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26th of August 1071 EVENT Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
26th of August 1278 EVENT Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeat Premysl Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle of Marchfield near Durnkrut in (then) Moravia.
26th of August 1303 EVENT Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
26th of August 1346 EVENT Hundred Years' War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crecy.
26th of August 1466 EVENT A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
26th of August 1498 EVENT Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta.
26th of August 1748 EVENT The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
26th of August 1768 EVENT Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
26th of August 1778 EVENT The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
26th of August 1789 EVENT The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen is approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
26th of August 1858 EVENT First news dispatch by telegraph.
26th of August 1862 EVENT American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run begins.
26th of August 1883 EVENT The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.
26th of August 1914 EVENT World War I: the British Expeditionary Force fights a rear-guard action at the Battle of Le Cateau that briefly checks the German advance.
26th of August 1914 EVENT World War I: the German colony of Togoland is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days.
26th of August 1920 EVENT The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
26th of August 1939 EVENT The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York.
26th of August 1940 EVENT Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Felix Eboue, France's first black colonial governor.
26th of August 1942 EVENT Holocaust in Chortkiav, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei starts driving Jews out of their houses, divides them into groups of 120, packs them in freight cars and deports 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children are murdered on the spot.
26th of August 1944 EVENT World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
26th of August 1957 EVENT The USSR announces the successful test of an ICBM : a "super long distance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket ... a few days ago," according to the Soviet news agency, ITAR-TASS.
26th of August 1966 EVENT The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
26th of August 1970 EVENT The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality.
26th of August 1971 EVENT The United States Congress declares August 26th as an annual Women's Equality Day.
26th of August 1977 EVENT The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
26th of August 1978 EVENT Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
26th of August 1978 EVENT Sigmund Jahn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
26th of August 1980 EVENT John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
26th of August 1987 EVENT President Ronald Reagan proclaims September 11, 1987 as 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day.
26th of August 1992 EVENT In Brno Vaclav Klaus and Vladimir Meciar sign an agreement to divide Czechoslovakia.
26th of August 1997 EVENT Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
26th of August 2003 EVENT The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
26th of August 2008 EVENT Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
26th of August 1469 BIRTHDAY Ferdinand II of Naples (d. 1496)
26th of August 1540 BIRTHDAY King Magnus of Livonia (d. 1583)
26th of August 1676 BIRTHDAY Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1745)
26th of August 1694 BIRTHDAY Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (d. 1755)
26th of August 1728 BIRTHDAY Johann Heinrich Lambert, Swiss scientist (d. 1777)
26th of August 1736 BIRTHDAY Jean-Baptiste L. Rome de l'Isle, French chemist (d. 1790)
26th of August 1740 BIRTHDAY Joseph Montgolfier, French inventor (d. 1810)
26th of August 1743 BIRTHDAY Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (d. 1794)
26th of August 1775 BIRTHDAY William Joseph Behr, German writer (d. 1851)
26th of August 1789 BIRTHDAY Abbas Mirza, Prince of Persia (d. 1833)
26th of August 1792 BIRTHDAY Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan political figure (d. 1857)
26th of August 1819 BIRTHDAY Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom (d. 1861)
26th of August 1826 BIRTHDAY Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (d. 1875)
26th of August 1845 BIRTHDAY Mary Ann Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888)
26th of August 1850 BIRTHDAY Charles Richet, French physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
26th of August 1854 BIRTHDAY Arnold Fothergill, England cricketer (d. 1932)
26th of August 1862 BIRTHDAY Herbert Booth, American son of William and Catherine Booth (d. 1926)
26th of August 1864 BIRTHDAY Anna Ulyanova, older sister of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1935)
26th of August 1865 BIRTHDAY Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor (d. 1946)
26th of August 1873 BIRTHDAY Lee DeForest, American inventor (d. 1961)
26th of August 1874 BIRTHDAY Zona Gale, American novelist (d. 1938)
26th of August 1875 BIRTHDAY John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist, Governor General of Canada (d. 1940)
26th of August 1880 BIRTHDAY Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet and art critic (d. 1918)
26th of August 1882 BIRTHDAY James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1964)
26th of August 1885 BIRTHDAY Jules Romains, French author (d. 1972)
26th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Tommy Andrews, Australian cricketer (d. 1970)
26th of August 1894 BIRTHDAY Sparky Adams, Baseball player (d. 1989)
26th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian
26th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
26th of August 1897 BIRTHDAY Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
26th of August 1898 BIRTHDAY Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (d. 1979)
26th of August 1899 BIRTHDAY Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter (d. 1991)
26th of August 1900 BIRTHDAY Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (d. 1980)
26th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Hans Kammler, German engineer and SS officer (disappeared in 1945)
26th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Maxwell Taylor, American general (d. 1987)
26th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
26th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Christopher Isherwood, English-born writer (d. 1986)
26th of August 1906 BIRTHDAY Albert Sabin, American polio researcher (d. 1993)
26th of August 1907 BIRTHDAY Lester Lanin, American bandleader (d. 2004)
26th of August 1908 BIRTHDAY W. B. Henning, Prussian-born Iranist (d. 1967)
26th of August 1908 BIRTHDAY Aubrey Schenck, British film producer (d. 1999)
26th of August 1908 BIRTHDAY Bill Hunt, Australian cricketer (d. 1983)
26th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Gene Moore, American baseball player (d. 1978)
26th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Eric Davies, South African cricketer (d. 1976)
26th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Jim Davis, American actor (d. 1981)
26th of August 1910 BIRTHDAY Mother Teresa, Macedonian-born Indian missionary; Nobel Peace Prize recipient (d. 1997)
26th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Julio Cortazar, Argentine writer (d. 1984)
26th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Brant Parker, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
26th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Prem Tinsulanonda, Thai soldier and politician
26th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Shimshon Amitsur, Israeli mathematician and Israel Prize recipient (d. 1994)
26th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Benjamin Bradlee, American journalist
26th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Irving R. Levine, American journalist (d. 2009)
26th of August 1923 BIRTHDAY Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor and pianist
26th of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Alex Kellner, American baseball player (d. 1996)
26th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (d. 2005)
26th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and writer (d. 1999)
26th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Sangharakshita, Indian religious figure
26th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY Anahit Tsitsikian, Armenian Violinist
26th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY B. V. Doshi, Indian architect
26th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Peter Appleyard, Canadian jazz vibraphonist
26th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Naim Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist
26th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Joe Solomon, West Indian cricketer
26th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Luis Salvadores, Chilean basketball player.
26th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Tom Heinsohn, American basketball player and commentator
26th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Geraldine Ferraro, American politician (d. 2011)
26th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Yvette Vickers, American actress
26th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Jet Black, British musician (The Stranglers)
26th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Pinchas Goldstein, Israeli politician (d. 2007)
26th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
26th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Barbet Schroeder, Swiss film director
26th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Chris Curtis, English singer and drummer (d. 2005)
26th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Akiko Wakabayashi, Japanese actress
26th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Jane Merrow, British actress
26th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Dennis Turner, British politician
26th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Vic Dana, American singer
26th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, British prince
26th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Stephen Greif, English actor
26th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Maureen Tucker, American musician
26th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Jo Freeman, American feminist scholar
26th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Tom Ridge, first United States Secretary of Homeland Security
26th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Valerie Simpson, American singer
26th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Mark Snow, American composer
26th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Zhou Ji, Chinese Communist Party official
26th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
26th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Emiliano Diez, Cuban actor
26th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (d. 2007)
26th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (d. 2006)
26th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Michael Jeter, American actor (d. 2003)
26th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Bryon Baltimore, Canadian ice hockey player
26th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Will Shortz, American crossword editor
26th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
26th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
26th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Steve Wright, British DJ
26th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Brett Cullen, American actor
26th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Mark Mangino, American football coach
26th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Dr. Alban, Nigerian-born Swedish singer
26th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete
26th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
26th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Stan Van Gundy, American basketball coach
26th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist and bandleader
26th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Nancy Martinez, Canadian-born singer
26th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Wanda De Jesus, American actress
26th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Daniel Levi, French singer-songwriter, composer and pianist
26th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Jeff Parrett, American baseball player
26th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Bob Mionske, American cyclist and attorney
26th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY David Byas, English cricketer
26th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Stephen Dubner, American journalist, author
26th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Carolina Arregui, Chilean actress
26th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Chris Burke, American actor
26th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Bobby Duncum, Jr., American wrestler (d. 2000)
26th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Jon Hensley, American actor
26th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
26th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Shirley Manson, Scottish singer
26th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Avner Ben-Gal, Israeli artist and painter
26th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Michael Gove, British politician
26th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Chris Boardman, British cyclist
26th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
26th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Olimpiada Ivanova, Russian athlete
26th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Brett Schultz, South African cricketer
26th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Thalia, Mexican singer
26th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Kelvin Cato, American basketball player
26th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Tyler Connolly, Canadian singer
26th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player
26th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Momar Njie, Gambian footballer
26th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Amaia Montero, Spanish singer
26th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Zemfira, Russian singer
26th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Liam Botham, British cricketer and rugby player
26th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyu
26th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Morris Peterson, American basketball player
26th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Simone Motta, Italian footballer
26th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
26th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Ruben Pazos, Spanish footballer
26th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Allison Robertson, American musician
26th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
26th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Jamal Lewis, American football player
26th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Yagmur Sar?gul, Turkish Musician (maNga)
26th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Macaulay Culkin, American actor
26th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Brendan Harris, American baseball player
26th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Chris Pine, American actor
26th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Manolis Papamakarios, Greek basketball player
26th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Tino Best, Barbadian West Indies cricketer
26th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Vangelis Moras, Greek footballer
26th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
26th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player
26th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
26th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Angelo Iorio, Italian footballer
26th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY David Long, New Zealand musician
26th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Noah Welch, American ice hockey player
26th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Felix Porteiro, Spanish racing driver
26th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Toshiaki Imae, Japanese baseball player
26th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Brandon McDonald, American football player
26th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Cassie, American singer
26th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Colin Kazim-Richards, Turkish footballer
26th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Riley Steele, Pornographic actress
26th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Elvis Andrus, Venezuelan baseball player
26th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Evan Ross, American actor
26th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Danielle Savre, American actress
26th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
26th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Tori Black, Pornographic actress
26th of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Lil' Chris, English singer-songwriter and TV personality
26th of August 1992 BIRTHDAY Yang Yilin, Chinese gymnast
26th of August 1993 BIRTHDAY Keke Palmer, American actress
26th of August 1214 DEATH Michael IV, Patriarch of Constantinople
26th of August 1278 DEATH King Otakar II of Bohemia
26th of August 1346 DEATH Killed in the Battle of Crecy: Charles II of Alencon (Born 1297) Louis I of Flanders (b. 1304) John of Bohemia (b. 1296) Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1320)
26th of August 1349 DEATH Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury
26th of August 1551 DEATH Margareta Leijonhufvud, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (Born 1516)
26th of August 1572 DEATH Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (Born 1515)
26th of August 1595 DEATH Antonio, Prior of Crato, claimant to the throne of Portugal (Born 1531)
26th of August 1666 DEATH Frans Hals, Dutch painter (Born c. 1580)
26th of August 1714 DEATH Edward Fowler, English Bishop of Gloucester (Born 1632)
26th of August 1723 DEATH Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch scientist (Born 1632)
26th of August 1785 DEATH George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (Born 1716)
26th of August 1810 DEATH Santiago de Liniers, viceroy of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata (Born 1753)
26th of August 1850 DEATH Louis-Philippe of France (Born 1773)
26th of August 1865 DEATH Johann Franz Encke, German astronomer (Born 1791)
26th of August 1908 DEATH Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (Born 1837)
26th of August 1910 DEATH William James, American psychologist and philosopher (Born 1842)
26th of August 1930 DEATH Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (Born 1883)
26th of August 1944 DEATH Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (Born 1909)
26th of August 1945 DEATH Franz Werfel, Austrian writer (Born 1890)
26th of August 1946 DEATH Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (Born 1887)
26th of August 1956 DEATH Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (Born 1881)
26th of August 1958 DEATH Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Born 1872)
26th of August 1968 DEATH Kay Francis, American actress (Born 1899)
26th of August 1974 DEATH Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (Born 1902)
26th of August 1976 DEATH Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Born 1888)
26th of August 1978 DEATH Charles Boyer, French actor (Born 1899)
26th of August 1978 DEATH Jose Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (Born 1916)
26th of August 1979 DEATH Mika Waltari, Finnish author (Born 1908)
26th of August 1980 DEATH Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (Born 1874)
26th of August 1980 DEATH Tex Avery, American cartoonist (Born 1908)
26th of August 1981 DEATH Lee Elhardt Hays, American folksinger (Born 1914)
26th of August 1981 DEATH Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (Born 1884)
26th of August 1986 DEATH Ted Knight, American actor (Born 1923)
26th of August 1987 DEATH John Goddard, West Indian cricketer (Born 1919)
26th of August 1987 DEATH Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1897)
26th of August 1988 DEATH Carlos Paiao, Portuguese singer (Born 1957)
26th of August 1989 DEATH Irving Stone, American author (Born 1903)
26th of August 1990 DEATH Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (Born 1913)
26th of August 1992 DEATH Bob de Moor, Belgian comics artist (Born 1925)
26th of August 1992 DEATH Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected murderer (Born 1933)
26th of August 1993 DEATH Reima Pietila, Finnish architect (Born 1923)
26th of August 1998 DEATH Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1918)
26th of August 2000 DEATH Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (Born 1939)
26th of August 2001 DEATH Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (Born 1904)
26th of August 2003 DEATH Jim Wacker, American football coach (Born 1937)
26th of August 2004 DEATH Laura Branigan, American singer (Born 1957)
26th of August 2005 DEATH Denis D'Amour, Canadian guitarist (Voivod) (Born 1960)
26th of August 2005 DEATH Robert Denning, American interior designer (Born 1927)
26th of August 2005 DEATH Ed White, Canadian professional wrestler (Born 1949)
26th of August 2006 DEATH Rainer Barzel, German politician (Born 1924)
26th of August 2006 DEATH Clyde Walcott, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (Born 1926)
26th of August 2007 DEATH Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (Born 1928)
26th of August 2007 DEATH Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (Born 1935)
26th of August 2009 DEATH Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (Born 1925)
26th of August 2010 DEATH Raimon Panikkar, Catalan philosopher (Born 1918)