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Today is Wednesday, May 26, the 146th day of 2010. There are 219 days left in the year,


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In 1940, the evacuation of more than 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, begins during World War II.

In 1521, Martin Luther is banned by the Edict of Worms (vohrms) because of his religious beliefs and writings.

In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal on the remaining charges.

In 1908, the first major oil strike in the Middle East occurs in Masjid-i-Suleiman, Persia (Iran).

In 1913, Actors’ Equity Association is organized in New York.

In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee is established by Congress.

In 1960, U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accuses the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

In 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts return to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

In 1981, 14 people are killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley are married in the Dominican Republic. (The marriage, however, ended in 1996.)

In 2000, Barry Grunow. 35, an English teacher at Lake Worth Community Middle School in Florida, is shot to death by Nathaniel Brazill, a seventh grader, after the teacher refused to let him talk with two girls in his classroom. (Brazill was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a 28-year sentence.)

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