Today in History: May 26

Today in History: May 26

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0017

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

A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.

1961

The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.

1969

Apollo 10 returns to Earth.

1977

The movie Star Wars debuts.