This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2006

In Alaska

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

• In 1900, Congress passed an act establishing the Washington-Alaska Military Cable for telegraphic communication.

• In 1929, the steamer Aleutian, a flagship of the Alaska Steamship Co., 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 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.

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

• 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 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 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.

• In 1996, a police sergeant searching the murky waters where ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people aboard, found the crucial cockpit voice recorder. Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500.

• In 2001, Republicans and moderate Democrats drove a sweeping $1.35 trillion, 10-year tax cut through Congress, handing President Bush a political triumph.

• In 2005, President Bush received Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House; Bush called Abbas a courageous democratic reformer and bolstered his standing at home with $50 million in assistance. Investigators confirmed five cases in which military personnel mishandled the Qurans of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, but said they had found no "credible evidence" that a holy book was flushed in a toilet.

In the world

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

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

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

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

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

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