Historical Events on 26th August

  • 1071 Battle of Manzikert, Byzantine Armenia (modern Malazgirt, Turkey). Fought between Byzantine Empire and Seljuq Turks.
  • 1278 Battle of Marchfeld: Rudolf of Habsburg defeats Ottokar II
  • 1303 Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.

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1346 Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III's English longbows defeat Philip VI's army, cannons used for first time in battle

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1466 A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.

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1498 Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.

Painter Michelangelo
  • 1541 Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Buda and annexes Hungary
  • 1545 Pope Paul III names his son Pierluigi Farnese as Duke of Parma
  • 1549 Battle of Dussingdale, near Norwich: John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, defeats rebels and ends "John Kett's Rebellion"
  • 1629 Cambridge Agreement, Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders agree to emigrate
  • 1634 Battle at Nordlingen Bavarian: emperor Ferdinand II & Spain beat Sweden & German protestants
  • 1641 West India Company conquerors Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola
  • 1648 People's uprising against Anna of Austria & Cardinal Mazarin
  • 1652 Battle of Plymouth: General-at-Sea George Ayscue of the Commonwealth of England attacked a convoy of the Dutch Republic commanded by Vice-Commodore Michiel de Ruyter. Dutch victory
  • 1745 Britan, Prussia & Hannover sign treaty
  • 1748 The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1778 The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1791 John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat
  • 1794 French troops occupy Lock
  • 1843 Charles Thurber patents a typewriter
  • 1846 Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" premieres
  • 1846 W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF)
  • 1858 First news dispatch by telegraph.
  • 1863 Battle of Rocky Gap, WV (White Sulphur Springs)
  • 1873 First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1874 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
  • 1894 Netherlands Social-Democratic Worker's party (SDAP) forms
  • 1895 Electric central at Niagara Falls gives 1st steam
  • 1896 Armenian revolutionairy assault on Ottoman Bank Constantinople
  • 1896 16th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1)
  • 1903 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • 1903 23rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned (6-0, 6-3, 10-8)

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1907 Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1909 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs
  • 1909 Middlesex beat Gloucs (Bristol) by Inn & 31 in a single day

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1912 Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1912 32nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Maurice McLoughlin beats Wallace F. Johnson (3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2)
  • 1913 33rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Maurice McLoughlin beats R. Norris Williams (6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1914 -9/10] Russian army attacks Austrian army in Galicia
  • 1914 Battle of Tannenberg (WWI) - 8th German army defeats Russian Narev army
  • 1915 German troops overrun Brest-Litovsk, Russia
  • 1916 Phila A's Bullet Joe Bush no-hits Cleve, 5-0
  • 1916 Yanks turn triple-play beating Browns 10-6
  • 1918 W Smith & F Bacon's "Lightnin'" premieres in NYC
  • 1920 Percy Fender (Surrey v Northants) scores 100 in 35 mins
  • 1922 Japanese cruiser Niitaka driven onto rocks in storm at Kamchatka, 284 killed
  • 1924 (August 13 Old Style) The Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor.
  • 1929 First US roller coaster built
  • 1930 Hack Wilson hits his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein's NL record
  • 1933 Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km)
  • 1935 CCC camp opens in Brecksville Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks
  • 1937 Franco's troops conquer Santander
  • 1937 Pumping to build Treasure Island in SF Bay is finished
  • 1938 British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine
  • 1938 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • 1939 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Bkln Dodgers (W2XBS NY)
  • 1939 Belgium mobilizes
  • 1939 Croatia gets autonomous status
  • 1940 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • 1940 Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
  • 1942 7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France
  • 1942 Japanse troops lands on New-Guinea, Milne Bay
  • 1942 Russian counter offensive begins in Moscow
  • 1942 Transport nr 24 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1944 Bulgaria announces withdrawal & German troops are to be disarmed
  • 1944 De Gaulle marches along the Champs-Elysees
  • 1944 US 12nd Army Corps crosses river Seine East of Paris
  • 1945 Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WW II
  • 1947 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
  • 1950 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • 1951 Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
  • 1951 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Best Picture 1952)
  • 1952 Fluoridation of SF water begins
  • 1955 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • 1956 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
  • 1956 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • 1957 USSR announces successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile
  • 1959 British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • 1961 Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto

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1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Salt Lake City Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1962 Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
  • 1963 W I beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • 1964 Italian Communist Party selects Luigi Longo as chairman

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1964 LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1966 Balt Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1966 KLOC (now KCSO) channel 42 in Charlotte, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1967 Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1967 Dean Chance pitches a 2-1 no-hitter, & Twins sweep Cleveland
  • 1967 Dutch 2nd Chamber demands US stop bombing North Vietnam
  • 1967 28th Venice Film Festival: "Belle de Jour" directed by Luis Bunuel wins Golden Lion
  • 1970 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)
  • 1971 Dutch Queen Juliana & Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
  • 1971 NY Giant football team announces they're leaving Bronx for NJ in 1975
  • 1971 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

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1971 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1972 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR

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1972 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1972 NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
  • 1972 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1973 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • 1973 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • 1973 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • 1973 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • 1974 Guinee-Bissau becomes independent of Portugal
  • 1974 Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
  • 1977 Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • 1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • 1978 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6

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1979 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1980 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • 1980 John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
  • 1981 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • 1981 Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan
  • 1982 NASA launches Telesat-F
  • 1983 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.

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1984 Betsy King wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1984 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 3k woman record (8:22.62) in Leningrad
  • 1984 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)

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1985 Balt Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

Person-of-interestThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985 French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior

  • 1985 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi" directed by Agnes Varda wins Golden Lion
  • 1986 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • 1986 Robert Chambers, the "Preppie Killer"murders Jennifer Levin in New York City's Central Park, afterwards claimed "rough sex" as motive
  • 1987 Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games
  • 1988 Mehran Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
  • 1989 Trumbull Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • 1990 2 slain college students found in Gainesville Florida
  • 1990 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Northgate Golf Classic
  • 1990 Bo Jackson hits 4th of 4 consecutive HRs
  • 1991 Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0
  • 1992 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1995 Andrew Symonds hits 20 sixes in match for Gloucs v Glamorgan
  • 1995 Lara completes 7th Test Cricket century, 179 at The Oval

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1996 President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

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1996 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Actress Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel
  • 1997 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 1999 Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
  • 2002 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2003 The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
  • 2008 Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
  • 2011 The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA

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2012 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • 2012 36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China
  • 2012 17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization
  • 2012 A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104
  • 2013 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia fail their university entrance examination
  • 2014 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa
  • 2014 Israel and Hamas accept another ceasefire
  • 2015 WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia