Today in History: May 26, signing of the ABM Treaty

Today in History

Today is Thursday, May 26, the 146th day of 2022. There are 219 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 26, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The United States withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

To this date :

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the territory of Montana.

In 1865, Confederate forces west of the Mississippi surrendered in New Orleans.

In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was created by Congress.

In 1940 Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of some 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.

In 1954, explosions rocked the aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 sailors. (The initial explosion was blamed on leaking catapult fluid ignited by flames from a jet.)

In 1971, Don McLean recorded his song “American Pie” at The Record Plant in New York (it was released the following November on United Artists Records).

In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Navy jet crashed into the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.

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

In 2004, nearly a decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols was convicted of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the attack. (Nichols went on to receive 161 consecutive life sentences.)

In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, but said the 18,000 same-sex marriages that had taken place before the ban was passed were still valid.

In 2011, Ratko Mladic (RAHT’-koh MLAH’-dich), the brutal Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, was arrested after a 16-year manhunt . (Mladic was extradited to stand trial in The Hague, Netherlands; he was convicted in 2017 of genocide and war crimes and is serving a life sentence.)

In 2020, Minneapolis police released a statement saying George Floyd died after a “medical incident”, and that he physically resisted officers and appeared to be in medical distress; minutes after the statement was released, a video of a bystander was posted online. Protests over Floyd’s death have begun, with tense skirmishes developing between protesters and Minneapolis police. Four police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been fired.

A decade ago: A gruesome video posted online showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in Houla, haunting footage of what activists have called one of the regime’s deadliest attacks to date since the 14-month uprising in Syria. Astronauts from the International Space Station floated in the Dragon, a day after it was announced to arrive as the world’s first commercial supply ship.

Five years ago: two men were stabbed to death aboard a light rail in Portland, Oregon; police said the victims were trying to protect two women who were the target of an anti-Muslim rant by a man. (Jeremy Christian would be convicted of murder and sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole.) National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski (ZBIG’-nyef breh-ZHIN’-skee), died in Falls Church, Virginia, aged 89. Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, 85, died in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

A year ago: A gunman killed nine co-workers at a Northern California rail yard before killing himself as sheriff’s deputies rushed the building. President Joe Biden has ordered US intelligence officials to “redouble” efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail may lead to a Chinese lab. Amazon said it was buying the MGM movie studio for $8.45 billion, hoping to fill its video streaming service with more viewing options. Kevin Clark, who played drummer Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones in the 2003 film “School of Rock,” was killed when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on a Chicago street.

Today’s birthdays: Sports commentator Brent Musburger turns 83. Rock musician Garry Peterson (Guess Who) is 77 years old. Singer Stevie Nicks is 74 years old. Actor Pam Grier is 73 years old. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 73 years old. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 73 years old. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is 73. Actor Margaret Colin is 64 years old. Actor Doug Hutchison is 62 years old. Actor Genie Francis is 60 years old. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 60 years old. Singer-actor Lenny Kravitz is 58 years old. Actor Helena Bonham Carter is 56 years old. Budd is 56 years old. Rock musician Phillip Rhodes is 54 years old. Actor Joseph Fiennes (FYNZ) is 52 years old. Singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) is 51 years old. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 51. Singer Lauryn Hill is 47 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Nathan Cochran is 44 years old. Actress Elisabeth Harnois is 43 years old. Actor Hrach Titizian is 43 years old.

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