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This Day in History for May 26

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

1887 – Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY State.

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

1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration.

1927 – Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (15th million) Model T Ford/Tin Lizzie.

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

1940 – 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky.

1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb.

1956 – A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew.

1959 – Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th.

1969 – Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth.

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 Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war.

1990 – Philadelphia Phillies retire future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt’s uniform #20.

2004 – The New York Times publishes admission of jounalistic failings, claims its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism during buildup to 2003 Iraq War helped promote belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

2014 – World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone.

2019 – Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: American Ken Tanigawa wins his first career major title by 1 stroke ahead of Scott McCarron.

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