<b>May 26th - </b> 1596 - England, France and Netherlands signs Drievoudig Covenant against Spain 1670 - A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending hostilities between them. 1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy. 1819 - The first steam-propelled vessel to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing, the 350-ton Savannah, departed from Savannah, Ga., May 26 and arrived in Liverpool, England, Jun 20. 1834 - Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates 1861 - US Civil War - Union blockaded New Orleans, LA., and Mobile, AL. 1867 - Mary, queen of Great Britain-North Ireland, was born 1876 - HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration 1896 - Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia, was crowned.