26 May 1954
  • US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles rejected a proposed amnesty for the imprisoned war criminals, but agreed to reduce the eligibility for parole from 15 years imprisonment to 10 years. ww2dbase [Tokyo Trial and Other Trials Against Japan | CPC]
  • Chen Cheng stepped down from his position as head of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China. ww2dbase [Chen Cheng | CPC]
United States
  • USS Ray arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States and was detached from the US Navy 6th Fleet. ww2dbase [Ray | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
  • While steaming off Rhode Island, USS Bennington's port catapult exploded releasing hydraulic oil under high pressure that instantly ignited. 103 officers and men were killed while over 200 more were badly injured, most with severe burns. ww2dbase [Bennington | Rhode Island | DS]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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