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Today (or Any Day) in History

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May 26

Today in History

1637: Pequot(Indian) massacres begin in present-day Connecticut

1805: Napoleon is crowned king of Italy

1864: Montana Territory created

1865: US Civil War ends with over 500,000 dead

1868: President Johnson acquitted

1896: Czar Nicholas II crowned, the last czar of Russia

1923: French win new 24 hour race at Le Mans

1938: House on un-American Activities forms

1940: The evacuation of almost 400,000 soldiers from Dunkirk begins

1944: 82nd Airborne div D-day-landing at La Haye du Puits to Ste Mre Eglise

1945: US drop fire bombs on Tokyo

1946: 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball

1990: Phila Phillies retire Mike Schmidt's uniform #20

Notable Births

1759: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley

1886: Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) (singer: Sonny Boy; actor: The Jazz Singer, Rhapsody in Blue, Rose of Washington Square)

1897: Norma Talmadge (actress: The Forbidden City, The Social Secretary, Dubarry)

1907: John Wayne (Marion Morrison) (The Duke: Academy Award-winning actor: True Grit [1969], Hondo, Rio Bravo: over 200 films)

1908: Robert Morley (Adolph Wilton) (actor: Marie Antoinette, Around the World in 80 Days, The African Queen, War and Remembrance, Of Human Bondage, Istanbul; producer)

1910: Laurence Rockefeller (conservationist)

1911: Ben Alexander (Nicholas Alexander) (actor: All Quiet on the Western Front, Dragnet)

1913: Peter Cushing (actor: Star Wars, Tales from the Crypt, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Horror of Dracula, The House That Dripped Blood)

1919: Jay Silverheels (actor: The Lone Ranger, Broken Arrow, Man Who Loved Cat Dancing)

1920: Peggy Lee (Norma Deloris Egstrom) (singer: Fever, Is That All There Is?, It's a Good Day, I Hear Music, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, I'm Just Wild About Harry, I've Got the World on a String, Mr. Wonderful; actress: Mister Music, The Jazz Singer, Pete Kelley's Blues; sang for: Lady and the Tramp)

1923: James Arness (Aurness) (actor: Gunsmoke, How the West was Won, Hondo, The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory; Minneapolis, MN radio newscaster; brother of Peter Graves)

1927: Jacques Bergerac (actor: Gigi)

1939: Brent Musberger (sportscaster: ABC Sports, CBS Sports)

1941: Cliff Drysdale (tennis)

1942: Chuck Hartenstein (baseball)

1944: Sam Posey (auto racer)

1947: Darrell Evans (baseball: Atlanta Braves)

1948: Stevie (Stephanie) Nicks (songwriter: Edge of Seventeen, singer: group: Fleetwood Mac: Dreams, Don't Stop; solo: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around [w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers], Leather & Lace [w/Don Henley], Stand Back, Talk to Me)

1949: Dan Pastorini (football)

1949: Philip Michael Thomas (actor: Miami Vice, Hair, False Witness, A Fight for Jenny, Homeboy)

1949: Hank Williams Jr. (singer: All My Rowdy Friends Have Gone and Settled Down, Whiskey Bent and Hell-Bound, Family Tradition, Raining In My Heart, I've Got a Right to Cry, I'd Rather Be Gone, I Fought the Law, Are You Ready? [ABC Monday Night Football intro]; movie soundtrack: Your Cheatin' Heart)

1951: Sally Ride (astronaut: 1st American woman in space: Challenger shuttle [1983])

1951: Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)

1952: Dewey Forry (baseball)

Notable Deaths

0604(5?): Augustinus van Canterbury, bishop/apostle of England, dies

1920: Peggy Lee, singer/songwriter: "Fever", "Is That All There Is" (died January 21, 2002)

1967: George E Stone, actor (5 Star Final, Front Page), dies at 64

1991: Tom Cassidy, anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41

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