On This Day

What Happened on August 26

Important Events

  • 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
  • 1682 English astronomer Edmond Halley first observes the comet named after him
  • 1873 First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1924 The Catastrophe of Smyrna: known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor. (August 13 OS)
  • 1959 British Motor Corporation introduces the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis, it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • 1996 US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy
More Historical Events

Aug 26 in Film & TV

  • 1951 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)

Aug 26 in Music

  • 1968 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles in US (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)

Aug 26 in Sport

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

Did You Know?

Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds

On August 26, 1907

Would You Believe?

All 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia fail their university entrance examination

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