Saturday, May 26, is the 147th day of 2012. There are 219 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Alec McCowen is 87. Sportscaster Brent Musberger is 73. Country musician Gates Nichols (Confederate Railroad) is 68. Rock musician Garry Peterson (Guess Who) is 67. Singer Stevie Nicks is 64. Actress Pam Grier is 63. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 63. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 63. Former astronaut Sally K. Ride is 61. Actress Margaret Colin is 55. Country singer-songwriter Dave Robbins is 53. Actor Doug Hutchison is 52. Actress Genie Francis is 50. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 50. Singer Lenny Kravitz is 48. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 46. Rock musician Phillip Rhodes is 44. Actor Joseph Fiennes is 42. Singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) is 41. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 41. Contemporary Christian musician Nathan Cochran is 34.
In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.
In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges.
In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress.
In 1940, evacuation of more than 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began.
In 1952, representatives of the United States, Britain, France, and West Germany signed the Bonn Convention granting conditional sovereignty to, and ending the occupation of, West Germany.
In 1960, UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States in the US Embassy in Moscow.
In 1972, President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The US withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)
In 1981, a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida, killing 14 people.