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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, May  26, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On May 26, 1940, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.
 
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On this date in:
1521Martin Luther was declared an outlaw and his writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
1805Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.
1868The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction.
1896The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The average price of the 11 initial stocks was 40.94
1908The first major oil strike in the Middle East took place as engineers working for British entrepreneur William Knox D'Arcy hit a gusher in Masjid-i-Suleiman in present-day Iran.
1969Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.
1972President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow.
1977George H. Willig scaled the outside of the south tower of New York's World Trade Center; he was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.
1978The first legal casino in the eastern United States opened in Atlantic City, N.J.
1994Pop star Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic.
1998The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island - historic gateway for millions of immigrants - is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
2004Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
2009President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.
2009California's Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban but said the 18,000 same-sex weddings that had taken place before the prohibition passed were still valid.
2011Congress passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers contained in the Patriot Act to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.
2011Ratko Mladic, the brutal Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, was arrested after a 16-year manhunt.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Helena Bonham Carter turns 50 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Brent MusburgerSportscaster77
Stevie NicksRock singer68
Philip Michael ThomasActor ("Miami Vice")67
Hank Williams Jr.Country musician67
Margaret ColinActress59
Genie FrancisActress ("General Hospital")54
Bobcat GoldthwaitComedian54
Joe DumarsBasketball Hall of Famer53
Lenny KravitzRock musician52
Matt StoneTV producer ("South Park")45
Hrach TitizianActor ("Homeland")37
Actor Joseph Fiennes turns 46 years old today.
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