Today in History for 26th May 2021

Historical Events

1913 – US Actors’ Equity Association forms (NYC)
1915 – H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
1925 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Ty Cobb is first to collect 1,000 extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit Tigers’ 8-1 win against the Chicago WS at Comiskey Park
1933 – 2nd emergency Dutch government of Colijn forms
1958 – Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
1965 – Revised International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect

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Famous Birthdays

1883 – Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
1907 – John Wayne [Marion Robert Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)
1909 – Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
1910 – Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
1926 – Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)
1959 – Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer

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Famous Deaths

1653 – Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)
1831 – Georg Hermes, German philosopher and theologist (Hermenianen), dies
1840 – Sidney Smith, British admiral, dies at 75
1969 – Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
2010 – Jean Constantin, Romanian actor (b. 1928)
2011 – Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)

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