26 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Sir Robert Walpole, 1676
  • Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, 1740
  • Antoine Lavoisier, 1743
  • Albert, Prince Consort, 1819
  • Lee De Forest, 1873
  • Earl Long, 1895
  • Peggy Guggenheim, 1898
  • Christopher Isherwood, 1904
  • Albert Sabin, 1906
  • Benjamin Bradlee, 1921
  • Irving R. Levine, 1922
  • Geraldine Ferraro, 1935
  • Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, 1944
  • Valerie Simpson, 1948
  • Michael Jeter, 1952
  • Branford Marsalis, 1960
  • Macaulay Culkin, 1980

Died On This Day:

  • King Ottocar of Bohemia, 1278
  • Louis-Phillipe Citizen King of France, 1850
  • Tony Pastor, 1908
  • Lon Chaney, 1930
  • Frank Harris, 1931
  • Andrew William Mellon, 1937
  • Franz Werfel, 1945
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1958
  • Sir Francis Chichester, 1972
  • Charles Lindbergh, 1974
  • Lotte Lehmann, 1976
  • Charles Boyer suicide, 1978
  • Ted Knight, 1986
  • Irving Stone, 1989
  • Dominick Dunne, 2009
  • Neil Simon, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 55 BC - Julius Caesar's first invasion of Britain.
  • 1346 - Cannon first used in battle by Edward III during defeat of Philip VI of France at Crecy. (note 2 finger insult story).
  • 1498 - Michelangelo, 23, commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the 'Pieta'; completed in 1501.
  • 1776 - Continental Congress passes first pension act for soldiers incapacitated by wartime injuries.
  • 1789 - Declaration of the Rights of Man approved by the National Assembly of France; men are born and remain free and equal.
  • 1813 - Napoleon's last major victory in Germany at Battle of Dresden.
  • 1839 - US Navy seizes slave ship Amistad off Long Island with African mutineers; later cleared of charges
  • 1878 - Third Avenue El opens for rail traffic in New York; to remain in service for 80 years.
  • 1883 - Volcano eruption at 10:00 a.m. vaporizes much of Krakatoa . 36,380 dead, 163 villages wiped out.
  • 1884 - Linotype machine patented by Ottmar Mergenthaler of Baltimore.
  • 1914 - Battle of Tannenberg begins; Germans under von Hindenburg defeat Russians. 30,000 Russians dead.
  • 1920 - 19th Amendment ratified giving the vote to U.S. women.
  • 1936 - First high-definition TV pictures transmitted by BBC from Alexandra Palace. 7,000 queue to see.
  • 1939 - First pro baseball game televised at Ebbets Field Brooklyn between Dodgers and Reds on WZXBS TV.
  • 1970 - National women's strike in U.S.
  • 1978 - Cardinal Albino Luciani elected 263rd pope - chooses name Jean Paul; remained pope for 33 days.
  • 1988 - Two-year criminal case against 20 members of the New Jersey Lucchese Mafia Family headed by Anthony Accetturo - Not guilty!

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Elizabeth Bichier des Ages

Holiday:

  • Women's Equality Day celebrated in U.S. to commemorate 19th Amendment
  • Day of Ganesha-Hindu elephant god of wisdom

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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