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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Tuesday, May 26, 1998

quote   "Evil finds itself in the large cities, the small cities, the villages."

-- the Rev. Dennis Rogers, whose Danville, Illinois, church was bombed Sunday


today's events

  • A trial will be held for members of the Montana Freemen.

  • Funeral services will be held for Oregon high-school shooting victim Mikael Nickolauson.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, May 27, Michael Fortier will be sentenced for his role in the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing.

  • On Thursday, May 28, NATO foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg.

  • On Friday, May 29, the sentencing of Adam Pletcher of Long Grove, Illinois, is to take place for attempting to extort money from Microsoft head Bill Gates.

  • On Saturday, May 30, the MTV Movie Awards will be presented in Santa Monica, California.

  • On Sunday, May 31, Pope John Paul II visits Poland.


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  • Georgia celebrates Independence Restoration Day.

  • Actor James Arness ("Gunsmoke") is 75.

  • Actress Helena Bonham Carter ("A Room With a View") is 32.

  • Actress Genie Francis ("General Hospital") is 36.

  • Singer and musician Lenny Kravitz ("Are You Gonna Go My Way?") is 34.

  • Singer Peggy Lee ("Fever") is 78.

  • Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 59.

  • Singer Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac is 50.

  • Astronaut Sally Ride is 47.

  • Actor Phillip Michael Thomas ("Miami Vice") is 49.

  • Singer Hank Williams Jr. ("Country Boy Can Survive") is 49.

on this day

  • In 1521, the Edict of Worms outlawed Martin Luther and his followers, following his Papal excommunication in April.

  • In 1659, Aurangzeb formally ascended the Mogul throne.

  • In 1798, during the Irish Rebellion, the British killed about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.

  • In 1805, Napoleon was crowned king of Italy in Milan cathedral.

  • In 1834, the Portuguese Civil War ended with the capitulation of the pretender, Dom Miguel.

  • In 1865, the last Confederate resistance of the American Civil War ended when Gen. Kirby Smith surrendered at New Orleans. The Confederates had already signed a surrender on April 9.

  • In 1868, Irish nationalist Michael Barrett was hanged for a bomb attack at Clerkenwell, London -- the last public execution in England.

  • In 1868, U.S. President Andrew Johnson was finally acquitted of impeachment charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors."

  • In 1879, the British and Afghans signed the Treaty of Gandamak giving the British control of the Khyber Pass.

  • In 1923, the first Le Mans 24-hour motor race was run.

  • In 1940, Operation Dynamo began to evacuate defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk.

  • In 1942, Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London, providing for full collaboration during and after World War II.

  • In 1948, the Nationalist Party took power in South African elections, beating the United Party by 70 seats to 65.

  • In 1966, British Guiana became an independent member of the Commonwealth, changing its name to Guyana.

  • In 1971, the Soviet Union's answer to Concorde, the TU-144, made its first appearance in the West at the Paris Air Show.

  • In 1979, Finnish President Urho Kekkonen appointed a new coalition government with Mauno Koivisto as prime minister.

  • In 1982, in the Falklands war, the British container ship Atlantic Conveyor and destroyer Coventry were both hit, killing 33.

  • In 1991, Zviad Gamsakhurdia was elected president of Georgia.

  • In 1991, an Austrian Lauda-Air Boeing 767 crashed after a stopover in Bangkok, killing 223.

  • In 1993, the Pakistan supreme court re-instated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and parliament after they had been dissolved by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

  • In 1996, Albania's opposition parties pulled out of the election on polling day because of "terror" and manipulation of the poll by the ruling Democratic Party.

  • In 1997, Australian Prime Minister John Howard made an unexpected personal apology to tens of thousands of Aborigines forcibly taken from their parents under a past government policy of assimilation

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