May 26 Today in History and a Pagan Word for Today

Today’s Important Historical Events

1896 Dow Jones index begins with an average of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

1908 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom

1927 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie

1948 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy

2004 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

Today’s Historical Events

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.

961 German King Otto II crowned

1328 William of Ockham [Occam] forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII

1526 Four remaining ships of the Spanish Laoisa Expedition sail into the Pacific Ocean, soon be separated in a storm, only one will successfully cross to reach the Spice Islands)

1538 Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

1596 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain

1637 Mystic Massacre: in 1st battle of Pequot War in Connecticut about 500 Pequot Native Americans are killed by Colonial forces

1647 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1913 US Actors’ Equity Association forms (NYC)

1963 15th Emmy Awards: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

1982 35th Cannes Film Festival: “Missing” directed by Costa Gavras and “Yol” directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Güney jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

1987 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe

1993 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 14th time

2002 55th Cannes Film Festival: “The Pianist” directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d’Or

2004 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

2013 66th Cannes Film Festival: “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche wins the Palme d’Or. The two main actresses in the film, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux also awarded

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1946 Darius Milhaud‘s 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague

1955 “7th Heaven” opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances

1962 “All American” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances

1964 “Fade Out-Fade In” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances

1967 EMI rush releases The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts Club Band” in London and select markets in the UK, prior to nation-wide release; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1973 Beatles’ “Beatles 1967-1970” album (the blue one) goes #1

1973 “Funky Worm” by Ohio Players hits #15

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1874 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5

1883 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5

1884 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 against an England XI in a tour match in Birmingham; match over in just 4 hours

1894 German Emanuel Lasker becomes undisputed World Chess Champion by beating Austrian-American defending titleholder Wilhelm Steinitz, 10-5 (4 draws) in Montreal, Canada

1898 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32

1907 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game

1917 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field

1923 Inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for cars starts through public roads around Le Mans, France; inaugural winners: André Lagache and René Léonard (France) for Chenard & Walcker

Pagan & Magickal Terms and Definitions

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Today’s Word is

Blessed be:

phrase generally indicating blessings upon a person, object, etc. (example “blessed by thy feet’); frequently used at the end of prayers and the like similarly to “amen” from Christian-based practices. Some Wiccans and Pagans report using the phrase as a greeting or parting. (see also Merry Meet and Merry Part)