May 26 in Pop Culture History

May 26 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

May 26 History Highlights

  • 1868 – The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal by a single vote.
  • 1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held.
  • 1927 – The last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
  • 1967 – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
  • If you were born on May 26th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 2nd (prior year)

List of Everyone on The Sgt. Pepper Album Cover:

Top Row: Sri Yukteswar Giri, Aleister Crowley, Mae West, Lenny Bruce, Karlheinz Stockhausen, W.C. Fields, Carl Jung, Edgar Allan Po, Fred Astaire, Richard Merkin, The Vargas Girl (by Alberto Vargas), Leo Gorcey (missing), Huntz Hall, Simon Rodia, Bob Dylan

Second row: Aubrey Beardsley, Sir Robert Peel, Aldous Huxley, Dylan Thomas, Terry Southern, Dion DiMucci, Tony Curtis, Wallace Berman, Tommy Handley, Marilyn Monroe, William S. Burroughs, Sri Mahavatar Babaji, Stan Laurel, Richard Lindner, Oliver Hardy, Karl Marx, H.G. Wells, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, James Joyce, Anonymous

Third row: Stuart Sutcliffe, Anonymous, Max Miller, A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty), Marlon Brando, Tom Mix, Oscar Wilde, Tyrone Power, Larry Bell, David Livingstone, Johnny Weissmuller, Stephen Crane, Issy Bonn, George Bernard Shaw, H.C. Westermann, Albert Stubbins, Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, Lewis Carroll, T.E. Lawrence

Front row: Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer), A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty), Wax model of George Harrison, Wax model of John Lennon, Shirley Temple, Wax model of Ringo Starr, Wax model of Paul McCartney, Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Bette Davis, Bobby Breen, Marlene Dietrich, Mahatma Gandhi was deleted, An American legionnaire, Wax model of Diana Dors, Shirley Temple

May 26 is…

Blueberry Cheesecake Day
Cherry Dessert Day
World Lindy Hop Day

May 26 Birthday Quotes

“I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.”
– Sally Ride

“Your graciousness is what carries you. It isn’t how old you are, how young you are, how beautiful you are, or how short your skirt is. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game.”
– Stevie Nicks

“I learned courage from Buddha, Jesus, Lincoln, Einstein, and Mr. Cary Grant.”
– Peggy Lee

“Struggle and survival, losing and winning, doesn’t matter. It’s entering the race that counts. You enter, you can win, you can lose …. but it’s all about entering the race.”
– Pam Grier

“I’m going to be singing Dreams and Rhiannon when I’m 75 – and that’s just fine with me. I just hope my chiffon doesn’t get tangled in my rocking chair.”
– Stevie Nicks

May 26 Birthdays

1883 – Mamie Smith, American singer (died in 1946)
1886 – Al Jolson, American singer and actor (died in 1950)
1907 – John Wayne, American actor (died in 1979)
1913 – Peter Cushing, English actor (died in 1994)
1920 – Peggy Lee, American singer-songwriter and actress (died in 2002)
1928 – Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, author, and assisted suicide activist (died in 2011)
1939 – Herb Trimpe, American comic book author and illustrator (died in 2015)
1946 – Mick Ronson, English guitarist (died in 1993)
1948 – Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter
1949 – Pam Grier, American actress
1951 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut (died in 2012)

May 26 History

1293 (Earthquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.

1869 – Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1896 – Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel began being sold in the UK.

1917 (Tornadoes) Mattoon and Charlestown Illinois

1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually every June.

1962 # 1 Hit May 26, 1962 – June 1, 1962: Mr. Acker Bilk – Stranger on the Shore

1973 # 1 Hit May 26, 1973 – June 1, 1973: The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein

1977 – George Willig illegally climbed the South Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center.

1984 # 1 Hit May 26, 1984 – June 8, 1984: Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It for the Boy

1990 – The final episode of The Tracey Ullman Show aired on FOX

May 26 Birthday (fictional) Kyle, South Park, Cartoon

1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

May 26 20** (fiction) Gru stole theMoon, Despicable Me, Film

2007 # 1 Hit May 26, 2007 – June 8, 2007: T-Pain featuring Yung Joc – Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)

2012 – Planet Green became Destination America on cable television.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Long story short” makes your story three words longer.

Someone keeps adding 1 to all of my multiples of two and I can’t even.

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. The death of a statistician is within the standard deviation.

28 Days Later was filmed on a Canon XL-1 DV camera using mini-DV tapes instead of 35mm film.

I think “Jane Goodall and the Chimps” would be a fantastic name for a band.

The official state songs of Maryland and Iowa are sung to the tune of the traditional German Christmas song ‘O Tannenbaum.’

“Have fun stormin’ da castle.” – Miracle Max #moviequotes

“These walls are funny. First, you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.” – Red in The Shawshank Redemption  #moviequotes

There should be confetti in tires so when there is a blowout it’s still kind of an OK day.

A group of crows is called a Murder or Horde or Parcel or Storytelling. A group of 3 is a crowd.

“Guilty feet have got no rhythm.” #songlyrics

People falling from tall buildings always land on a car. #moviecliches

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