THIS DAY IN HISTORY 26/05


This Day in History 26/05

MAY 26TH

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1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy

1824 – Brazil is recognized by US

1896 – Last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned

1908 – At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) 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.

1918 – Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia

1926 – Lebanon adopts constitution

1948 – South Africa elects a nationalist government under D.F. Malan with an apartheid policy

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1907 – John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], Winterset IA, actor (Green Berets, True Grit)

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1913 – Peter Cushing, England, actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who)

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1915 – Antonia Forest, British children’s author (d. 2003)

1926 – Miles Davis, Alton, Illinois, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (d. 1991)

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1935 – Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress

1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor

1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American musician

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1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, London, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End)

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1975 – Lauryn Hill, South Orange New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1421 – Mehmed I, Ottoman Sultan (1413-21). B. 1389.

1512 – Bayezid II, Ottoman Sultan (1481-1512) dies at 62

1814 – Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, officially named the Guillotine (b. 1789)

1908 – Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69

1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, country singer, dies at 35

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2005 – Eddie Albert, American actor (b. 1906)

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2006 – Édouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin (b. 1963)

2011 – Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)

2013 – Jack Vance, American science fiction author, dies

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