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This Day in History for May 26

This Day In History1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South.

1868 – US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote.

1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs law restricting immigration.

1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)

1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution.

1938 – US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms.

1941 – American Flag House (Betsy Ross’ Home) given to city of Philadelphia.

1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb.

1958 – A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew.

1963 – 15th Emmy Awards: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win.

1967 – EMI releases “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Club Band” a few days early in the UK; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK.

1972 – US President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord.

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

1978 – 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City.

1984 – US President Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war.

1987 – US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail.

1998 – Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton.

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

2013 – Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181.

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