Today in History – May 26

1783 – A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrated the end of fighting in the American Revolution.

1805 – Lewis and Clark first sighted the Rocky Mountains.

1857 – Dred Scott was emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.

1868 – The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal by one vote.

1896 – Nicholas II became the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.

1897 – Dracula, a Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, was published.

1897 – The original manuscript of William Bradford’s history, “Of Plymouth Plantation” was returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.

1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually in June.

1927 – The last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.

1937 – Walter Reuther and members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) clashed with Ford Motor Company security guards at the River Rouge Complex complex in Dearborn, Michigan, during the Battle of the Overpass.

1940 – First successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky.

1942 – Belgium Jews were required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star.

1946 -US Patent filed for a hydrogen bomb.

1966 – A Buddhist set himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam.

1967 – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.

1968 – H-dagurinn in Iceland: Traffic changed from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.

1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their second bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal).

1973 – The Beatles’ “Beatles 1967-1970” album went to #1.

1975 – “Rhinestone Cowboy” single wasvreleased by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975).

1977 – George Willig climbed the South Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center.  He was fined 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed.

1993 – In Major League Baseball, Carlos Martinez famously hit a ball off Jose Canseco’s head for a home run.

1998 – The first “National Sorry Day” was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.

2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

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