This Day in History- May 26

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May 26

Did you know that this day, May 26, marks the birth anniversary of the founder of Burger King? Napoleon Bonaparte, deemed one of the world’s most outstanding military leaders in history for his successful conquests across Europe, was also crowned the King of Italy on this day. History might be described as ‘the record of dates’, but that is a massive understatement! Well, it is nothing other than a storehouse of exciting events! Let us find out why by looking at what makes May 26 unique in History.

What happened in India on May 26? 

  • 1739: Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah and Shah of Persia, Nadir Shah, signed a treaty that separated Afghanistan from the Indian empire.   
  • 1908: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Indian founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, passed away in Lahore on May 26. Ghulam Ahmad declared that Jesus (or Isa) had survived the crucifixion and moved to Kashmir, where he died a natural death.
  • 1999: An Indian aircraft fired on separatist guerrillas in Kashmir and Pakistan threatened retaliation. It was the first use of airpower in years in the long-running conflict over the Himalayan border region.
  • 1999: India launched a rocket carrying German and South Korean satellites into orbit.
  • 2005: India and Pakistan exchanged ideas on ceasing a two-decade-old military standoff on the Siachen glacier, Kashmir, as senior defence officials commenced a two-day meeting.
  • 2009: Cyclone Aila hit areas in eastern India and Bangladesh, damaging thousands of homes, stranding more than ten thousand people in flooded villages and killing at least 191 before it began to ease.

2014: Narendra Modi became the 15th Prime Minister of India on May 26. 

2020: India-based pharmaceutical company Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd said it would start a clinical trial in India to experiment with a combination of two antiviral drugs, favipiravir and umifenovir, as a potential COVID-19 treatment.

What Happened Around the World on May 26? 

946– King Edmund I of England murdered by a thief whom he personally attacks while celebrating St Augustine’s Mass Day.

1805 – Napoléon Bonaparte becomes the King of Italy. On May 26, he was crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral.

1805 Lewis and Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains

1864 – The territory of Montana formed as a United States territory.

1869: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts charters 1869 Boston University

1896: Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned.

1897 Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker, a Gothic horror novel, is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

1908 – The first major industrial oil strike (in the Middle East) at Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia. The Anglo-Persian Oil Company quickly acquired the rights to the resource.\

1923 – 24 Hours of Le Mans held for the first time on May 26 and has been running annually in June ever since.

1925 –  Baseball Hall of Fame centre fielder Ty Cobb is the first to collect 1,000 extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit Tigers’ 8-1 win versus the Chicago WS at Comiskey Park.

1927- The Ford Motor Company produced the last Model T Ford (after 15th million vehicles) 

1946– US Patent filed for a hydrogen bomb

1967 – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released

1969 – Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a triumphant eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first human-crewed moon landing.

1978– The first legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City

1986 – The European Community adopted the European flag.

1998 – First “National Sorry Day” was held in Australia, and over a million people attended nationwide reconciliation events.

2000– Arthur C. Clarke is knighted “for services to literature” at a ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Famous Birthdays

1264: Prince Koreyasu, 7th Japanese shogun, born in Kamakura, Japan

1874: Henri Farman is a British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, born in Paris on May 26.

1910: Laurance Rockefeller, the American CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank  and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York

1913: Peter Cushing, English actor of Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who, born in Kenley, Surrey, England 

1914: Archie Duncan, Scottish actor cast in The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland

1926: Miles Davis, the  American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois 

1927: David Edgerton, founder of Burger King and American entrepreneur and, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania 

1951: Sally Ride, American astrau first American woman to go to space, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1966:  Helena Bonham Carter, British actress (Harry Potter, Fight Club, The King’s Speech, Enid, The Wings of the Dove), born in London, England

This was all about the events that occurred on May 26! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, keep following us on Leverage Edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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