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5/26/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 26

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Today in History in 1805 Lewis & Clark first sighted the Rocky Mountains; in 1907 actor John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison] was born; in 1923 actor James Arness (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke) was born; and in 1951 Sally Kristen Ride the first US woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G), was born in Los Angeles, California.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1805 - Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains
  • 1868 - President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
  • 1896 - Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
  • 1896 - Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
  • 1908 - At Masjed Soleyman, in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.
  • 1927 - Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie
  • 1940 - 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky
  • 1941 - American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Philadelphia
  • 1948 - South Africa elects a nationalist government under D.F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • 1993 - Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a home run
  • 2002 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
  • 2004 - The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2012 - Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1877 - Isadora Duncan, San Franciso, American free form/interpretative dancer
  • 1883 - Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)
  • 1886 - Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)
  • 1907 - John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], Winterset IA, actor (Green Berets, True Grit)
  • 1913 - Peter Cushing, England, actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who)
  • 1920 - Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1923 - James Arness, Minneapolis MN, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing)
  • 1926 - Miles Davis, Alton, Illinois, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (d. 1991)
  • 1949 - Hank Williams Jr, Shreveport La, country singer (Honky Tonk)
  • 1949 - Pam Grier, Winston-Salem NC, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough)
  • 1951 - Sally Kristen Ride, 1st US woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1964 - Lenny Kravitz, American musician
  • 1966 - Helena Bonham Carter, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End), born in London, England
  • 1975 - Lauryn Hill, South Orange New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

Famous Weddings

  • 1910 - US General George S. Patton (24) weds Frederick Ayer's daughter Beatrice Ayer at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church near Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1973 - Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)
  • 1984 - Actress Annette Bening (25) weds J. Steven White
  • 1994 - Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1995 - US Secretary of State John Kerry (51) weds philanthropist Teresa Heinz (56) in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • 1996 - "Seinfield" actor-comedian Wayne Knight (41) weds makeup artist Paula Sutor (44) in Pacific Palisades, California
  • 2006 - Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne
  • 2013 - "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul (33) weds Lauren Parsekian at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California
  • 2013 - Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados

Famous Deaths

  • 1933 - Jimmie Rodgers, country singer, dies at 35
  • 1943 - Edsel Ford, owner (Ford Motor Company), dies at 49
  • 2005 - Eddie Albert, American actor (Roman Holiday), dies of pneumonia at 99
  • 2008 - Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2010 - Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality (b. 1912)

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