UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 26, 2022

On May 26, 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767-300 exploded over Thailand after takeoff, killing all 223 people aboard.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 26, 2022
The Boeing 767 that exploded May 26, 1991, over Thailand. All 223 people aboard Lauda Air Flight 004 died in the crash. File Photo by Werner Fischdick/Wikimedia

Today is Thursday, May 26, the 146th day of 2022 with 219 to follow.

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


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 83); singer Stevie Nicks in 1948 (age 74); singer Hank Williams Jr. in 1949 (age 73); actor Pam Grier in 1949 (age 73); actor Philip Michael Thomas in 1949 (age 73); Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, in 1951; actor Genie Francis in 1962 (age 60); actor Robert "Bobcat" Goldthwait in 1962 (age 60); musician Lenny Kravitz in 1964 (age 58); actor Helena Bonham Carter in 1966 (age 56); filmmaker/actor Matt Stone in 1971 (age 51); singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill in 1975 (age 47); actor Astrid Berges-Frisbey in 1986 (age 36).


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.


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 2021, a gunman opened fire at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard in San Jose, Calif., killing nine people and himself.

A thought for the day: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera." -- American photographer Dorothea Lange

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