Today in History

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May 26

1868US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by one vote.

1918Georgia declared its independence from Russia.

1940 Evacuation of British troops from France in the face of a German invasion begins at Dunkirk.

1979 Israel formally returns the sovereignty of the Sinai capital of Al Arish to Egypt.

1980The first consignment of Dubai-made aluminium is loaded on to a ship at the Jebel Ali Port.

1989Chinese Communist Party Chief Zhao Ziyang is put under house arrest.

1990Boris Yeltsin fails to win a majority in balloting for Russian presidency.

1991 Martial law ends in Kuwait.

2000Anti-Suharto Indonesian students joined by unruly youth rampaged through central Jakarta.

2014Narendra Modi takes his oath as the new prime minister of India.

2017Gunmen attack bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt, killing 23 people.



Space shuttle Atlantis lands for final time

Space shuttle Atlantis returned from orbit for the last time, closing out a 25-year flying career and safely bringing back six astronauts who boosted the International Space Station’s power and size. The smooth landing was indicative of the entire 12-day mission, Nasa’s third-to-last shuttle flight. The cockpit erupted in cheers when Mission Control finally radioed up the “go” to come home. About 1,200 guests lined the Kennedy Space Centre runway to welcome Atlantis and its crew home, the maximum allowable crowd. Commander Kenneth Ham said he was ready to turn the shuttle over to the ground teams and get Atlantis “back in the barn for a little bit”.

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