Today in History: May 26

This is an undated photo of the seventeenth President of the United States Andrew Johnson. (AP Photo)

In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

H.A. Smith (extreme left) and Rep.J.Parnell Thomas (R-NJ) (right centre) stand with hands upraised Oct, 20, 1947 as Smith, committee investigator, is sworn in as the first witness  at a House Un-American Activity Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., dealing with Communist influence in Hollywood. Committee members at the desk at the right are (from left) Rep. Richard B. Vail (R-Ill); John McDowell (R-Pa); Thomas; Richard M. Nixon (R-Calif); and Rep. John J. Delaney (D-NY), a guest at the hearing. (AP Photo)
In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress. Photo: H.A. Smith (extreme left) and Rep.J.Parnell Thomas (R-NJ) (right centre) stand with hands upraised Oct, 20, 1947 as Smith, committee investigator, is sworn in as the first witness at a House Un-American Activity Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., dealing with Communist influence in Hollywood. Committee members at the desk at the right are (from left) Rep. Richard B. Vail (R-Ill); John McDowell (R-Pa); Thomas; Richard M. Nixon (R-Calif); and Rep. John J. Delaney (D-NY), a guest at the hearing. (AP Photo) (AP)
FILE- In this June 19, 1973, file photo, president Richard Nixon, center left, is engaged in a conversation with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, center right, while sailing down the Potomac River aboard the yacht Sequoia. A Delaware judge is holding a hearing Wednesday, May 11, 2016, to determine a price at which a lender can exercise an option to purchase the former presidential yacht Sequoia or cede possession to its current owners. (AP Photo, File)

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.) In this 1973 file photo, Nixon, center left, is engaged in a conversation with Brezhnev, center right, while sailing down the Potomac River aboard the yacht Sequoia. (AP Photo, File) (AP)

In this picture taken Oct. 9, 2016, a portrait of Vlad the Impaler is hung on a wall in Bran Castle, in Bran, Romania. Airbnb has launched a contest to find two people to stay overnight in the castle on Halloween, popularly known as Dracula’s castle because of its connection to the cruel real-life prince Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the legend of Dracula. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
In 1897, the Gothic horror novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker was first published in London. This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows a rare poster for the 1931 horror film “Dracula” that has sold for $525,800. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the sale Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, appears be the highest amount a movie poster has garnered at auction. Heritage says the poster, which features the image of actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula, is one of only two known surviving of that particular version. (Photo Courtesy Heritage Auctions via AP) (AP)
FILE--In this is a 1924 file photo, the registry room at Ellis Island in New York harbor. Immigration to the U.S has come in swells and dips over the past two-plus centuries, driven by shifts in U.S. policy, the mood in the country and world events. Labor shortages, racial tension, economic forces, religious prejudice and national security concerns all fit into the picture. (AP Photo/file)
In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island, historic gateway for millions of immigrants, was mainly in New Jersey, not New York. FILE–In this is a 1924 file photo, the registry room at Ellis Island in New York harbor. Immigration to the U.S has come in swells and dips over the past two-plus centuries, driven by shifts in U.S. policy, the mood in the country and world events. Labor shortages, racial tension, economic forces, religious prejudice and national security concerns all fit into the picture. (AP Photo/file)
This undated photo provided by the National Women's Hall of Fame shows Sonia Sotomayor who is among the 10 members of the National Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2019, that was announced Friday, March 8, 2019, in New York City. Sotomayor was nominated to the nation's highest court by President Barack Obama in 2009, and is the third woman and the first Latina justice to serve on the Supreme Court. (Courtesy of National Women's Hall of Fame Class via AP)
In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. California’s Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban but said the 18,000 same-sex weddings that had taken place before the prohibition passed were still valid. File – This undated photo provided by the National Women’s Hall of Fame shows Sonia Sotomayor who is among the 10 members of the National Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019, that was announced Friday, March 8, 2019, in New York City. Sotomayor was nominated to the nation’s highest court by President Barack Obama in 2009, and is the third woman and the first Latina justice to serve on the Supreme Court. (Courtesy of National Women’s Hall of Fame Class via AP) (AP)
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This is an undated photo of the seventeenth President of the United States Andrew Johnson. (AP Photo)
H.A. Smith (extreme left) and Rep.J.Parnell Thomas (R-NJ) (right centre) stand with hands upraised Oct, 20, 1947 as Smith, committee investigator, is sworn in as the first witness  at a House Un-American Activity Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., dealing with Communist influence in Hollywood. Committee members at the desk at the right are (from left) Rep. Richard B. Vail (R-Ill); John McDowell (R-Pa); Thomas; Richard M. Nixon (R-Calif); and Rep. John J. Delaney (D-NY), a guest at the hearing. (AP Photo)
FILE- In this June 19, 1973, file photo, president Richard Nixon, center left, is engaged in a conversation with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, center right, while sailing down the Potomac River aboard the yacht Sequoia. A Delaware judge is holding a hearing Wednesday, May 11, 2016, to determine a price at which a lender can exercise an option to purchase the former presidential yacht Sequoia or cede possession to its current owners. (AP Photo, File)
In this picture taken Oct. 9, 2016, a portrait of Vlad the Impaler is hung on a wall in Bran Castle, in Bran, Romania. Airbnb has launched a contest to find two people to stay overnight in the castle on Halloween, popularly known as Dracula’s castle because of its connection to the cruel real-life prince Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the legend of Dracula. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
FILE--In this is a 1924 file photo, the registry room at Ellis Island in New York harbor. Immigration to the U.S has come in swells and dips over the past two-plus centuries, driven by shifts in U.S. policy, the mood in the country and world events. Labor shortages, racial tension, economic forces, religious prejudice and national security concerns all fit into the picture. (AP Photo/file)
This undated photo provided by the National Women's Hall of Fame shows Sonia Sotomayor who is among the 10 members of the National Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2019, that was announced Friday, March 8, 2019, in New York City. Sotomayor was nominated to the nation's highest court by President Barack Obama in 2009, and is the third woman and the first Latina justice to serve on the Supreme Court. (Courtesy of National Women's Hall of Fame Class via AP)

Today is Sunday, May 26, the 146th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 26, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

On this date:

In 1647, Alse (Alice) Young was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, in the first recorded execution of a “witch” in the American colonies.

In 1865, Confederate forces west of the Mississippi surrendered in New Orleans.

In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges.

In 1897, the Gothic horror novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker was first published in London.

In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress.

In 1940, Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of some 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.

In 1954, explosions rocked the aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 sailors. (The initial blast was blamed on leaking catapult fluid ignited by the flames of a jet.)

In 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

In 1978, Resorts Casino Hotel, the first legal U.S. casino outside Nevada, opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court made it far more difficult for police to be sued by people hurt during high-speed chases. The Supreme Court also ruled that Ellis Island, historic gateway for millions of immigrants, was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.

In 2005, President George W. Bush received Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House; Bush called Abbas a courageous democratic reformer and bolstered his standing at home with $50 million in assistance.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. California’s Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban but said the 18,000 same-sex weddings that had taken place before the prohibition passed were still valid.

Five years ago: Pope Francis honored Jews killed in the Holocaust and in terrorist attacks during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem as he wrapped up his Mideast pilgrimage. Egypt began holding a three-day presidential election (former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi emerged the landslide winner).

One year ago: Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman, but was jailed and labeled as the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by Venezuela’s anti-American government and returned to the United States with his wife. The leaders of North and South Korea met for the second time in a month in a surprise summit at a border village to discuss Kim Jong Un’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump.

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