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May 26th

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.
1868 At the end of a historic two-month trial, the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson of impeachment charges levied against him by the House of Representatives. Johnson won acquittal by one vote on each count.
1940 The evacuation of Dunkirk began. Sailing vessels of every kind were pressed into service to ferry across the English Channel the British, French and Belgian soldiers trapped by advancing German forces in northern France. All 200,000 were safely across by June 2.
1954 More than 100 crewmembers of the aircraft carrier USS Bennington died in an explosion off Rhode Island.
1972 At a Moscow summit, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pact limiting nuclear weapons.
1985 A cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal, killing 1,400 people in Bangladesh.
1991 A Lauda Air Boeing 767-300 exploded over Thailand after takeoff, killing all 223 people on board.
1992 The Philippines' former first lady, Imelda Marcos, formally demanded the government return billions of dollars in assets seized after her husband's ouster from power in 1986.
1994 The United States and Vietnam resumed diplomatic relations.
1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, were married in the Dominican Republic. They divorced in 1996.
2000 Canadian medical researchers reported they had transplanted insulin-producing cells into eight diabetic patients, freeing them from insulin injections.
2003 A plane crash in Turkey killed all 74 aboard, including 62 Spanish soldiers returning from peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan.
2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was accelerating its nuclear program to try to become an exporter of nuclear fuel.
2007 Lightning strike during a fierce storm at a school in southwest China killed seven children and injured 39 others.
2008 The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report that Iran's suspected nuclear weapons research was a mystery, a matter of serious concern.
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