On This Day: May 26th
This is 147th day of the year and 219 days remain in the year.
After more than 50 years of struggle, South Sudan declares independence and becomes Africa's 54th state.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1–0, in the 13th.
George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines—a penny per floor.
Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general responsible for the massacre of over 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995, is found and arrested in Lazarevo, a farming town north of Belgrade, Serbia.
May 26 BirthdaysSally K. RideAmerican astronaut, 1951-2012
Al Jolsonactor, singer
Washington Augustus Roeblingengineer