Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What Happened Around the World on May 26

Today is May 26, 2009, the day when:

- Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms on 1521.

- President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors" by one vote on 1868.

- Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II on 1940.

- Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1–0, in the 13th (1959).

- When George Willig, (1977) scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and 1.10 in fines—a penny per floor.

- The first legal casino to be operated in the United States outside of Nevada was opened in Atlantic City on 1978.

- Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi on 2003.

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