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26th May

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

1805 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral.

1865 General Smith (Confederate Army) surrendered in Texas to end the American Civil War.

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

1886 * Al Jolson, (Asa Yoelson), US singer and entertainer.

1907 * John Wayne (Marion Morrison), US actor known as the 'Duke' for playing the tough hero.

1913 * Peter Cushing, English actor who starred in many horror films.

1920 * Peggy Lee (Norma Egstrom), US singer, songwriter and actress.

1923 The first Le Mans 24 hour race took place and was won by two French drivers.

1950 Long queues appeared at garages this evening and motorists tore their ration books into confetti after an end to petrol rationing was announced.

1972 State-owned travel firm Thomas Cook and Son was sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.

1975 Evel Knievel, US stuntman, suffered serious spinal injuries performing a stunt in Britain.

1998 Emperor Akihito of Japan spoke of his "pain" over the suffering inflicted by his country during World War II, but war veterans feel he has not gone far enough.

1999 Jill Dando (37), one of the best known figures in British television was shot dead on the doorstep of her London home.

2000 The Hezbollah leader was greeted by thousands of supporters during a victory rally to celebrate the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon.

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