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  • On This Day: What happened on 26 May?

    On This Day: What happened on 26 May?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 26 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

    ON THIS DAY: 26 MAY

    2008 | Severe flooding began in eastern and southern China resulting in 148 deaths and forcing the evacuation of 1.3 million.

    2004 | U.S. Army veteran Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for aiding and abetting the Oklahoma City bombing.

    2002 | The tugboat Robert Y. Love collided with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, 14 deaths and 11  injuries were recorded.

    1998 | The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, was mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

    1998 | The first “National Pole Day” was held in Australia, and reconciliation ceremonies were held nationally and were attended by over a million people.

    1993 | Tahar Djaout, Algerian journalist and writer, was assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists and died in hospital on June 2, 1993.

    ALSO READ: What happened on 25 May? 

    BIRTHDAYS 

    1954 | English novelist, poet, short story writer, and translator, Alan Hollinghurst. 

    1963 | English golfer, Jamie Spence. 

    1968 | Crown Prince of Denmark, Frederik. 

    1985 | English footballer, Ashley Vincent. 

    1983 | Australian rugby league player, Nathan Merritt. 

    ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

    2009 | Canadian ice hockey and soccer player, Peter Zezel, 44.

    2012 | Japanese politician, Hiroshi Miyazawa, 91.

    1979 | Irish-American actor, George Brent, 75.

    2010 | English air marshal and pilot, Chris Moran, 54. 

    2015 | American soldier, and politician, Dayton Waller, 90.

    SPORTS 

    1984 | On this day, Leicester City’s Gary Lineker made his first England appearance as a 72nd-minute substitute for Tony Woodcock in the 1-1 draw against Scotland at Hampden.

    ENTERTAINMENT 

    2014 | “Petals on the Wind” was initially released on this day in the United States. 

    AFRICA FACT 

    Among the world’s most dangerous mountain passes is the Sani Pass in Lesotho. 

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