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History's Happenings for May 26

Johnson Impeachment Fails
1868

President Andrew Johnson

In a storm of political intrigue, President Andrew Johnson, who had succeeded President Lincoln upon his assassination three years earlier, was impeached by the House of Representatives in the spring of 1868.

Johnson was accused of firing Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton, who had powerful friends in Congress, and who had been protected in his job by the recent Tenure In Office Act. While a capable Secretary of War, Stanton had been a disloyal subordinate for Lincoln, and was even worse for Johnson, who had retained Lincoln's cabinet.

Thus Johnson was accused of breaking the law -- of "high crimes and misdemeanors". In his subsequent trial in the Senate, presided over by Chief Justice Salmon Chase, the needed two-thirds majority to convict failed by one vote, and Johnson was acquitted.

Martin Luther Banned by Edict
1521

Martin Luther

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Confederate Army in the West Surrenders
1865

Confederate battle flag

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First Oil Strike in Middle East
1908

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Evacuation of Dunkirk Begins
1940

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