History of 26 May

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History of 26 May

  • 1994 – U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record.
  • 1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
  • 1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officer in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”
  • 1998 – The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.
  • 1998 – The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.
  • 1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
  • 1991 – Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes in the Phu Toei National Park in Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.
  • 1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in New Jersey v. New York that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • 1998 – The first “National Sorry Day” was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
  • 2002 – The tugboat Robert Y. Love collides with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, resulting in 14 deaths and 11 others injured.
  • 2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2008 – Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Robert Copeland, Australian footballer
  • 1981 – Anthony Ervin, American swimmer
  • 1981 – Jason Manford, English actor, screenwriter, and television host
  • 1981 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1981 – Ben Zobrist, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Sten Lassmann, Estonian pianist
  • 1982 – Hasan Kabze, Turkish footballer
  • 1983 – Demy de Zeeuw, Dutch footballer
  • 1983 – Henry Holland, English fashion designer
  • 1983 – Nathan Merritt, Australian rugby league player
  • 1985 – Monika Christodoulou, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Ashley Vincent, English footballer
  • 1986 – Michel Tornéus, Swedish long jumper
  • 1987 – Olcay Şahan, Turkish footballer
  • 1987 – Josh Thomas, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1988 – Andrea Catellani, Italian footballer
  • 1988 – Will Chambers, Australian rugby league player
  • 1988 – Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Colombian footballer
  • 1988 – Dani Samuels, Australian discus thrower
  • 1988 – Joel Selwood, Australian footballer
  • 1988 – Damian Williams, American football player
  • 1989 – Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete
  • 1991 – Ah Young, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1992 – Curtis Rona, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1993 – Jason Adesanya, Belgian footballer
  • 1993 – Dan Sarginson, Australian-English rugby league player
  • 1993 – Katerine Savard, Canadian swimmer
  • 1993 – Jimmy Vesey, American ice hockey player
  • 1996 – Lara Goodall, South African cricketer