26th May

The events happened on 26th May are :

1521 : Martin Luther outlawed by Edict of Worms : On this day the Edict of Worms was passed by the Diet (assembly) of the Holy Roman Empire held at Worms, Germany. It declared that the German priest and scholar Martin Luther, who proposed various church reforms, was an outlaw and a heretic who should be captured and turned over to the emperor and whose writings were forbidden. The edict was never enforced to its fullest extent, and Luther's proposals soon led to the Protestant Reformation.

1966 : Formerly a colony of the Dutch and later the British, Guyana gained its independence.

1951 : U.S. astronaut Sally Ride was born in Encino, California.

1940 : During World War II the British began to evacuate their troops from Dunkirk, France.

1913 : The Actors' Equity Association, the trade union for American performing artists, was founded.

1907 : American motion-picture actor John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa.

1876 : The Challenger Expedition, a groundbreaking oceanographic exploration cruise carried out by the British Admiralty and the Royal Society, concluded successfully.

1703 : English diarist and naval administrator Samuel Pepys, celebrated for his Diary, died in London.

1583 : Susanna, the eldest daughter of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, was baptized.

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