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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

On May 26, 1940, the evacuation of Dunkirk began. Sailing vessels of every kind were pressed into service to ferry British, French and Belgian soldiers trapped by advancing German forces in northern France across the English Channel.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Troops evacuated from Dunkirk on a destroyer are about to berth at Dover, England, on May 31, 1940. The evacuation of Dunkirk began May 26. File Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Today is Tuesday, May 26, the 147th day of 2020 with 219 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include dancer Pope Clement VII in 1478; Isadora Duncan in 1877; entertainer Al Jolson in 1886; photographer Dorothea Lange in 1895; actor John Wayne in 1907; actor Jay Silverheels in 1912; actor Peter Cushing in 1913; singer Peggy Lee in 1920; actor James Arness in 1923; jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in 1926; right-to-die advocate Jack Kevorkian in 1928; sportscaster Brent Musburger in 1939 (age 81); singer Stevie Nicks in 1948 (age 72); singer Hank Williams Jr. in 1949 (age 71); actor Pam Grier in 1949 (age 71); actor Philip Michael Thomas in 1949 (age 71); Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, in 1951; actor Genie Francis in 1962 (age 58); actor Bobcat Goldthwait in 1962 (age 58); musician Lenny Kravitz in 1964 (age 56); actor Helena Bonham Carter in 1966 (age 54); filmmaker/actor Matt Stone in 1971 (age 49); singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill in 1975 (age 45); actor Astrid Berges-Frisbey in 1986 (age 34).

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On this date in history:

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In 1864, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, anxious to create new free territories during the Civil War, signed an act establishing the Montana Territory. Montana became a state 25 years later.

In 1868, at the end of a historic two-month trial, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Andrew Johnson of impeachment charges levied against him by the House of Representatives. Johnson won acquittal by one vote on each count.

In 1896, Nicholas II became the Russian czar.

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In 1897, Dracula was published by Irish writer Bram Stoker.

In 1927, the final Ford Model T was built. More than 15 million of the vehicles were produced. Henry Ford revealed details about the car's successor, the Model A, the same day to the United Press.

In 1940, the evacuation of Dunkirk began. Sailing vessels of every kind were pressed into service to ferry British, French and Belgian soldiers trapped by advancing German forces in northern France across the English Channel.

In 1954, more than 100 crewmembers of the aircraft carrier USS Bennington died in an explosion off Rhode Island.

In 1972, at a Moscow summit, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pact limiting nuclear weapons.

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In 1985, a cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal, killing 1,400 people in Bangladesh.

In 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767-300 exploded over Thailand after takeoff, killing all 223 people aboard.

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, were married in the Dominican Republic. They divorced two years later.

In 2003, a plane crash in Turkey killed all 74 people aboard, including 62 Spanish soldiers returning from peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan.

In 2019, the Nepalese government blamed overcrowding and poor weather conditions for a spate of deaths as climbers tried to reach the peak of Mount Everest. The season's death toll would eventually reach 12, with photos of traffic jams of people balanced precariously along the upper ridge of the mountain shocking viewers across the globe.


A thought for the day: American actor John Wayne said, "Talk low, talk slow -- and don't say too much."

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