August, on this day
55 BC - Roman forces
Ceasar invade Britain
of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeat Premysl Ottokar
II of Bohemia in the
Battle of Marchfield near Dürnkrut in Moravia.
ud din Khilji won Chittor.
III of England, aided by his son, Edward, the Black Prince, defeat
a numerically superior French Army at the battle
1466 A conjure against Piero
di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
commissioned to carve the Pietà
Agreement, Mass Bay Co stockholders agree to emigrate
1748 The first Lutheran
denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bark Endeavour expedition under Captain James
Cook sets sail from England.
1778 The first recorded ascent of Triglav,
the highest mountain of Slovenia
1789 The French Assembly adopts the Declaration
of the Rights of Man
Fitch grants US patent for his working steamboat
1818 The first
Illinois Constitution was signed in Kaskaskia.
1839 The ship Amistad
is captured off Long Island.
1858 First news dispatch by
1874 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
1883 Start of two days' continual volcanic eruptions on the island
in the Sundra Strait between Sumatra and Java. Tidal waves caused
by the eruptions kill an estimated 36,000 and leave most of the island
escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec
1914 Germans defeat Russians in Battle
1914 The British
Expeditionary Force briefly checks the German advance at Le
1914 The German colony of Togoland
is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days
1920 United States of America ratifies the 19th
Amendment to the Constitution - granting women the right to vote
1922 Turkish Army started the last attack on Greeks in the Turkish
War of Independence.
1924 (August 13 Old Style) Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia
Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks
and other non-Turks from Asia Minor in systematic ethnic cleansing.
One of the first cases of ethic cleansing in the 20th Century.
1936 In Britain, the BBC transmits the first high-definition television
pictures. More than 7000 people queue at the Olympia Radio Show to
see the pictures being beamed onto local television sets from
Alexandra Palace in north London
1940 The RAF bomb Berlin for the first time in retaliation for bombing
raids on London
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 rounded up in Vichy
Free Zone of France
1942 Holocaust in Chortkiv,
western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei starts driving
Jews out of houses, splits in groups of 120, packs them in freight
cars and deports 2000 Jews to Belzec death camp. 500 of sick and children
murdered on the spot.
de Gaulle enters Paris.
1957 USSR announces successful test of
intercontinental ballistic missile
1959 British car manufacturers Austin and Morris launch a small family
car known as the 'Mini'
1964 LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
1972 Summer Olympics
open in Munich, West Germany
1973 U of Tx (Arlington) is 1st accredited school to offer belly dancing
1974 Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of
1978 In Rome, Cardinal Albino
Luciani is elected Pope John Paul I. Within 33 days he dies of
a heart attack
Jahn becomes the first German in space - on board the Russian
spacecraft Soyuz 31
Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
1983 Flooding destroys most of the old
town of Bilbao, Spain.
1987 President Ronald
Wilson Reagan proclaims September 11, 1987 as 9-1-1
Emergency Number Day.
Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles
de Gaulle International Airport.
1990 2 slain college students found in Gainesville, Florida
Clinton signs welfare
reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
1997 In Britain, Diana, Princess of Wales, condemns the previous Conservative
Government as 'hopeless' over the issue of the banning landmines
massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed. .
Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space
Shuttle Columbia disaster.
occurred on 26th August :
1676 Sir Robert
Walpole (Whig) British PM (1721-42)
1728 Johann Lambert Switzerland, mathematician, proved ã is
1740 Joseph Montgolfier France, aeronaut (ballooning)
1743 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier Paris, father of mod chemistry (Oxygen)
1820 James Harlan (Rep-Iowa)/US Seretary of Interior (1865-66)
1850 Charles Richet French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913)
1873 Lee De Forest Council Bluffs, inventor (Audion vacuum (radio)
1875 Sir John Buchan Scotland, Gov-Gen of Canada/writer
1880 Guillaume Apollinaire France, poet/movie critic (Alcoola)
1884 Earl Biggers author ("Charlie Chan" detective series)
1885 Jules Romains France, novelist/dramatist/poet (Men of Good Will)
19-- Brett Cullen Houston Tx, actor (Bob-Thorn Birds)
19-- Jon Hensley Doylestown, Penn, actor (As the World Turns)
19-- Jorge De Sait rocker (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)
19-- Richard Kantor Bkln NY, actor (Brian-Finder of Lost Loves)
1901 Gen Maxwell D Taylor former US Army chief of staff
1904 Christopher Isherwood England, novelist/playwright (I Am a Camera)
1906 Dr Albert B Sabin polio vaccine discoverer
1909 Frank Gasparro Phila Pa, US chief engraver (1965-81)
1911 Lester Lanin orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
1914 Julio Cort zar Argentina, writer (We Love Glenda So Much)
1915 Jim Davis Edgerton Mo, actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas)
1917 Jan Clayton Tularosa NM, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie)
1917 William French Smith Attorney General (1981-85)
1919 Ronny Graham Phila Pa, actor (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the
1921 Benjamin C Bradlee journalist (Wash Post)
1921 William Preston Columbia Penn (Penn State), actor
1927 Francois Leydet sierra club (Last Redwoods)
1927 Sam Massell
1932 Joe H Engle Abilene Ks, Brig Gen USAF/astro (STS T-2, T-4, 2,
1935 Geraldine Ferraro (Rep-D-NY) 1st female major-party VP candidate
1937 Tom Heinsohn NBA star/coach (Boston Celtic)
1938 Francine York Aurora Minn, actress (Slattery's People)
1942 John E Blaha San Antonio, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 29, 33, STS
1942 Vic Dana Buffalo, singer/dancer (Talent Scouts)
1943 Ulf Sundelin Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
1947 Candy Moore Maplewood NJ, actress (Lunch Wagon, Tomboy &
1948 Jet Black rocker (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
1948 Valerie Simpson Bronx, singer, Ashford's partner (Like a Rock)
1952 John Kinsella USA, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
1954 Steve Wright Britain's wacky DJ
1957 Alex Trevino catcher (LA Dodgers)
1960 Branford Marsalis actor (Bring on the Night)
1960 Ola Ray St Louis Mo, playmate (Jun, 1980) (Thriller)
1965 Chris Burke actor with down syndrome (Life Goes On)
1981 Macauley Culkin actor (Home Alone, My Girl)
Deaths which occurred
on August 26th:
1963 Larry Keating actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at
1966 Art Baker TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 67
1974 Charles Lindbergh dies at 72 in his Hawaiian home
1976 Warner Anderson actor (Doctor, Lineup, Peyton Place), dies at
1977 HA Rey author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
1978 Charles Boyer actor (The Rogues), dies at 78
1981 Roger Nash Baldwin founder of the ACLU, dies
1983 Mike Kellin actor (Honestly Celeste), dies at 61 of cancer
1984 Julie Stevens actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
1986 Jennifer Levin strangled by Robert Chambers in Central Park
1986 Ted Knight actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show), dies at 62