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26 May

451 – Armenia – Battle of Avarayr. http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/feasts/st-vartan-the-warrior/the-battle-of-vartanantz/

946 – England – King Edmund the Magnificent was murdered, aged about 25. http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/adversaries/bios/edmundmag.html

946 – England – Eadred became king. http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=edred

1135 – León and Castile – Coronation of Alfonso VII. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfonso_VII_of_Le%C3%B3n_and_Castile

1521 – Aztec Empire – Siege of Tenochtitlan began (Spanish Conquest). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Tenochtitlan

1573 – Netherlands – Battle of Haarlemmermeer (Dutch War of Independence). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Haarlemmermeer

1637 – America – Mystic Massacre (Pequot War). http://www.mashantucket.com/pequotwar.aspx

1647 – America – Alse Young, first person to be executed as a witch in Hartford, Comnnecticut. http://www.geni.com/people/Alse-Young/6000000001491616490

1660 – Denmark/Norway – Dano-Swedish War ended (Second Northern War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dano-Swedish_War_(1658%E2%80%9360)

1736 – America – Battle of Ackia (Chickasaw Wars). https://www.chickasaw.net/Our-Nation/History/Historical-Articles/History/Homelands/The-French-Chickasaw-War-of-1736-%28Ackia%29.aspx

1762 – GB – John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute became Prime Minister (Tory). https://www.gov.uk/government/history/past-prime-ministers/john-stuart-3rd-earl-of-bute

1822 – Norway – Grue Church fire, 116 killed. http://vennskapnews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/fire.html

1879 – Afghanistan – Treaty of Gandamak signed (Second Anglo-Afghan War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Gandamak

1783 – USA – A Great Jubilee Day first held (Memorial Day). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Great_Jubilee_Day

1896 – Russia – Nicholas II became Tsar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II_of_Russia

1900 – Colombia – Battle of Palonegro ended (1000 Days’ War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Palonegro

1906 – UK – Vauxhall Bridge opened in London. http://www.vauxhallcivicsociety.org.uk/history/vauxhall-bridge/

1917 – USA – Tornadoes hit Illinois, 101 killed. http://www.weather.gov/ilx/mto1917


1923 – France – First 24 Hours Le Mans held. https://youtu.be/CXpnyBmYu2Q http://www.lemansrace.com/le-mans-24-hours/extra-information/history-past-winners/history-of-le-mans-24-hours/

1940 – France – Siege of Calais ended (WWII). http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/timeline/factfiles/nonflash/a1120898.shtml https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Calais_(1940)

1940 – France – Battle of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) began (WWII). https://youtu.be/ZPR5vZ7Zeqo WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/kent/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8697000/8697067.stm

1940 – Norway – Luftwaffe plane shot down at Storfjellet, Saltdal, Nordland, 4 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19400526-0

1940 – Norway – Luftwaffe plane shot down at Evenesdal, Saltdal, Nordland, 9 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19400526-1

1940 – Norway – Luftwaffe plane shot down at Jordbrufjellet, Russanes i Saltdal, Nordland, 4 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19400526-2

1940 – Norway – Luftwaffe plane crashed at Amot, Osterdalan, Hedmark, 15 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19400526-3

1942 – Libya – Battle of Gazala began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gazala

1943 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Düsseldurf (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1944 – China – CNAC plane crashed at Himalayas, 12 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440526-0

1946 – USA – US Navy plane crashed near Patuxent River, NAS, MD, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19460526-0

1952 – Mauritania – BOAC plane crashed near Atar, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19520526-0

1955 – Canada – Associated Airways plane crashed off Edmonton International Airport, AB, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19550526-0

1957 – Turkey – Earthquake measuring 7.1Mw, epicentre in Abant, Bolu, 52 killed.

1969 – Guyana – Independence from UK.

1970 – Cambodia – Operation Menu ended (Vietnam War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Menu

1971 – Bangladesh – Barunga Massacre, 71+ killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burunga_massacre

1972 – Australia – Willandra National Park established. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHeritage.aspx?id=N0037

1972 – USSR – Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Ballistic_Missile_Treaty

1981 – USA – USMC plane crashed near Jacksonville, FL, 14 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=77226


1983 – Sea of Japan – Earthquake measuring 7.8Mw, followed by Tsunami, 104 killed. https://youtu.be/b2m7dficJ3o WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1983Japan.html

1991 – Thailand – Lauda Air Flight 004 crashed, 223 killed. https://youtu.be/x1JVAwlVDyc WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.rvs.uni-bielefeld.de/publications/Incidents/DOCS/ComAndRep/LaudaAir/LaudaRPT.html

1998 – Australia – First National Sorry Day held. http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/sorry-day-stolen-generations

1998 – Mongolia – Mongolian Airlines plane crashed near Erdenet, 28 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19980526-0

1998 – Georgia – War in Abkhazia ended (Georgian-Abkhazia Conflict). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Abkhazia_(1998)

2002 – USA – Tugboat Robert Y Love collided with Interstate 40 support pier, Oklahoma, 14 killed. http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2004/HAR0405.pdf

2003 – Japan – Earthquake measuring 7.0Mw, epicentre near east coast of Honshu. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/2003/2003_05_26_a.php

2003 – Indonesia – Earthquake measuring 7.0Mw, epicentre in Halmahera.

2008 – China – Flooding in South china began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_South_China_floods