Today in history
Today in history
Today is Wednesday, May 26, the 146th day of 2021. There are 219 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On May 26, 1940, Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of some 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.
To this date:
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the Montana Territory.
In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress.
In 1954, explosions rocked the aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 sailors. (The initial explosion was attributed to a liquid leaking from a catapult ignited by jet flames.)
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The United States withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)
In 1977, George Willig climbed the exterior of the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center; he was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.
In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley married in the Dominican Republic. (The marriage ended in 1996.)
In 1998, the United States Supreme Court made it much more difficult for police to be chased by injured people in high speed chases. The Supreme Court also ruled that Ellis Island, a historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is primarily in New Jersey, not New York.
In 2004, nearly a decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols was convicted of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the attack. (Nichols subsequently received 161 consecutive life sentences.)
In 2005, President George W. Bush received Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House; Bush called Abbas a courageous democratic reformer and bolstered his reputation at home with $ 50 million in aid.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Federal Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8’s same-sex marriage ban, but said the 18,000 same-sex marriages that took place before the ban passed were still valid.
In 2015, challenging left-wing Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially launched her Democratic presidential bid in Burlington, Vermont, calling on the Liberals to join him in a “ political revolution ” to transform the country’s economy and politics.
Ten years ago: Congress passed a four-year post-September extension. 11 powers contained in the Patriot Act to search for records and conduct roaming wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists; President Barack Obama in France signed the measure using an automatic opening machine minutes before the provisions expired at midnight. Ratko Mladic (RAHT’-koh MLAH’-dich), the brutal Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, was arrested after a 16-year manhunt. (Mladic was extradited to stand trial in The Hague, Netherlands.)
Five years ago: President Barack Obama, visiting Japan, said foreign leaders had been ‘shaken’ by Donald Trump and had good reason to believe so, as he accused the presumptive Republican candidate for the presidency to ignore world affairs. First Lady Michelle Obama told graduates of a Native American high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico to be proud of their history and cultures at a time when she said the “ loudest voices in the national conversation ” suggested turning away from the tribal values that were part of their upbringing.
A year ago: Minneapolis Police released a statement saying George Floyd had died after a “medical incident,” and had physically resisted officers and appeared to be in medical distress; minutes after the statement was released, a spectator video was uploaded. Protests against Floyd’s death have begun, with tense skirmishes between protesters and Minneapolis police. Four police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been fired.
Today’s Birthdays: Sports presenter Brent Musberger turns 82. Rock musician Garry Peterson (Guess Who) is 76 years old. Singer Stevie Nicks is 73 years old. Actor Pam Grier is 72 years old. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 72 years old. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 72 years old. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is 72 years old. Actor Margaret Colin is 63 years old. Country singer-songwriter Dave Robbins is 62 years old. Actor Doug Hutchison is 61 years old. Actor Genie Francis is 59 years old. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 59 years old. Singer-actor Lenny Kravitz is 57 years old. Helena Bonham Carter is 55 years old. Long-distance runner Zola Budd is 55 years old. Rock musician Phillip Rhodes is 53 years old. Actor Joseph Fiennes (FYNZ) is 51 years old. Singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) is 50 years old. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 50 years old. Lauryn Hill is 46 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Nathan Cochran is 43 years old. Actor Elisabeth Harnois is 42 years old. Actor Hrach Titizian is 42 years old.