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On this day in history - May 26

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.

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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, director, producer

  • 1886 Al Jolson

    Lithuanian/American singer, actor

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Deaths On This Day,
May 26

  • 2008 Sydney Pollack

    American director

  • 1976 Martin Heidegger

    German philosopher

  • 1908 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

    Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

  • 1703 Samuel Pepys

    English administrator, politician

  • 735 Bede

    English monk, historian, theologian