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Thursday, May 26, 2011

War crimes fugitive, former Chief of Staff of the Army of the Republika Srpska and former Colonel General Ratko Mladić has been arrested in Serbia. //www.palmbeachpost.com/news/world/media-reports-man-suspected-to-be-war-crimes-1498833.html (AP via "Palm Beach Post"), //www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1546476/Serbia-arrests-man-believed-to-be-Mladic (SBS News), //www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/serbia/8537878/Ratko-Mladic-war-crimes-fugitive-arrested-in-Serbia.html ("The Telegraph")
Former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladić, wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, is arrested in Serbia.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

General Secretary Hu Jintao of the Communist Party in the People's Republic of China and Nationalist Party Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung in Taiwan meet in Beijing to discuss cross-Strait relations. //news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-05/26/content_11438537.htm (Xinhua)

Monday, May 26, 2008

The BJP wins a plurality in elections in the Indian state of Karnataka. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7419782.stm (BBC News)
Embattled Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Bernier resigns after admitting to having left confidential documents unsecured in a private home. //www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/26/harper.html (CBC)

Monday, May 26, 2003

In the city of Munich (Germany), the SPD and Greens, who have a city hall majority, decide in separate meetings to migrate 14,000 city-owned Windows NT PC workstations to the SUSE Linux operating system. In spite of personal meetings with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and substantial rebates offered on a Microsoft solution, Munich now becomes the largest German city to migrate all of its client PCs to Linux. As an office suite, OpenOffice.org will be used.//www.heise.de/newsticker/data/anw-26.05.03-004/ heise online – Münchener Rathaus-SPD entscheidet sich für Linux Update#93!
A draft of the proposed European Constitution is unveiled.
A draft of the proposed European constitution is unveiled.

Sunday, May 26, 2002

Space exploration: The BBC reports that the NASA space probe Mars Odyssey has found signs of huge ice deposits on the planet Mars.

Saturday, May 26, 2001

Died: Moven Enock Mahachi, politician, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe dies.

Tuesday, May 26, 1998

Bear Grylls, 23, becomes the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest.//news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6666889.stm BBC NEWS | UK | Flying over the top of the world

Tuesday, May 26, 1992

Charles Geschke, President of Adobe Systems, is kidnapped from his company parking lot. The kidnappers demand $650,000 ransom they are later apprehended.

Sunday, May 26, 1991

In Thailand, a Lauda AirBoeing 767 crashes near Bangkok, killing all 223 people on board.

Thursday, May 26, 1983

A powerful earthquake and tsunami in northern Honshū, Japan kills 104 and injures 163.

Tuesday, May 26, 1981

The Italian government resigns over its links to the fascist Masonic cell Propaganda Due.

Friday, May 26, 1978

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.

Thursday, May 26, 1977

Elizabeth II opens the new Air Terminal Building at the Edinburgh Airport.
George Willig climbs the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
The 1977 Aeroflot Ilyushin 62 airplane crash in Cuba kills 69 people.

Tuesday, May 26, 1970

The SovietTupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

Monday, May 26, 1969

Guided tours begin at the Kremlin and other government sites in Moscow.
June 2 ndash John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.
"Cordobazo": A general strike and civil unrest break out in Córdoba, Argentina.

Thursday, May 26, 1966

The Indonesian and Malaysian governments declare that the Indonesian Confrontation is over (a treaty is signed on August 11).
Fidel Castro declares martial law in Cuba because of a possible U.S. attack.
Guyana achieves independence.

Tuesday, May 26, 1964

Nelson Rockefeller defeats Barry Goldwater in the Oregon Republican primary, slowing but not stalling Goldwater's drive toward the nomination.

Saturday, May 26, 1962

Acker Bilk's Stranger On The Shore becomes the first British recording to reach number one in the US Billboard Hot 100.

Wednesday, May 26, 1954

Creation and first meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
Robert Menzies's government is re-elected for a 4th term in Australia.
A fire aboard the United States aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Narragansett Bay kills 103 crewmen.

Wednesday, May 26, 1948

The U.S. Congress passes "Public Law 557", which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

Sunday, May 26, 1946

Czechoslovak parliamentary election, with Communist victory (38%), last before communist take power

Tuesday, May 26, 1942

WWII Anglo-Soviet Treaty of 1942 to help establish military and political alliance between the USSR and the British Empire is signed in London by foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and by Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov.
WWII ndash Battle of Bir Hakeim: The Free French and British troops slow the German advance in North Africa.

Monday, May 26, 1941

WWII: In the North Atlantic, Fairey Swordfish aircraft from the carrier HMS \'\'Ark Royal\'\' cripple the steering of ''Bismarck'' in an aerial torpedo attack.
WWII: In the North Atlantic, Fairey Swordfish aircraft from the carrier HMS "Ark Royal" cripple the steering of "Bismarck" in an aerial torpedo attack.
WWII: President Roosevelt proclaims an unlimited national emergency.
WWII:"Bismarck" is sunk in the North Atlantic, killing 2,300.
WWII:''Bismarck'' is sunk in the North Atlantic, killing 2,300.

Friday, May 26, 1933

New Deal: The Federal Securities Act is signed into law, requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
Walt Disney's classic "Silly Symphony" cartoon "The Three Little Pigs" is first released.
The Nazi Party in Germany introduces a law to legalize eugenicsterilization.
The "Century of Progress" World's Fair opens in Chicago.

Wednesday, May 26, 1926

The Rifkabyl rebels surrender in Morocco.

Saturday, May 26, 1923

The first 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race is held, and is won by André Lagache and René Léonard.

Wednesday, May 26, 1920

Anti-Soviet opposition in the Azerbaijan SSR launches an abortive revolt in Ganja.

Sunday, May 26, 1918

The Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic is abolished. Georgia declares its independence as the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

Saturday, May 26, 1917

A tornado strikes Mattoon, Illinois, causing devastation and killing 101 people.

Wednesday, May 26, 1897

"Dracula", a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, is published.

Tuesday, May 26, 1896

Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Monday, May 26, 1879

Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak, establishing an Afghan state.

Wednesday, May 26, 1869

Tuesday, May 26, 1868

Fenian bomber Michael Barrett becomes the last person publicly hanged in the United Kingdom.

Saturday, May 26, 1866

First Production of Cox and Box by Francis Burnand and Arthur Sullivan at Moray Lodge, Kensington

Tuesday, May 26, 1863

Thursday, May 26, 1859

June 2 ndash Geologist Joseph Prestwich and amateur archaeologist John Evans report (to the Royal Society and Society of Antiquaries of London, respectively) the results of their investigations of gravel-pits in the Somme valley and elsewhere, extending human history back to what will become known as the Paleolithic Era.

Saturday, May 26, 1838

USA: The people of the Cherokee Nation are forcibly relocated during the Trail of Tears.

Monday, May 26, 1828

Feral child: Kaspar Hauser is discovered in Nuremberg, Germany.

Sunday, May 26, 1822

116 people die in the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway's history.

Saturday, May 26, 1821

Establishment of the Peloponnesian Senate by the Greek rebels.

Monday, May 26, 1783

Saturday, May 26, 1736

Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw Native Americans defeat French troops.

Tuesday, May 26, 1716

Two regular companies of field artillery, each 100 men strong, are raised at Woolwich by Royal Warrant of King George I of Great Britain.

Saturday, May 26, 1703

Portugal joins the Grand Alliance.
June ndash The completed Icelandic census of 1703 is presented in the Althing.

Tuesday, May 26, 1676

A fire destroys the Town Hall and 624 houses in Southwark in England.

Monday, May 26, 1670

In Dover, Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France sign the Secret Treaty of Dover ending hostilities between their kingdoms. Louis XIV will give Charles 200,000 pounds annually. In return Charles will relax the laws against Catholics, gradually re-Catholicize England, support French policy against the Dutch and convert to Catholicism himself.
August ndash Spanish frigates attack Charleston, South Carolina.

Tuesday, May 26, 1637

Pe War: A band of English settlers under Captain John Mason, and their Narragansett and Mohegan allies, set fire to a fortified Pe village near the Mystic River in what is later known as the Mystic massacre. Between 400 to 700 people, mostly women and children and old men, are killed.
May ndash Chinese encyclopedist, Song Yingxing, publishes his "Tiangong Kaiwu" ("Exploitation of the Works of Nature"), considered one of the most valuable encyclopedias of classical China.

Saturday, May 16, 1562 (Julianian calendar)

Earl of Tyrone leads a second rebellion in Ireland.

Sunday, May 16, 1518 (Julianian calendar)

July – Dancing Plague of 1518, a case of dancing mania in Strasbourg in which many people died from constant dancing.
A Transit of Venus occurs.

Sunday, May 17, 1495 (Julianian calendar)

A Spanish army under Gonzalo de Córdoba lands in Calabria with the purpose of ousting the French and restoring Ferdinand II of Naples to the throne.

Saturday, May 17, 1421 (Julianian calendar)

Mehmed I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, dies and is succeeded by his son Murad II.

Wednesday, May 18, 1390 (Julianian calendar)

Treaty of Königsberg signed in Königsberg during the Lithuanian Civil War between Samogitian nobles and representatives of the Teutonic Knights.

Wednesday, May 18, 1328 (Julianian calendar)

William of Ockham secretly leaves Avignon under threat from Pope John XXII.

Tuesday, May 19, 1293 (Julianian calendar)

The HinduMajapahit Empire of the Malay archipelago is founded by Kertarajasa, it benefits from internal conflict and Mongol intervention to defeat the Singhasari kingdom and establish the empire.
An earthquake in Kamakura, Japan kills an estimated 30,000.
Khubilai sends a fleet to the islands of Southeast Asia, including Java.
Dante Alighieri completes the book of verse "La Vita Nuova".
Enactment of the Ordinances of Justice in the Commune of Florence.
Torkel Knutsson leads Sweden in beginning the Third Swedish Crusade against unchristianized Finnish Karelia.
The Japanese eraShōō ends, and the Einin era begins.
The Isle of Wight is sold to King Edward I by Countess Isabella De Fortibus for six thousand marks.

Wednesday, May 19, 1249 (Julianian calendar)

The Moors lose possession of Alicante in Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain).
The Battle of Fossalta is fought between the Holy Roman Empire and the Lombard League. The Lombards capture the German commander.
University College, the first College at Oxford, is founded with money gifted from the estate of William of Durham.
Jean Mouflet makes an agreement with the abbot of Saint-Pierre-le-Vif in the Senonais region in France: in return for an annual payment, the monastery will recognize Jean as a citizen of Sens. He is a leathermerchant, has a leather shop that he leases for the rent of 50 shillings a year. The agreement is witnessed by Jean's wife, Douce, daughter of a wealthy and prominent citizen of Sens, Felis Charpentier.
Roger Bacon publishes a major scientific work, including writings of convex lensspectacles for treating long-sightedness and the first publication of the formula for gunpowder in the western world.
King Afonso III of Portugal recaptures Faro and Silves in the Algarve from the Moors, thus ending the Portuguese Reconquista.ref name=picard2000
The city of Mystras, Greece is fortified and a palace is constructed there by William II Villehardouin.

Tuesday, May 19, 1220 (Julianian calendar)

German Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor grants bishops sovereign rights
May ndash St. Francis of Assisi resigns from the leadership of the Franciscan Order.

Sunday, May 19, 1135 (Julianian calendar)

Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in the Cathedral of Leon as Imperator totius Hispaniae, Emperor of All the Spains.

Friday, May 20, 1093 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of the Stugna River: The Polovtsy defeat the princes of Kievan Rus.

Sunday, May 22, 869 (Julianian calendar)

An earthquake and tsunami devastate a large part of the Sanriku coast near Sendai, Japan.
The Zanj (Black slaves from East Africa), provoked by mercilessly harsh labor conditions in the salt flats and on the sugar and cotton plantations of southwestern Persia, revolt.
Charles the Bald tries to take the kingdom of Lothair II of Lotharingia after the latter's death, but is resisted by Louis the German.
Stela 11, the last monument ever erected at Tikal, was dedicated by Jasaw Chan K\'awiil II.
Western Emperor Louis II allies with eastern Emperor Basil I against the Saracens.
The Fourth Council of Constantinople (Roman Catholic) (October 5 869–February 28 870) is called to decide action regarding Patriarch Photius of Constantinople. This council is now recognised as Ecumenical by the Catholic Church but rejected by the Eastern Churches. The council of 879-880 rejected the decisions of this council.
Repairs are made in Hagia Sophia.

Friday, May 25, 451 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Vartanantz: King Yazdegerd II defeats the Armenian army (66,000 men) under their rebel leader Vartan Mamikonian on the Avarayr Plain (Armenia). Despite the loss of Mamikonian who is killed, the Armenians consider this battle to have been a moral and religious victory, since Yazdegerd, out of respect for their efforts, allows them to remain Christian. The anniversary is a national and religious holiday.
Yazdegerd II issues an decree to abolishes the Shabbat and orders the execution of Jewish leaders, including the Exilarch.

Friday, May 28, 17 (Julianian calendar)

Tacfarinas, Numidian deserter from the Roman army,ref name=ref1Tacitus, The Annals 2.52 begins a guerrilla war against the Romans. He leads his own Musulamii tribe and a coalition of Berbers, attacking the "Limes Tripolitanus" a fortified zone (Limes) of the Roman Empire in Africa.
Maroboduus, king of the Marcomanni, is defeated by Arminius and his Germanic tribes.
Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, builds on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, the city Tiberias in honor of Tiberius.
Germanicus returns to Rome as conquering hero, he celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti and other German tribes west of the Elbe.Tacitus, The Annals 2.41
Beginning of a civil war in Germania.
An earthquake in Anatolia destroys the city of Sardis and damages several other cities.Tacitus, The Annals 2.47
Emperor Tiberius sends Germanicus to the east in order to lead a military caign against Parthia.
Publication of the Ab Urbe condita (History of Rome Since its Foundation) in 142 volumes by Livy.
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