Today In History – May 26

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Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 26:

1940 – Britain launched a huge sea-borne operation to evacuate defeated Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

1942 – Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty providing for full collaboration during and after World War Two.

1969 – Apollo 10 lunar module re-enters Earth’s atmosphere, splashes down in Pacific Ocean.

1972 – The United States and the Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT 1) curbing nuclear weapons.

1986 – Flag of Europe officially adopted as symbol of European Union.

1988 – Edmonton Oilers win Stanley Cup, with Captain Wayne Gretzky before he was traded to the L.A. Kings later that year.

2001 – The U.S. Congress gave final approval to a $1.35 trillion tax cut package that was President George W. Bush’s top priority.

2002 – Franco-Polish director Roman Polanski won the Cannes film festival’s Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award for his film “The Pianist”.

2004 – The Sudan government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) signed agreements in Kenya on how to share power and manage disputed strategic areas.

2005 – Inaugural “National Sorry Day” in Australia to acknowledge thousands of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their homes between 1930 and 1950.

2009 – Rebels controlling northern Ivory Coast since 2002 officially handed over to civilian administrators in a step aimed at restoring government authority across the world’s biggest cocoa producer.


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