What Happened on August 26

Significant 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
  • 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)
  • 1945 Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WWII
  • 1959 British Motor Corporation introduced 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

August 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)

August 26 in Music

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

August 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

On August 26, 2013

Famous Weddings

  • 1926 Poet Arna Bontemps (24) weds fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Alberta Johnson
  • 1946 "Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich
  • 1965 Mobster and nbi informant Henry Hill (22) weds Karen Friedman in North Carolina
  • 2006 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2006 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland

Famous Divorces

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