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Today in History: May 26

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Today in History
May 26

17   Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans.
1328   William of Ockham is forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
1647   A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.
1670   Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France.
1691   Jacob Leisler, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s succession to the throne, is executed for treason.
1736   British and Chickasaw forces defeat the French at the Battle of Ackia.
1831   The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka.
1835   A resolution is passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
1864   The territory of Montana is organized.
1865   The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1868   President Andrew Johnson is acquitted of all charges of impeachment.
1896   The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
1938   The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
1940   The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins.
1946   A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb.
1958   Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.
1961   The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.
1961   A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
1969   Apollo 10 returns to Earth.
Born on May 26
1667   Abraham De Moivre, mathematician.
1835   Edward Porter Alexander, artillery general during the American Civil War.
1883   Mamie Smith, blues singer.
1886   Al Jolson, jazz singer and film actor.
1895   Dorothea Lange, documentary photographer.
1903   Estes Kefauver, Tennessee senator.
1907   John Wayne [Marion Michael Morrison], American actor and film icon.
1919   Jay Silverheels, actor (The Lone Ranger).
1920   Peggy Lee, jazz singer.
1923   James Arness, actor (Gunsmoke).
1951   Sally Ride, astronaut, the first American woman in space.