On this day – 26th May

1521   Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings

1660   King Charles II of England landed at Dover after being exiled for nine years
1831   Russians defeated the Poles at battle of Ostrolenska
1896   The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned
1946   British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a “close collaboration after the war.”
1998   The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built