This Day in History: May 26

1521 Martin Luther

1521 – Martin Luther declared a heretic by the Edict of Worms. Passed this day in 1521, the Edict of Worms banned the writings of Martin Luther—a German cleric whose efforts to change the church led to the Reformation—and declared him an outlaw and a heretic who was to be captured.


1966 – Formerly a colony of the Dutch and later the British, Guyana gained its independence.

John Wayne in True Grit

1907 – Motion-picture actor John Wayne, who embodied the image of the strong, taciturn cowboy or soldier, was born in Winterset, Iowa.

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