On This Day In History, 26 May


On This Day In History 26 May Image

World Events Today

  • Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned the King of Italy today in 1805, his new title was Emperor of the French and King of Italy
  • The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, limiting the United States and the Soviet Union to 200 anti-ballistic missiles each, was signed today in 1972, it remained in force for 30 years
  • Narendra Modi became the 15th Prime Minister of India today in 2014

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race started today in 1923
  • The American country music hit single Rhinestone Cowboy, sung by Glen Campbell, was released today in 1975

Family Events Today

  • Marion Robert Morrison, better known as the legendary American actor John Wayne, “The Duke”, was born today in 1907 in Iowa
  • The American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, whose hits include It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over and Fly Away, was born today in 1964 in New York
  • The football manager Don Revie, in charge of Leeds from 1961 until 1974 and then England until 1977, died today in 1989 aged 61

Main Event Today

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average was calculated and published for the first time today in 1896, Charles Dow and Edward Jones were the 2 reporters behind the calculation

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Paper Airplane Day

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