26th May

Born on this Day 26th May
1650 John Churchill
1689 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
1867 Queen Mary
1886 Al Jolson
1904 George Formby
1907 John Wayne
1909 Sir Matt Busby
1913 Peter Cushing
1915 Antonia Forest
1941 Reg Bundy
1946 Mick Ronson
1948 Stevie Nicks
1953 Michael Portillo
1964 Lenny Kravitz
1965 Hazel Irvine
1966 Helena Bonham-Carter
1968 Steve Sedgley
1972 Patsy Palmer

Died on this Day
1703Samuel Pepys
1943 Edsel Ford


1953 Elvis Presley came second in a talent show held at a Jimmie Rogers memorial show.


1923 The first 24 hour Le Mans race took place, won by French drivers Lagache and Leonard.

1975 American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered serious spinal injuries when his bike crashed during an attempt to jump 13 buses in England.

1999 Manchester United secured the treble of the Premiership, FA Cup and European Cup after a spectacular 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the final of the latter in Barcelona. United scored their 2 goals in stoppage time after being 1-0 down from 6 minutes into the game.

People & Showbiz

1990 Britain and France were competing to provide the site for a movie theme park which would create over 20,000 jobs.

1991 27 year old Helen Sharman, Britain’s first woman astronaut, returned to earth after a successful 8 day mission.

1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They divorced in January 1996.

General Events

1868 The last public execution took place in England, outside Newgate Prison in London, when Irish national Michael Barratt was hanged.

1889 Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public.

1896 Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.

1896 Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

1928 The first motion picture is projected publicly in Athens, Greece.

1938 The first Volkswagen came off the assembly line in Germany.

1950 Petrol rationing in Britain ended.

1986 The European Community adopts the European flag.

1994 A house at 8 Hyde Park Gardens, London on the market for £10 million was reduced in price to £5 million after being on the market for a year. This is believed to be the biggest recorded price cut for a London house.

1997 Britain basked in the warmest Spring Bank Holiday weekend for 5 years as temperatures reached 21C (70F)

2003 Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.

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