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Infoplease - This Day in History

Events from This Day in History from the Editors of Infoplease

Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 UTC

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May 26, 1521: Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.

May 26, 1868: President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors" by one vote.

May 26, 1959: Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1–0, in the 13th.

May 26, 1977: George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines—a penny per floor.

May 26, 1978: The first legal casino to be operated in the United States outside of Nevada was opened in Atlantic City.

May 26, 2003: Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.

May 26, 2011: After more than 50 years of struggle, South Sudan declares independence and becomes Africa's 54th state.