May 26th

2011
Congress 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.
Patriot Act
2009
California'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.
Same-sex marriage in California
2004
The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
Terry Nichols
2003
Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.
Wikipedia:In the news/Candidates/July 2016
1998
The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island - historic gateway for millions of immigrants - is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
New York
1994
Pop star Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic.
Personal relationships of Michael Jackson
1978
The first legal casino to be operated in the United States outside of Nevada was opened in Atlantic City.
Resorts Casino Hotel
1977
George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines—a penny per floor.
1972
The Soviet Union and the United States sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The ABM Treaty regulated the establishment of anti-ballistic missile shields against nuclear missiles. It was one of the most important treaties between the two superpowers during the Cold War.
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
1970
The Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2. The Russian plane, sometimes nicknamed Concordski, first took to the skies in 1968, two months before the Concorde.
Tupolev Tu-144
1969
Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.
Apollo 10
1959
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1–0, in the 13th.
1959 Pittsburgh Pirates season
1948
South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy.
South African general election, 1948
1940
Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
Dunkirk evacuation
1927
Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie.
Ford Model T
1923
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is held for the first time. Only three competitors completed the race in 1923. The winners were André Lagarde and Albert Leonard of France, who covered 2210 kilometers in 24 hours.
24 Hours of Le Mans
1908
Engineers make the first major oil find in the Middle East. The discovery in Masjed Soleyman in Iran had a major impact on the country's and the world region's economy and politics. More than half of the world's oil reserves are located in the Middle East.
History of the oil industry in Saudi Arabia
1896
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is first published. The Dow Jones is one of the world's most important stock market indices. Today it comprises data from 30 major U.S. companies.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
1868
The 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.
Franklin Pierce
1805
Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.
Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic)
1596
England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain.
Triple Alliance (1596)
1521
Martin Luther was declared an outlaw and his writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
Diet of Worms