Today in History - May 26

451 - The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire

961 - German King Otto II crowned

1596 - England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain

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

1781 - Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia

1790 - Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress

1805 - Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains

1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy

1824 - Brazil is recognized by US

1831 - The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka

1834 - Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates

1864 - Battle of Dallas

1864 - Territory of Montana formed

1887 - Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state


1896 - 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY


1896 - Last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned

1906 - Archaeological Institute of America forms

1906 - Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London

1913 - US Actors' Equity Association forms (NYC)

1913 - Emily Duncan becomes Great Britain's first woman magistrate

1918 - Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia

1918 - Battle of Sardarapat: Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army

1923 - 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run



1937 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens

1940 - 1st successful helicopter flight in US - vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky

1943 - Edwin Barclay of Liberia becomes 1st president of a black country to visit US

1945 - US drop fire bombs on Tokyo

1946 - Patent filed in US for H-Bomb

1958 - Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark

1961 - USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours

1963 - Organization of African Unity forms

1966 - Guyana declares independence from UK

1969 - Apollo 10 returns to Earth

1973 - Bahrain adopts its constitution

1978 - 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City

1983 - NASA launches Exosat

1989 - Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage

1993 - 1st UEFA Champions League Final - Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich

2002 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars

2002 - Ãlvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia

2014 - Narendra Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India


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