Today is Sunday, May 26, the 146th day of 2013. There are 219 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 26, 1913, Actors' Equity Association was organized by a group of actors at the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York; the union's first president was Francis Wilson.
On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms (vohrms) because of his religious beliefs and writings.
In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress.
In 1941, the American Flag House, where Betsy Ross once lived, was donated to the city of Philadelphia.
In 1942, the U.S. War Department formally established the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). The Tule (TOO'-lee) Lake Segregation Center for Japanese-American wartime internees opened in northern California.
In 1952, representatives of the United States, Britain, France and West Germany signed the Bonn Convention granting conditional sovereignty to, and ending the Allied occupation of, West Germany.
In 1960, U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)
In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court made it far more difficult for police to be sued by people hurt during high-speed chases. The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island -- historic gateway for millions of immigrants -- is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
On May 26, 1933, the man credited with being country music's first superstar died of tuberculosis in New York City at the age of 35. Jimmie Rodgers' first million-seller was "T for Texas," also known as "Blue Yodel."
In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis played the third and last show of what was supposed to have been a 37-date British tour. News of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin prompted demands that he be deported. That night he was booed off the stage.
In 1962, the Isley Brothers released "Twist and Shout."
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their second "Bed-In for Peace" in Montreal.
In 1977, singer William Powell of The O'Jays died in Canton, Ohio, after a long bout with cancer.
In 1994, game show host Bob Barker admitted to a personal relationship with "Price Is Right" model Dian Parkinson but denied that he sexually harassed her.
In 1995, Warner Brothers animator Friz Freleng died at the age of 86.
In 2001, Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 married Jennifer Jenkins at Coronado Island, California. Jimmy Eat World played at the wedding.
In 2004, Fantasia Barrino was named winner of the third edition of "American Idol," beating out Diana DeGarmo.
Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 74. Steel guitar player Gates Nichols of Confederate Railroad is 69. Drummer Garry Peterson of The Guess Who is 68. Singer Stevie Nicks is 65. Actor Philip Michael Thomas ("Miami Vice") is 64. Actress Pam Grier is 64. Country singer Hank Williams Junior is 64. Actress Margaret Colin is 56. Singer Dave Robbins (BlackHawk) is 54. Actress Genie Francis ("General Hospital") is 51. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 51. Singer Lenny Kravitz is 49. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 47. Drummer Phillip Rhodes of The Gin Blossoms is 45. Actor Joseph Fiennes (FYNZ) ("Shakespeare in Love") is 43. Singer Joey Kibble of Take 6 is 42. "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone is 42. Bassist Nathan Cochran of MercyMe is 35. Actress Elisabeth Harnois ("CSI") is 34. Actor Hrach Titizian ("Homeland") is 34.