This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1929, the steamer Aleutian, flagship of the Alaska Steamship Company, was wrecked off Kodiak Island with the loss of one life.

• In 1956, the Coliseum Theatre and Redman Building in Ketchikan were destroyed by fire.

In the nation

• In 1865, arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.

• In 1867, the Alaska Purchase was passed by the U.S. Senate.

• In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on all remaining charges.

• In 1913, Actors' Equity Association was organized.

• In 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

• In 1977, George H. Willig scaled the outside of the South Tower of New York's World Trade Center. He was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.

• In 1978, the first legal casino in the eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, N.J.

• In 1994, President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China and announced his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.

• In 1999, House Republicans pushed through legislation that would put new obstacles in the way of spending government surpluses that came from Social Security taxes.

In the world

• In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.

• In 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.

• In 1940, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.

• In 1960, U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

• In 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard.

• In 1994, President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. The marriage, however, ended in 1996.

• In 1999, Indian aircraft fired on separatist guerrillas in Kashmir province and Pakistan threatened retaliation. It was the first use of air power in years in the long-running conflict over the Himalayan border region.



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