2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
1998 – The first "National Sorry Day" was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
1972 – The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
1948 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 80-557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
1938 – In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually in June.
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 Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
1897 – The original manuscript of William Bradford's history, "Of Plymouth Plantation" is returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.
1896 – Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
1864 – Montana is organized as a United States territory.
1783 – A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrated the end of fighting in American Revolution.
1993 – Jimmy Vesey, American ice hockey player. Jimmy Vesey (born May 26, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey left winger for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1981 – Ben Zobrist, American baseball player. Benjamin Thomas Zobrist (/ˈzoʊbrɪst/; born May 26, 1981), nicknamed Zorilla, is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder who is a free agent.
1981 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist. Isaac Edward Slade (born May 26, 1981) is an American musician and the lead vocalist, main songwriter, pianist and co-founder of Colorado-based rock band The Fray.
1979 – Amanda Bauer, American astronomer and academic. Amanda Elaine Bauer (born 26 May 1979) is an American professional astronomer and science communicator, currently based in Tucson, Arizona working as Head of Education and Public Outreach at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
1979 – Elisabeth Harnois, American actress. As a child, she starred as Alice in Disney's Adventures in Wonderland and as an adult, she starred as Morgan Brody in the CBS forensics drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2011 to 2015.
1978 – Phil Elvrum, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Phil Elverum (born Phil Elvrum; May 23, 1978) is an American songwriter, producer and visual artist, best known for his musical projects The Microphones and Mount Eerie.
1977 – Raina Telgemeier, American author and cartoonist, was published by Scholastic Press's Graphix imprint as a full-color graphic novel in February 2010. Smile, as well as the follow-up Sisters and the fiction graphic novel Drama have all been on The New York Times Best Seller lists.
1976 – Justin Pierre, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He was the co-founder and lead vocalist of the pop punk band Motion City Soundtrack, and is known for his interests and pursuits in film making and production of music.
1976 – Kenny Florian, American mixed martial artist and sportscaster. He currently serves as the UFC on Fox analyst, color commentator on the robot combat television series BattleBots and color commentator for UFC Fight Night.
1975 – Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records.
1973 – Naomi Harris, Canadian-American photographer. She is known for her portraits of people from sub-cultures such as retirement communities and nudist beaches.
1971 – Matt Stone, American actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer. Stone was interested in film and music as a child and at high school, and attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he met Parker.
1969 – Siri Lindley, American triathlete and coach. She has coached a number of Olympic and Ironman athletes and champions, including Mirinda Carfrae, Leanda Cave, Sarah True, and Susan Williams.
1964 – Caitlín R. Kiernan, Irish-American paleontologist and author. Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan (born 26 May 1964) is an Irish-born American author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including ten novels, many comic books, and more than two hundred and fifty published short stories, novellas, and vignettes.
1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
1962 – Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Robert Francis Goldthwait (born May 26, 1962), better known as Bobcat Goldthwait, is an American comedian, director, actor, voice actor, and screenwriter, known for his acerbic black comedy, delivered through an energetic stage persona with an unusual gruff and high-pitched voice.
1962 – Genie Francis, Canadian-American actress. Eugenie Ann Francis Frakes (born May 26, 1962) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Laura Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.
1961 – Steve Pate, American golfer. Stephen Robert Pate (born May 26, 1961) is an American professional golfer who has played on both the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.
1961 – Tarsem Singh, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter. Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (born 26 May 1961), known professionally as Tarsem, is an Indian director who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials.
1960 – Doug Hutchison, American actor. Doug Anthony Hutchison (born May 26, 1960) is an American character actor, known for playing disturbing and antagonistic characters.
1960 – Rob Murphy, American baseball player, was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for eleven seasons in the 1980s and 1990s. Murphy played college baseball for the University of Florida, and was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft.
1958 – Margaret Colin, American actress. She is known for her roles as Margo Hughes on As the World Turns and as Eleanor Waldorf-Rose on Gossip Girl.
1958 – Ronnie Black, American golfer. Ronald Jay Black (born May 26, 1958) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.
1955 – Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese-American chef. Masaharu Morimoto (森本 正治, Morimoto Masaharu, born May 26, 1955, in Hiroshima, Japan) is a Japanese chef, best known as an Iron Chef on the Japanese TV cooking show Iron Chef and its spinoff Iron Chef America.
1955 – Wesley Walker, American football player and educator. Wesley Darcel Walker (born May 26, 1955) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the New York Jets from 1977 to 1989.
1953 – Dan Roundfield, American basketball player (d. 2012), was an American professional basketball player. The 6'8" forward/center graduated from Detroit's Chadsey Senior High School in 1971.
1953 – Kay Hagan, American lawyer and politician, was an American lawyer, banking executive, and politician who served as a United States Senator from North Carolina from 2009 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the North Carolina Senate from 1999 to 2009.
1952 – David Meece, American singer-songwriter and pianist. David Meece (born May 26, 1952) is an American contemporary Christian musician who enjoyed success in the mid 1980s throughout the early 2000s with more than 30 Top 10 hits (several reaching No. 1).
1951 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut, founded Sally Ride Science (d. 2012), was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.
1949 – Hank Williams Jr., American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr., or alternatively as "Bocephus", is an American country music & southern rock singer-songwriter and musician.
1949 – Pam Grier, American actress. Her other films during this period include The Big Doll House (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Black Mama, White Mama (1973), Scream Blacula Scream (1973), The Arena (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975), Bucktown (1975) and Friday Foster (1975).
1949 – Philip Michael Thomas, American actor. His first notable roles were in Coonskin (1975) and opposite Irene Cara in the 1976 film Sparkle.
1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer, developed the first wiki, was a co-author of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. A pioneer in both design patterns and extreme programming, he started coding the WikiWikiWeb in 1994, and installed it on the website of the software consultancy he started with his wife, Karen, Cunningham & Cunningham (commonly known by its domain name, c2.com), on March 25, 1995, as an add-on to the Portland Pattern Repository.
1948 – Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter. She is known for her distinctive voice, mystical stage persona and poetic, symbolic lyrics.
1947 – Carol O'Connell, American author and painter. Carol O'Connell (born May 26, 1947, in New York) is an author of crime fiction, with a large series of crime books focusing around the character Kathy Mallory.
1945 – Garry Peterson, Canadian-American drummer. Garry Dennis Peterson (born May 26, 1945) is a Canadian drummer who has been a long-term member of the Canadian rock band The Guess Who.
1944 – Phil Edmonston, American-Canadian journalist and politician. Along with Andrew Scheer, he is one of the few politicians with dual American and Canadian citizenship to be elected to the Parliament of Canada.
1944 – Sam Posey, American race car driver and journalist. Sam Posey (born May 26, 1944, in New York City, New York) is a retired American racing driver and sports broadcast journalist.
1941 – Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and criminal, was convicted of espionage in 1994. He is serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole, in the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana, United States.
1940 – Levon Helm, American singer-songwriter, drummer, producer, and actor (d. 2012), was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style, highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".
1939 – Brent Musburger, American sportscaster. Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939) is an American sportscaster, currently the lead broadcaster and managing editor at Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) and radio play-by-play voice for the Oakland Raiders.
1939 – Herb Trimpe, American author and illustrator (d. 2015), was an American comics artist and occasional writer, best known as the seminal 1970s artist on The Incredible Hulk and as the first artist to draw for publication the character Wolverine, who later became a breakout star of the X-Men.
1938 – William Bolcom, American pianist and composer. Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973–2008.
1933 – Edward Whittemore, American soldier and author (d. 1995), was an American novelist, the author of five novels written between 1974 and 1987, including the highly praised series Jerusalem Quartet. He had started his career as a case officer in the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations (Asia, Middle East and Europe) between 1958 and 1967.
1928 – Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, author, and assisted suicide activist (d. 2011), was an American pathologist and euthanasia proponent. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die by physician-assisted suicide, embodied in his quote "Dying is not a crime".
1926 – Miles Davis, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991), was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.
1923 – James Arness, American actor (d. 2011), was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 years in the CBS television series Gunsmoke. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-television Gunsmoke films in the 1990s.
1922 – Troy Smith, American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (d. 2009). Troy James Smith (born July 20, 1984) is an American former gridiron football quarterback.
1920 – Peggy Lee, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2002), was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer.
1915 – Vernon Alley, American bassist (d. 2004), was an American jazz bassist.
1914 – Frankie Manning, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009), was an American dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Manning is considered one of the founders of Lindy Hop, an energetic form of the jazz dance style known as swing.
1912 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (d. 1980), was a Mohawk actor and athlete. He was well known for his role as Tonto, the faithful Native American companion of the Lone Ranger in the long-running American western television series The Lone Ranger.
1911 – Henry Ephron, American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1992), was an American playwright, screenwriter and film producer who often worked with his wife, Phoebe (née Wolkind). He was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s.
1907 – John Wayne, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1979), was an American actor, filmmaker, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. He was among the top box office draws for three decades.
1898 – Ernst Bacon, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990), was an American composer, pianist, and conductor. A prolific author, Bacon composed over 250 songs over his career.
1895 – Dorothea Lange, American photographer and journalist (d. 1965), was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs influenced the development of documentary photography and humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.
1895 – Paul Lukas, Hungarian-American actor and singer (d. 1971), was a Hungarian actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film Watch on the Rhine (1943), reprising the role he created on the Broadway stage.
1894 – Norma Talmadge, American actress and producer (d. 1957), was an American actress and film producer of the silent era. A major box-office draw for more than a decade, her career reached a peak in the early 1920s, when she ranked among the most popular idols of the American screen.
1886 – Al Jolson, American singer and actor (d. 1950), was an American singer, comedian, and actor. He was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer" at the peak of his career.
1883 – Mamie Smith, American singer, actress, dancer, and pianist (d. 1946), was an American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress. As a vaudeville singer she performed in various styles, including jazz and blues.
1880 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (d. 1967), was an American composer and music educator. Most of his life was spent in the midwest, particularly Indiana and Wisconsin.
1865 – Robert W. Chambers, American author and illustrator (d. 1933), was an American artist and fiction writer, best known for his book of short stories titled The King in Yellow, published in 1895.
1822 – Edmond de Goncourt, French author and critic, founded the Académie Goncourt (d. 1896), was a French writer, literary critic, art critic, book publisher and the founder of the Académie Goncourt.
2016 – Hedy Epstein, German-born American human rights activist and Holocaust survivor (b. 1924)
2015 – Dayton Waller, American soldier and politician (b. 1925)
2015 – Robert Kraft, American astronomer and academic (b. 1927)
2014 – Miodrag Radulovacki, Serbian-American academic and neuropharmacologist (b. 1933)
2014 – William R. Roy, American physician, journalist, and politician (b. 1926)
2013 – Jack Vance, American author (b. 1916)
2013 – John Bierwirth, American lawyer and businessman (b. 1924)
2013 – Ray Barnhart, American businessman and politician (b. 1928)
2013 – Tom Lichtenberg, American football player and coach (b. 1940)
2012 – Leo Dillon, American illustrator (b. 1933)
2010 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (b. 1912)
2008 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
2007 – Howard Porter, American basketball player (b. 1948)