Tuesday, the 26th of May, 2015 is the 146th day in 2015 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
National Sorry Day
May 26, 2015 in Australia
National Sorry Day takes place on May 26, 2015. National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the continent’s indigenous population. The Australian government’s most controversial policies resulted in an entire “Stolen Generation” – i.e., “Aboriginal children separated, often forcibly, from their families of origin in the interest of turning them into white Australians”.
May 26 carries great significance for the Stolen Generations, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and non-indigenous Australians. On May 26, 1997, the “Bringing Them Home” report was tabled in Parliament. The annual National Sorry Day commemorations remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the children that were taken, but also on their families and communities.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Australia
World Lindy Hop Day
May 26, 2015 in the World
If you’ve been thinking that there just aren’t enough reasons to cavort around a dance floor to the boisterous sounds of 1920s jazz, then you will no doubt become a fan of Lindy Hop Day. After a decline in popularity in the 1950s, this form of swing music is back and infecting more and more followers with its undeniable vitality.
It’s an energetic dance that originated in black communities in Harlem, in New York City. If you want a true experience, try to seek out a venue with live big-band jazz. It’s fun, frenetic, occasionally frenzied, and is likely to leave you exhausted, but don’t worry: you only need to do it once every year. Some say the name commemorates Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 ‘hop’ across the Atlantic in a plane – the first time that feat was accomplished alone.
Where is the event?
Sally Ride Day
May 26, 2015 in the World
Sally Ride Day was created in honor of the birth date of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both.
On the lack of females in science (USA TODAY in 2006): “For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.”
Where is the event?
National Paper Airplane Day
May 26, 2015 in the USA
National Paper Airplane Day is observed on May 26, 2015. The day is an unofficial observance, celebrated each year in the United States to commemorate the simple aeronautical toy. Paper airplane day celebrations typically include social gatherings at which participants create and fly paper airplanes. These events often feature contests in two basic flight categories: “distance” and “time in air”.
A paper airplane is a toy aircraft, usually a glider made out of paper or paperboard. The practice of constructing paper planes is sometimes referred to as aerogami, after origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The origin of folded paper gliders is generally considered to be of Ancient China, although there is equal evidence that the refinement and development of folded gliders took place in equal measure in Japan.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th May:
451 – The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity
1596 – England, France & Netherlands signs Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut
1798 – British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy
1828 – Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg
1876 – HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
1896 – Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
1904 – In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
1908 – At Masjed Soleyman (???? ??????) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom
1919 – The Supreme Council of Allies, meeting at Versailles, decides to recognize two White Russian leaders, Admiral Kolchak and General Denikin, and support them against the Bolsheviks
1927 – Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie
1937 – San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opens
1938 – US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
1963 – Organization of African Unity forms
1965 – Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes
1972 – US President Nixon & Soviet leader Brezhnev sign SALT accord
1973 – Bahrain adopts its constitution
1987 – Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
1989 – Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
1993 – Long fly ball by Indians’ Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco’s head & goes over fence for a home run
2002 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars
2004 – The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction
2004 – The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing