All Events

Historical Events on May 26

  • Geneva


    Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

  • Napoleon


    Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.

  • Montana


    Montana is organized as a United States territory.

  • American Civil War


    American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.

  • Boston University


    Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Nicholas II of Russia


    Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.

  • World War II


    World War II: Operation Dynamo: In northern France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.

  • Soviet Union


    The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

  • Supreme Court of the United States


    The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.