Famous Events on this Day in History, May 26:451 - 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.
961 - German King Otto II crowned
1328 - William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII
1538 - Geneve throws out Calvijn
1538 - Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
1596 - England, France & Netherlands signs Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
1637 - 1st battle of Pequot at New Haven Ct kills 500 indians
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.
1736 - Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French
1770 - The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.
1781 - Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia
1790 - Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress
1798 - British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
1805 - Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains
1805 - Napoleon is crowned king of Italy
1824 - Brazil is recognized by US
1828 - Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
1834 - Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates
1860 - Garibaldi occupies Palermo Italy
1861 - Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South
1861 - Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL
1864 - -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
1864 - Territory of Montana formed
1865 - Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith
1868 - President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
1869 - Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1874 - 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
1876 - HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
1883 - 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
1884 - Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours
1887 - Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state
1894 - Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player
1894 - Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
1896 - 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY
1896 - Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
1896 - Last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
1896 - James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
1898 - 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32
1898 - SF approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utilities
1900 - British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
1903 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 3 Gables" (BG)
1905 - A pogrom against Jews in Minsk Belorussia
1906 - Archaeological Institute of America forms
1906 - Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
1907 - Chic White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
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.
1911 - 1st Indianapolis 500 auto race is run
1913 - Actors' Equity Association forms (NYC)
1913 - Emily Duncan becomes Great Britain's first woman magistrate.
1915 - H H Asquith forms a coalition government in England
1917 - Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
1918 - Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia
1918 - Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
1922 - Lenin suffers a stroke
1923 - 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run
1923 - Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg
1924 - German govt of Marx resigns
1924 - Pres Coolidge signs Immigration law: restricting immigration
1925 - Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery
1925 - Tigers' Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)
1926 - Lebanon adopts constitution
1927 - Ford Motor Company manufactures its 15 millionth Model T automobile
1928 - A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4
1930 - Joe Sewell, strikes out twice of his 3 times in 1930, by Pat Caraway
1930 - Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
1932 - Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo
1933 - 2nd emergency Dutch govt of Colijn forms
1933 - Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards
1934 - Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
1936 - 1st govt of Zealand in Belgium ends
1937 - Dutch Rail NV at law forms
1937 - San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge opens
1938 - House on un-American Activities forms
1940 - Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
1941 - American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila
1941 - Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck
1941 - German occupiers begin youth labor
1942 - Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
1942 - Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star
1942 - Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: African corps vs British army
1943 - 1st president of a black country to visit US (Edwin Barclay, Liberia)
1943 - Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam
1943 - Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly from US to North Africa
1944 - 82nd Airborne div D-day-landing at La Haye du Puits to Ste Mere Eglise
1945 - US drop fire bombs on Tokyo
1946 - 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
1946 - Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
1946 - Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
1946 - Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
1948 - Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
1948 - South Africa elects a nationalist govt with apartheid policy
1951 - Vaughan Williams "Pilgrim's Progress," premieres in London
1953 - Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
1955 - "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
1955 - Conservatives win British parliamentary election
1955 - Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade
1956 - Aircraft carrier "Bennington" burns off RI, killing 103
1956 - Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1
1957 - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
1958 - Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
1958 - US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1958 - Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark
1959 - Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
1961 - Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
1961 - USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
1962 - "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 perfs
1963 - 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth
1963 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1963 - Organization of African Unity forms
1963 - Wes Stock becomes only Balt Oriole to win a doubleheader
1964 - "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 perfs
1965 - Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes
1965 - Revised Intl Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect
1966 - Buddhist sets self on fire at US consulate in Hué South-Vietnam
1966 - Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
1967 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1969 - Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth
1969 - John & Yoko begin their 2nd bed-in (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)
1970 - The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
1971 - Soviet Union's Concorde, TU-144, makes its 1st appearance
1972 - Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1972 - Nixon & Brezhnev signs SALT accord
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1972 - The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
1973 - Bahrain adopts it's constitution
1973 - Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970," album goes #1
1973 - Chic White Sox beat Cleve Indians, 6-3, in 21 inn (game complete 5/28)
1973 - Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
1973 - Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
1973 - Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata, premieres
1974 - During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled
1974 - Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic
1975 - Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
1977 - George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center
1978 - 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
1979 - Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
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
1980 - Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
1981 - Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14
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).
1982 - Aston Villa wins 27th Europe Cup 1 of Rotterdam
1982 - British ship Atlantic Conveyor & Coventry were hit in Falkland war
1983 - 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
1983 - 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
1984 - Floods kill 14 in Tulsa Okla
1984 - Frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia
1984 - Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die
1985 - Danny Sullivan wins Indy 500 by 24 seconds following a spin
1985 - Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die
1985 - Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1987 - Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
1987 - Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
1987 - Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
1987 - William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA
1988 - Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
1989 - At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio
1989 - Danish parliament allows legal marriage among homosexuals
1989 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1990 - China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1990 - Phila Phillies retire Mike Schmidt's uniform #20
1991 - Betsy King wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1992 - Carlos Martinez hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a HR
1992 - Weird Al Yankovic begins his Off The Deep End tour
1993 - Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time
1993 - Olympique Marseille wins 38th Europe Cup I at Munich
1993 - Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a home run
1994 - Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26)
1996 - "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 perfs
1996 - Indianapolis 500 race
1996 - Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
1996 - Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1997 - Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs
1998 - Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs Pres 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.
2002 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
2002 - Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
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.
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.
2006 - The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.