On This Day

On This Day in History for August 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, National Hurricane Center warns of “multiday rainfall disaster”
  • 2017 Violent clashes after conviction of spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh kill 31 in Panchkula, 120 admitted to hospital
  • 2017 Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks

BeatificationPapal Visit

2018 Pope Francis asks for forgiveness in speech on child abuse in Dublin, during first official visit to Ireland since 1979

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2018 Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President of Zimbabwe

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa
President of Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
  • 2018 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigns after losing Liberal Party leadership contest
  • 2018 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former US Vatican Ambassador, claims Pope Francis knew of and ignored sex abuse allegations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
  • 2019 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay state of Oklahoma $572 million in 1st trial against opioid manufacturer

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2019 Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposes moving the country's sinking and over-crowded capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo (Kalimantan)

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 2019 Meeting of the G7 agrees on $20 million aid package to fight fires in the Amazon in Biarritz
  • 2019 Leo DiCaprio's environmental organization Earth Alliance donates $5m to fighting fires in the Amazon
  • 2020 Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (29) is the youngest to win the International Booker prize for their debut novel "The Discomfort of Evening"
  • 2020 At least 100 people killed in flash floods in the city of Charikar, Afghanistan, with 500 houses destroyed

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Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History