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26 May, 1940 - France The Dunkirk Evacuation
26th May, 1940 : The Dunkirk evacuation begins "Operation Dynamo" was launched for the evacuation of British, French and Belgian soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France, they were rescued by a flotilla of any and every craft that could make the channel crossing which included fishing boats, pleasure craft and The Royal Navy and the new British Spitfire fighters helped provide air cover. The evacuation ended on June 4th.
 
 
26 May, 1830 - U.S.A. Indian Removal Act
26th May, 1830 : The Removal Act signed into law by President Andrew Jackson in 1830. The act paved the way for the reluctant—and often forcible—emigration of tens of thousands of American Indians to the West.
 
 
26 May, 1896 - U.S.A. Dow Jones
26th May, 1896 : The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The average price of the 12 initial stocks was 40.94
General Electric The only company still in existence and trading under original name.
American Cotton Oil Company, now part of Unilever
American Sugar Company, now Amstar Holdings
American Tobacco Company, Broken Up
Chicago Gas Company, now part of Integrys Energy Group, Inc.
Distilling & Cattle Feeding Company, now part of Lyondell Chemical Company
Laclede Gas Light Company, still in operation as The Laclede Group
National Lead Company, now NL Industries
North American Company, Broken Up
Tennessee Coal part of U.S. Steel
U.S. Leather Company Gone
United States Rubber Company part of Michelin
 
 
26 May, 1896 - Russia Nicholas II
26th May, 1896 : Following the death of his father Czar Alexander III in 1894, the last Czar of Russia Nicholas II is crowned ruler of Russia, In 1917, the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seize power from Czar Nicholas II and set about establishing the world's first communist state.
 
 
 
26 May, 1897 - England Dracula
26th May, 1897 : The vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, goes on sale in London bookshops.
 
 
26 May, 1930 - U.S.A. Banks Closing
26th May, 1930 : The Reynoldsburg State Bank in Columbus Ohio closed its doors as a result of frozen assets. This was just 1 news story that we found for a bank closing it's doors in 1930 but was being repeated throughout the country with thousands of small banks after the stock market collapse the previous year.
 
 
26 May, 1948 - South Africa Apartheid
26th May, 1948 : The National Party of the Dutch Afrikaners headed by Daniel François Malan who had been campaigning on the policy of implementing full scale apartheid came to power and begin the policy of apartheid.
 
 
26 May, 1948 - U.S.A. Public Housing Building Program
26th May, 1948 : A major bill is before congress to provide additional Public Housing from federal funding , currently there are major problems and many of the homes built to put a roof over the head of poorer families are being rented to affluent single bachelors . So many of these projects that were designed to help the most needy are now in the hands of some of those who are in the high income bracket of $4,000 to $6,000 per year and a full reform is needed including the administration of these projects.
 
 
26 May, 1950 - Germany Berlin Divided
26th May, 1950 : In Berlin as both sides prepare for the unity parade by east German youth this weekend tensions are running high as Britain talks to the Russians about allowing free elections, many believe that instead of a united Berlin as part of a United Germany we could well end up with a city divided by political doctrine.
 
 
 
26 May, 1950 - England Petrol Rationing Ends
26th May, 1950 : After 11 years petrol rationing finally ends in Great Britain and the British People tear up petrol rationing books which have been in use since the beginning of World War II in 1939.
 
 
26 May, 1969 - Canada John Lennon
26th May, 1969 : Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono stage a public 'bed in' for world peace - staying in bed for a week in a hotel in Montreal.
 
 
26 May, 1969 - U.S.A. Apollo 10
26th May, 1969 : Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.
 
 
26 May, 1972 - U.S.A. Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
26th May, 1972 : President Nixon signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on behalf of the United States the treaty puts a limit on the number of anti-ballistic missile sites in USA and Russia.
 
 
26 May, 1975 - U.S.A. Alternative Energy Sources
26th May, 1975 : Secretary of State Henry Kissinger today outlined a trillion dollar program to save oil consuming nations from being held hostage by the worlds oil producing nations including the increased use of Nuclear Power and funding to find alternative forms of energy. This is in response to the oil producing nations saying a sixth increase in oil prices can be expected later this year.
 
 
26 May, 1977 - U.S.A. George Willig
26th May, 1977 : George Willig climbed the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
 
 
26 May, 1981 - Italy Cabinet Resigns
26th May, 1981 : The Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the P2 (Propaganda Two) Masonic lodge.
 
 
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26 May, 1989 - China Tiananmen Square
26th May, 1989 : Following the communist party stripping power from moderate party chief Zhao Ziyang of power student protesters are leaving Tiananmen Square by the thousands , at one point the number of protesters was estimated at 100,000 in the square but the number is now down to 15,000 , it is now a waiting game by the protesters to see what the new much harder line administration will decide to do to break up the demonstration.
 
 
26 May, 1991 - Thailand Plane Crash In Jungle
26th May, 1991 : A Boeing 767 crashes into the jungle near Bangkok, Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.
 
 
26 May, 1994 - Dominican Republic Michael Jackson
26th May, 1994 : Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic.
 
 
26 May, 2000 - South Lebanon Israel Leaves
26th May, 2000 : Hezbollah announces that its fighters will soon pull out of southern Lebanon, now that the Israelis have withdrawn.
 
 
26 May, 2004 - U.S.A. Oklahoma City Bombing
26th May, 2004 : Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for being an accomplice to Timothy McVeigh who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing.
 
 
26 May, 2006 - Germany Largest European Railway Station Opens
26th May, 2006 : The largest railway station in Europe opened in Berlin, Germany. The Hauptbahnhof, as it was called, cost over 700 million euros to build over a period of eight years. The celebration of the opening was interrupted when a man attacked the crowd with a knife, injuring nineteen people.
 
 
26 May, 2008 - Single Child Rule Relaxed For Earthquake Families
26th May, 2008 : Following the devastating earthquake in the Chengdu area the "Chengdu Population and Family Planning Committee" will allow couples whose only child was killed or severely injured during the earthquake to have one more child. The single child rule was bought in during the 1970s when population growth in China caused concerns in the Chinese Government over over population.
 
 
26 May, 2009 - Thousands Gather in Protest in Georgia
26th May, 2009 : Over 50,000 people gathered to protest against the Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili. The opposition supporters demanded the president's resignation in a large protest in Tbsilisi, the capital, on the nation's independence day. The gathering was just one of many daily rallies that opposition party had been staging.
 
 
26 May, 2012 - Germany Nazi War Criminal Dies
26th May, 2012 : Klaas Carel Faber, convicted Nazi war criminal, died at the age of ninety in Germany. Faber served on an SS unit and was sentenced to death in 1947 for the death of twenty-two Jewish people. His term was later commuted to life but he had escaped in 1952 and went to Germany where he was able to live as a free man because the country refused to extradite him.
 
 
26 May, 2013 - Serbia Funeral for King Peter II
26th May, 2013 : A funeral for Yugoslavia's last king, Peter II, was held in Belgrade. Peter had become king in 1941 but was forced to flee only eleven days later after Nazis invaded Yugoslavia. He had never returned to the region while alive and had died in the United States.
 
 

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Moondog
Born: Louis Thomas Hardin, May 26th, 1916, Marysville, Kansas
Died: September 8th, 1999, Germany
Known For : Whilst still at school in Wyoming, he played tom-tom and flute at Arapaho and Blackfoot Sun Dances, as well drums at high school. He was blinded in his teenage years and studied at schools for the blind in Iowa and Missouri, where he learnt to write in braille. In 1942 he was given a scholarship in Memphis. On moving to New York in 1947 he adopted the name of Moondog. The music he produced was regarded as avant-garde and contained a number of unusual musical gestures and contrapuntal styles. His philosophical lyrics were recorded in 1956 and 1957, and he acted as a street musician in Manhattan.

 

This Week In History 21

Taken From Our This Day In History From
May 21st to May 27th
1881 American Red Cross Founded
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River opens to traffic.
1895 Playwright Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency in London and sentenced two years of hard labour.
1896 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The average price of the 12 initial stocks was 40.94
1923 First Le Mans 24 hour race
1925 A high school science teacher, John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his classes, as the Tennessee state law prohibits the teaching of evolution in public schools.
1927 Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris, completing the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight
1927 An earthquake measuring 8.6 on Richter scale strikes Xining in the eastern part of Qinghai province It was one of the deadliest earthquakes on record with a total count of 200,000 deaths.
1929 New gold rush starts in Australia
1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Ireland
1934 Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.
1934 Month Long Drought in Midwest continues
1935 Jesse Owens broke three world records at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan including broad jump, the 220-yard dash and the low hurdles.
1937 Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day.
1940 The Dunkirk evacuation begins "Operation Dynamo" was launched for the evacuation of British, French and Belgian soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France
1941 German Battleship Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood
1941 The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Naval ships Dorsetshire, King George V and Rodney
1950 After 11 years petrol rationing finally ends in Great Britain
1961 President Kennedy has asked Congress for $531 million to help the US put a man on the moon before the end of the decade . On July 21st 1969 , Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.
1961 Two buses carrying 27 'Freedom Riders' 25 Negroes and two whites were arrested by city police officers in Jackson Mississippi and charged with disobeying an officer and breach of peace.
1965 Berkeley University Anti Vietnam Protests
1968 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis standing 630 feet tall, and 630 feet wide at its base is dedicated
1969 Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono stage a public 'bed in' for world peace - staying in bed for a week in a hotel in Montreal.
1972 Ceylon changes it's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka
1976 Air France from Paris and British Airways from London simultaneously began Concorde service to Dulles Airport, Washington cutting the travel time from 7 hours to 3 1/2 hours.
1977 First Of The Star Wars Movies Opens
1981 The Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe found guilty of killing 13 women
1988 Median price for a home is now $87,700
1989 Students occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing
1991 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated
1997 F5 tornado ( Winds Greater Than 260 MPH )and almost 800 feet wide strikes Jarrell, Texas, destroying the town and killing 27 people.
1998 A referendum on the Good Friday peace agreement held in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic ended with 3 to 1 support.
2010 Scientists in the United States successfully created artificial life by creating the first live cell to be controlled by synthetic DNA.