May 26 in History: 500 Pequot Indians were massacred by allied forces in Pequot village, Connecticut

Historical importance of 26th May: From Birthdays to historical events, things that you can’t miss!


On this day many cities were conquered, many battles had happened and many discoveries, inventions were made around the globe. On this day India also has achieved a big success after conducting a successful test of Nuclear weapons and entered the league of the world’s nuclear powers.

Vilasrao Dagadojirao Deshmukh

Born on May 26, 1945, Vilasrao Dagadojirao Deshmukh was an Indian politician who served two terms as the Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra. He also served in the Union cabinet as the Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences.

Dilip Joshi

Born on May 26, 1968, Dilip Joshi is an Indian film and television actor. He has appeared in a number of serials as well as films. He is prominently known for his role of Jethalal Gada in the Indian sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.

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Indian Wrestler Sushil Kumar Solanki born

Born on May 26, 1983, Sushil Solanki is an Indian freestyle wrestler. He has competed in the 66 kg weight division when he won 2010 world title, a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which made him the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals. In 2014, Commonwealth Games, Sushil won the gold medal for the country in 74kg division.

Some International events happened this day in history

1635 Pequot massacres begin

On May 26, 1635, an allied force of Puritan and Mohegan under English Captain John Mason attacked Pequot village in Connecticut, near about 500 pequot Indians including women, men and children were massacred.

1865 Confederate general surrendered

On May 26, 1865, Edmund Kirby Smith, confederate general, surrendered on this day, one of the last confederate generals to recapitulate. After 23 days of his surrender, Brigadier General Stand Watie, became the last Confederate field general to surrender.

1896 Czar Nicholas II crowned

On May 26, 1896, Czar Nicholas II the last ruler of Russia was crowned in the Ouspensky Cathedral in Moscow. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Czar Alexander III in November 1894.

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1897 Dracula on sale in London

On May 26, 1897, the first copy of the classical vampire novel Dracula written by Irish writer Bram Stoker showed in the London bookshops. Dracula is a story of a vampire who finds his way from Transylvania to Yorkshire and targets on innocents there to get the blood he needs to live.

1940 operation Dunkirk Begins

On May 26, 1940, codenamed operation Dynamo took place on May 26 till June 4, 1940, during World War II as a part of the battle of France. In this operation more than 338,000 Allied forces were evacuated from the beach at Dunkirk after the German invasion of France.

1969 Apollo 10 returned to earth

On May 26, 1969, Apollo 10 returned to earth. It was the 4th crewed mission in the United States Apollo program. Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young and Eugene A. Cernan were three crew members in the Apollo 10.

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