What Happened On This Day – May 26
1972 The Soviet Union and the United States sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
The ABM Treaty regulated the establishment of anti-ballistic missile shields against nuclear missiles. It was one of the most important treaties between the two superpowers during the Cold War.
1970 The Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2
The Russian plane, sometimes nicknamed Concordski, first took to the skies in 1968, two months before the Concorde.
1923 The 24 Hours of Le Mans is held for the first time
Only three competitors completed the race in 1923. The winners were André Lagarde and Albert Leonard of France, who covered 2210 kilometers in 24 hours.
1908 Engineers make the first major oil find in the Middle East
The discovery in Masjed Soleyman in Iran had a major impact on the country's and the world region's economy and politics. More than half of the world's oil reserves are located in the Middle East.
1896 The Dow Jones Industrial Average is first published
The Dow Jones is one of the world's most important stock market indices. Today it comprises data from 30 major U.S. companies.
Births On This Day – May 26
1975 Lauryn Hill
American singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1964 Lenny Kravitz
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor
1926 Miles Davis
American trumpet player, composer, bandleader
1907 John Wayne
American actor, singer, director, producer
1886 Al Jolson
Lithuanian/American singer, actor
Deaths On This Day – May 26
2008 Sydney Pollack
1976 Martin Heidegger
1908 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
1703 Samuel Pepys
English administrator, politician
English monk, historian, theologian