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1521 Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.
1868 The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges.
1913 Actors' Equity Association was organized by a group of actors at the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York.
1954 Explosions rocked the aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 sailors. (The initial blast was blamed on leaking catapult fluid ignited by the flames of a jet.)
1960 U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused 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.
1972 President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)
1981 Fourteen people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
In The Star
May 26, 1939, in The Star: More than 100 Anniston High School seniors received their graduation diplomas in exercises held last night at Johnston Field. C. H. Young, president of the Board of Education, presented the documents. The class of 1939 includes two sets of twins — Albert and Alberta Ward and Norris and Doris Williams. The class also has a married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sanders Jr. (Jane Reed), who would have received their diplomas together were it not for illness which confined Mrs. Sanders to the hospital. Also this date: A series of mini-articles favorably describing the products or services of many local or nearby businesses appears on Page 9. In this listing we learn, for example, that the Courthouse Café has been in business since March of this year, Economy Drug Co. started business in August last year, and that Sam Stewart’s clothes cleaning and dyeing business was established three years ago.
May 26, 1989, in The Star: As was expected, the Anniston City Council last night approved plans that will convert the historic McCaa-Butler house on Fairmont Avenue into a bed-and-breakfast. Renovation of the century-old private residence into a lodging is expected to begin immediately. Also this date: Recycling took two more steps forward in Calhoun County yesterday when the city of Anniston committed its departments to the project just hours after the County Commission issued a countywide appeal to begin recycling immediately.
Birthdays for May 26
Sportscaster Brent Musberger is 75. Country musician Gates Nichols (Confederate Railroad) is 70. Rock musician Garry Peterson (Guess Who) is 69. Singer Stevie Nicks is 66. Actress Pam Grier is 65. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 65. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 65. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 52. Singer-actor Lenny Kravitz is 50. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 48. Rock musician Phillip Rhodes is 46. Singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) is 43. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 43.