland, is born.Ref: 5
1871*Camille Huysmans Belgian premier (1946-47), is born.Ref: 5
1874*Henry Farman French aviation pioneer (double decker), is born.Ref: 5
1876*Jack Root, boxing's first light heavyweight champion, is born.Ref: 5
1877*Jean Schlumberger French writer (La Mort de Sparte), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Sadao Araki Japanese general/minister of War (1931-34), is born.Ref: 5
1883*Mamie Smith, blues singer, is born.Ref: 2
1884*Charles Winninger Athens WI, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson] jazz singer/silent film actor (Mamie, Swanee), is born.Ref: 5
1890*Kurt Edzard German sculptor (nudes/portraits), is born.Ref: 5
1893*Norma Talmadge Jersey City NJ, actress (Sign on the Door, Camille), is born.Ref: 5
1893*Sir Eugene Goossens London England, conductor/composer (Perseus), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Dorothea Lange US documentary photographer, is born.Ref: 5
1895*Paul Lukas Budapest Hungary, actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Salo Wittmayer Baron, Austrian-born American historian, is born.Ref: 70
1897*Norma Talmadge, actress, is born.Ref: 68
1898*Ernst Bacon composer, is born.Ref: 5
1898*Gerard Bertouille composer, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Otto E Neugebauer Austrian/US math historian, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Pieter Menten Dutch war criminalRef: 5
1903*Estes Kefauver (Senator-D-TN), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Hans Holewa composer, is born.Ref: 5
1907*John Wayne [born Marion Michael Morrison], American actor and film icon, is born.Ref: 68
1907*Carleton Young New York NY, actor (Reefer Madness, Pride of the Bowery), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Malando [Arie Maasland] composer/orchestra leader (Olé Guapa), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Robert Morley Semley Wiltshire England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Matt Busby Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Richard Maibaum New York NY, screenwriter (Goldfinger), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Helen Eugenie Anderson, American ambassador to Denmark; first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador, is born.Ref: 70
1910*Laurance S. Rockefeller, New York NY, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), conservationist: donated 92 acres on the top of Sage Mountain for British Virgin Islands’s first national park [1964], is born.Ref: 4
1910*Adolfo Lopez Mateos President of México, is born.Ref: 5
1911*Ben Alexander Goldfield NV, actor (Dragnet, Outer Gate, Mr Doodles Kicks Off), is born.Ref: 5
1912*János Kádár, premier Hungary (1956-58), is born in Fjume, Austria-Hungary.Ref: 68
1913 Fred Bertrand Belgian politician, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Peter Cushing Kenley Surrey England, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who), is born.Ref: 5
1913 Robert Shaw town planner, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Archie Duncan Glasgow Scotland, actor (Sherlock Holmes), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Jay Silverheels actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger), is born.Ref: 68
1919*Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh journalist, is born.Ref: 5
1920*Peggy Lee [Norma Egstrom] Jamestown ND, singer (Fever, Why Don't You Do Right), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Actor James Arness (Aurness) (of Gunsmoke) is born in Minneapolis MN. (Brother of Peter Graves.)Ref: 4
1923*Horst Tapper German director/actor (Derrick), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Oren Lee Staley first president of National Farmers Organization (1955-79), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Roy Dotrice Guernsey Channel Island, actor (The Wizard), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Cooper Evans (Representative-R-IA, 1981-87), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Alec McCowen Turnbridge Wells Kent England, actor (Never Say Never Again, Frenzy, Hanover Street, Stevie), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Maria de Lourdes Martins composer, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Miles Davis Alton IL, jazz trumpeter/pioneered cool jazz (Porgy & Bess), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Alex McCowen, actor, is born.Ref: 68
1927*Jacques Bergerac Biarritz Pyrénées-Atlantiques France, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in the Sun), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Jack Kevorkian is born.Ref: 10
1929*Hugo Raes Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), is born.Ref: 5
1934 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar South African attorney/UDF-leader, is born.Ref: 5
1937*Yehuda Yannay composer, is born.Ref: 5
1938*Jackie Liebesit rocker (Can), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis] Toronto Ontario Canada, soprano (Salome), is born.Ref: 5
1938*William Elden Bolcom Seattle WA, composer (Oracles), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Brent Musburger sportscaster (CBS-TV), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Gerald Ronson English multi-millionaire, is born.Ref: 5
1939 Teresa Stratas is born.Ref: 10
1940*Levon Helm musician: drums, singer: groups: The Band, Hawks, Levon and the Hawks, Crackers, Canadian Squires, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Cliff Drysdale tennis: first president of the Association of Tennis Professionals [ATP: 1972-74]; ESPN commentator, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Imants Kalnins composer, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Chuck (Charles Oscar) Hartenstein ‘Twiggy’: baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, SL Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Levon Helm drummer/singer (Band), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Ray Ennis England, guitar (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Erica G Terpstra Olympic swimmer/Dutch MP (VVD), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Verden Allen musician: keyboards: group: Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes, Ballad of Mott, All the Way to Memphis, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Sam Posey auto racer; radio/TV race commentatorRef: 4
1945*Garry Peterson musician: drums: The Guess Who: These Eyes, Laughing, No Time, American Woman, Share the Land, Clap for the Wolfman, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Darrell (Wayne) Evans baseball: Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1973], SF Giants [all-star: 1983], Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1984], is born.Ref: 4
1947*Piers Gray critic/writer, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Sherry Bain Redlands CA, actress (Pipe Dreams), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Stevie [Stephanie Lynn] Nicks Phoenix AZ, rocker (Fleetwood Mac-Bella Donna), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Singer Hank Williams Jr. is born.Ref: 4
1949*Dan Pastorini NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Dayle Haddon Montréal Québec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Pam Grier Winston-Salem NC, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Philip Michael Thomas Columbus OH, actor (Miami Vice), is born.Ref: 5
1950*? first whooping crane hatched in captivity, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Sally Kristen Ride, Los Angeles CA, first US woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G), is born.Ref: 68
1951*Muhammed Ahmad Faris Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Candace L Collins Dupo IL, playmate (December 1979), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Barbara Stock Downers Grove IL, actress (Susan-Spenser For Hire), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Joe Penny actor (Jake & the Fatman), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Candace L Collins Dupo IL, playmate (December 1979), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Margaret Colin actress (Now and Again, Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Wayne Hussey musician: guitar, singer: group: The Mission: LPs Gods Own Medicine, The First Chapter, Salad Daze, Neverland, Ever After, is born.Ref: 4
1959*Beverly Lee rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Brian Peaker London Ontario, rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Nancy White-Brophy Montague Prince Edward Island, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Stephen Robert Pate Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Bob[cat] Goldthwait Syracuse NY, comedian (Police Academy, Scrooged), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Colin Vearncombe rocker (Black-Wonderful Like), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Genie Francis Englewood NJ, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Charles Van Eman Pittsburgh PA, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Eddie Martin Jr jockey, is born.Ref: 5
1964*Kevin Kennedy baseball manager (Texas Rangers), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Lenny Kravitz singer/guitar (911 is a Joke, Are You Gonna Go My Way?), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Greg Lloyd NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Jacqueline Mary Nelson Upper Hutt New Zealand, points race cyclist (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Helena Bonham Carter actress: Mighty Aphrodite, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Howard’s End, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Hamlet, A Room with a View, Lady Jane, is born.Ref: 4
1966*Anthony Edwards NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Billy Downes Camden NJ, Nike golfer (1994 New England Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Zola Budd Pieterse Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics-1988), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Igor Zemlyanoy hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Jean Bartholomew Queens NY, LPGA golfer (1989 Duke University Champion), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Frederik Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark, is born.Ref: 5
1968*Rachael Sporn Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Sam Mack NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Sebastian Barrie NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Darwin Ireland NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Lewis Capes WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Steven Rice Kitchener, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Christopher Lindsey Donaldson Dunedin New Zealand, 100 meter/200 meter runner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Travis Lee San Diego CA, baseball first baseman (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Benji Gregory Encino CA, actor (Brian Tanner-Alf), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Markus Wieland hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Scott Humphries Greely CO, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton), is born.Ref: 5
1990*Zenouska Mowatt granddaughter of English princess Alexandra, is born.Ref: 5
1996*Austin Michael Luciano actor (Dante Carlino-Another World)Ref: 5
604*Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, dies.Ref: 68
735*Beda Venerabilis English speaking church historian, dies at about 62.Ref: 5
1421*Mohammed I sultan of Turkey (1413-21), dies.Ref: 5
1512*Bajezid II Governor of Amasja/8th Sultan of Turkey, dies.Ref: 5
1595*Philippus Nerius [Filippo Neri] Italian merchant/saint, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1609*Cornelis Claesz mapmaker, buried.Ref: 5
1675*William Blackstone New World settler: first settler in what is now Boston, Massachusetts, and also, Rhode Island; Blackstone River in Rhode Island bears his name; dies.Ref: 4
1685*Karel monarch of Palts, dies.Ref: 5
1691*Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary's succession to the throne, is executed for treason.Ref: 2
1703*Samuel Pepys, English diarist and naval administrator, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1753*Willem Maurits Earl of Nassau/Governor of Zeeuws-Flanders, dies.Ref: 5
1762*Alexander Baumgarten, German philosopher and educator, dies at age 47.Ref: 70
1818*Michael A Barclay de Tolly Russian fieldmarshal/War Minister, dies.Ref: 5
1831*Georg Hermes German philosopher/theologist (Hermenianen), dies.Ref: 5
1832*François-Louis Perne composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1864*Ch Sealsfield writer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1868*Last public execution in England; Michael Barrett hanged outside Newgate Prison for bombing.Ref: 5
1871*Aime Maillart composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1876*Frantisek Palacky Czechoslovakia, historian/MP, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1880*John Curwen composer, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1883*Abd el-Kader Algerian sultan/religious ruler, dies at about 74.Ref: 5
1891*Frederick Bowen Jewson composer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1905*Alphonse de Rothschild French banker, dies.Ref: 5
1907*Ida McKinley (Saxton) First Lady: wife of 25th US President, William McKinley; dies.Ref: 5
1908*Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1912*Jan Blockx Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1914*Jacob Riis, reporter (New York Tribune, New York Evening Sun), dies.Ref: 17
1924*Johann Heinrich Beck composer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1924*Victor Herbert cellist, conductor: Pittsburgh Symphony; composer: operettas: Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta; songs: Ah Sweet Mystery of Life [At Last I’ve Found You]; dies at age 65.Ref: 4
1926*S V Petlura Ukrainain ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard.Ref: 5
1933*Jimmie (James Charles) Rodgers ‘The Blue Yodeler’: Country Music Hall of Famer: ‘T’ for Texas, Brakeman’s Blues, Blues Yodel , Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues; first country singer to be in a film: Singing Brakeman; member: Country Music Hall of Fame; dies at age 35.Ref: 4
1938*John Jacob Abel, American pharmacologist and physiological chemist, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1939*Charles H Mayo US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1939 Cornelis J Cutters supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies.Ref: 5
1943*At Auschwitz Concentration Camp 1,042 Gypsies executed in gas chamber after typhoid breaks out.Ref: 10
1943*Edsel Ford owner (Ford Motor Company), dies at 49.Ref: 68
1946*Joseph Medill Patterson, American journalist and publisher, dies at age 67.Ref: 70
1946*Friedrich A H von Waldeck monarch of Waldeck, dies.Ref: 5
1950*Antonina Neshdanova Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies.Ref: 5
1951*Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer, engineer and scientist, dies at age 71,Ref: 70
1952*Dámaso Alonso Spanish linguistic/poet (Hombrey Dios), dies at 55.Ref: 5
1953*Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die.Ref: 5
1954*Franz Pfemfert writer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1955*Alberto Ascari, Italian automobile racing driver, dies at age 36.Ref: 70
1956*Aircraft carrier "Bennington" burns off Rhode Island, killing 103.Ref: 5
1956*Al Simmons Outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting average of .334, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1958*Francis Carco(pino) French author/critic (L'homme traqué), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1959*Ed Walsh baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1959*Joe Kelly TV host (Quiz Kids), dies at 57.Ref: 5
1963*Sharon Lynn actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1966*Buddhist sets self on fire at US consulate in Hué South-Vietnam.Ref: 5
1966*Don Castle actor (Motor Patrol, Born to Speed), dies at 47.Ref: 5
1966*Neal Dodd actor (Only Women, You Belong to Me), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1967 Antoon Spinoy Belgian politician, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1967*George E Stone actor (5 Star Final, Front Page), dies at 64.Ref: 5
1968*William E "Little Willie" John US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30).Ref: 5
1969*Kathryn Minner entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77.Ref: 5
1971*John Longden actor (Man From Interpol), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1973*Jacques Lipchitz, Russian-born French cubist sculptor, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1974*Stewart Alsop, syndicated columnist [w/brother Joseph]: Matter of Fact; journalist: New York Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Washington Editor of Saturday Evening Post; writer: The Center: The Anatomy of Power in Washington, Stay of Execution : A Sort of Memoir; dies at age 60.Ref: 70
1974*Kitty Gordon entertainer, dies at 96.Ref: 5
1976*Martin Heidegger, German philosopher, dies at age 86.Ref: 70
1977*Jim Boles actor (Kraft Music Hall, One Man's Family), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1977*William Powell rocker (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35.Ref: 5
1978*Tamara Karsavina, Russian-English ballerina, dies at age 93.Ref: 70
1978*Jorge Icaza, Ecuadorian novelist and playwright, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1979*George Brent actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1981*A Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida, killing 14 people.Ref: 70
1984*Tulsa OK gets 13" of rain, 14 die.Ref: 5
1985*Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die.Ref: 5
1987*Arthur M. Sackler, American physician, publisher and art collector, dies at age 73.Ref: 70
1991*A Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashes in Thailand killing all 223 people aboard. (XDG, p 4A, 5/26/2000)Ref: 83
1991*Tom Cassidy anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41.Ref: 5
1991*Tom Eyen playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50.Ref: 5
1992*Danny Biasone basketball innovator (24-second clock), dies at age 83 in Syracuse NY. (TWA, 1993)Ref: 95
1993*Carleton Morse radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91.Ref: 5
1993*Cor de Great pianist/conductor/composer (Vernissage), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1993*Marvin Young producer/child actor (Player), dies at 90.Ref: 5
1994*Clay Shrout, 17, high school senior from Union KY killed his parents and two younger sisters; took a class hostage at Ryle High School. 
1994 George Wildman Ball under minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1994*Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock US free-jazz Guitarist, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1995*Isadore "Friz" Freling cartoon director (Sylvester), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1995*Ron Weatherburn jazz pianist, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1995*Severn Darden comedian (Second City), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1996*Halka Grossman resistance fighter/politician, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1996*Matima Kinuani Mpiosso musician, dies at 45.Ref: 5
1997*Manfred Von Ardenne German scientific pioneer, dies at 90Ref: 5
1999*Waldo Semon, inventor of vinyl, dies at age 100. (Discover Magazine, August 1999, p 18) 
2000*Lake Worth, FL. One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School by Nate Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.Ref: 88
2000*Samuel A. (Albert) Taylor playwright: Sabrina [1954], Vertigo, Three on a Couch, Topaz, Sabrina [1995]; dies.Ref: 4
2002*Barges being pushed by a towboat crashed into the piers of the Interstate 40 bridge in Oklahoma, causing part of the structure to fall into the Arkansas River; 14 people were killed.Ref: 70

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