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August 26 Events - World Wide

In the realm of the Gregorian calendar, the date of August 26th assumes its position as the 238th sunup of the year within standard years, and as the 239th sunrise in the more complex tapestry of leap years. This juncture in time leaves us with a palpable span of 127 days, akin to an hourglass steadily draining its granules, until the conclusion of yet another orbital revolution.

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Events List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 683 – In the Battle of al-Harrah, an unfortunate confrontation, Yazid I’s forces lay claim to the lives of 11,000 inhabitants of Medina, including esteemed Sahabas.
  • 1071 – The pivotal Battle of Manzikert unfolds as the Seljuq Turks successfully conquer the Byzantine army, subsequently establishing their dominion over a significant expanse of Anatolia.
  • 1278 – A historic clash near Dürnkrut in the region of Moravia sees Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolf I of Germany emerge triumphant against Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle on the Marchfeld.
  • 1303 – The city of Chittorgarh succumbs to the dominion of the Delhi Sultanate, marking a significant shift in power dynamics.
  • 1346 – The Battle of Crécy etches its place in history as an English force of modest size remarkably prevails over a much larger French contingent, accentuating the unpredictable nature of warfare.
  • 1444 – At the Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs, a valiant yet outnumbered assembly of Swiss Confederates faces defeat at the hands of the Dauphin Louis, who would later ascend as Louis XI of France, and his ‘Armagnacs’ near Basel.
  • 1542 – Francisco de Orellana etches his name into the annals of exploration by embarking on an arduous journey across South America, commencing from Guayaquil on the Pacific coast and culminating at the juncture of the Amazon River with the Atlantic coast.

1601–1900

  • 1642 – During the Dutch–Portuguese War, the Second Battle of San Salvador marks a turning point as Dutch forces compel the Spanish garrison at San Salvador (now Keelung, Taiwan) to surrender. This event brings an end to the fleeting Spanish presence on Formosa and ushers in a new Dutch administration.
  • 1648 – The initial eruption of the Fronde, known as the First Fronde, is set off following the triumphant Battle of Lens. Cardinal Mazarin, the Chief Minister of France, unexpectedly orders the apprehension of Parlement of Paris leaders. This action prompts Parisians to rise in insurrection the following day, resulting in the streets being barricaded.
  • 1748 – The inaugural Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is established in Philadelphia, marking a significant development in religious diversity.
  • 1767 – As part of the Spanish Empire’s effort to suppress the Society of Jesus, Jesuits across Chile are apprehended, signifying a pivotal moment in the history of the religious order.
  • 1768 – The renowned Captain James Cook commences his voyage from England aboard HMS Endeavour, embarking on a journey that will be remembered for its exploration and discoveries.
  • 1778 – A milestone is achieved with the documented first ascent of Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia, showcasing human determination and the conquest of nature.
  • 1789 – The National Constituent Assembly of France endorses the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, a seminal document that embodies the principles of liberty and equality.
  • 1791 – An important stride in transportation technology is taken as John Fitch secures a United States patent for his innovative steamboat design.
  • 1810 – Following the defeat of his counter-revolutionary efforts, former viceroy Santiago de Liniers of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata faces execution, underscoring the shifting political dynamics.
  • 1813 – The War of the Sixth Coalition sees an accidental clash between French and Prussian-Russian forces near Liegnitz, Prussia (now Legnica, Poland), highlighting the unpredictability of wartime encounters.
  • 1814 – Internal strife between rebel factions, led by José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O’Higgins, erupts into the Battle of Las Tres Acequias, a significant episode in the Chilean War of Independence.
  • 1833 – The formidable 1833 Kathmandu–Bihar earthquake wreaks havoc in Nepal, northern India, and Tibet, resulting in a tragic loss of around 500 lives.
  • 1849 – President Faustin Soulouque of the First Republic of Haiti proclaims himself Emperor of Haiti, dismantling the Republic and inaugurating the Second Empire of Haiti.
  • 1863 – The proposal by the Swedish-language liberal newspaper Helsingfors Dagblad to adopt the current blue-and-white cross flag as the flag of Finland contributes to the nation’s symbolic identity.
  • 1883 – The culminating and most intense phase of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption commences, marking a dramatic climax in the volcano’s eruption process.

1901–present

  • 1914 – In the midst of World War I, the German colony of Togoland capitulates after a 20-day campaign, yielding to the combined forces of France and Britain. This marks a significant turning point as Togoland becomes the inaugural German colony to succumb to the Allied forces during the war.
  • 1914 – During the strategic withdrawal from Mons, the British II Corps, led by General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, valiantly defends their position at Le Cateau. Their resolute defense emerges as a robust and successful countermeasure.
  • 1920 – The 19th amendment to the United States Constitution comes into force, bestowing upon women the long-sought right to participate in the electoral process, a monumental stride toward gender equality.
  • 1922 – The Greco-Turkish War witnesses the launch of the Turkish army’s notable offensive, widely known as the Great Offensive (Büyük Taarruz). This marks a significant chapter as major Greek defensive positions fall to Turkish advances.
  • 1936 – In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, the city of Santander falls under the control of nationalist forces, leading to the dissolution of the republican interprovincial council.
  • 1940 – Amid the tumultuous landscape of World War II, Chad becomes a beacon of the Allied cause as it aligns with the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, the first black colonial governor of France.
  • 1942 – The Holocaust’s grim reality continues as Ukrainian police and German Schutzpolizei orchestrate the deportation of two thousand Jews from Chortkiv to the Bełżec extermination camp, resulting in the immediate murder of five hundred sick and children. This horrific operation persists into the following day.
  • 1944 – A momentous occasion unfolds as Charles de Gaulle makes his triumphant entry into Paris during World War II.
  • 1966 – The South African Border War commences with the battle at Omugulugwombashe, marking the start of a protracted and complex conflict.
  • 1970 – A significant milestone in women’s rights is commemorated with a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality on the fiftieth anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote.
  • 1972 – The Games of the XX Olympiad kick off in Munich, West Germany, drawing the world’s attention to an event that blends athletic prowess with international camaraderie.
  • 1977 – The National Assembly of Quebec enacts the Charter of the French Language, a significant legislative move with far-reaching implications for language rights.
  • 1978 – The papal conclave results in the election of Albino Luciani as Pope John Paul I, ushering in a brief but noteworthy papacy.
  • 1980 – Tragedy strikes when an attempted bomb disarming by the FBI at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Nevada inadvertently triggers a catastrophic explosion, forever altering the course of events.
  • 1997 – The Beni Ali massacre sends shockwaves through Algeria, resulting in the tragic loss of 60 to 100 lives.
  • 1998 – A somber incident unfolds as the Boeing Delta III’s inaugural flight ends in disaster, merely 75 seconds after liftoff, resulting in the loss of the Galaxy X communications satellite.
  • 1999 – Russia embarks on the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade, setting the stage for a complex and protracted conflict.
  • 2003 – Colgan Air Flight 9446, operated by a Beechcraft 1900, crashes shortly after takeoff from Barnstable Municipal Airport, claiming the lives of both pilots on board.
  • 2009 – A tale of survival and captivity comes to a startling conclusion as kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is discovered alive in California after enduring more than 18 years of captivity by her captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
  • 2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a groundbreaking composite airliner, attains certification from both the EASA and the FAA, marking a significant milestone in aviation history.
  • 2014 – The Jay Report’s findings into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal are made public, uncovering a distressing chapter in the town’s history.
  • 2015 – A tragic incident unfolds in Moneta, Virginia, as two U.S. journalists are shot and killed by a former coworker during a live report, casting a shadow over media and workplace safety.
  • 2018 – A devastating mass shooting at a Madden NFL ’19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida claims the lives of three individuals and leaves eleven others wounded.
  • 2021 – Amid the 2021 Kabul airlift, a heart-wrenching suicide bombing occurs at Hamid Karzai International Airport, resulting in the loss of 13 U.S. military personnel and at least 169 Afghan civilians.

Births List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 1469 – The birth of Ferdinand II of Naples, who would later pass away in 1496.
  • 1548 – Bernardino Poccetti, an accomplished Italian painter, comes into the world. His artistic journey would continue until 1612.
  • 1582 – Humilis of Bisignano, an Italian Franciscan friar and saint, is born. His spiritual path would endure until his passing in 1637.
  • 1596 – Frederick V, an Elector Palatine who would also take on the mantle of Bohemian king, is born. His eventful life would culminate in 1632.

1601–1900

  • 1676 – Robert Walpole, an English politician who would later serve as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is born. His influential career would span until 1745.
  • 1694 – Elisha Williams, an English colonial minister, academic, and politician, comes into the world. His multifaceted contributions would continue until 1755.
  • 1695 – Marie-Anne-Catherine Quinault, a notable French singer-songwriter, is born. Her musical journey would extend ntil 1791.
  • 1728 – Johann Heinrich Lambert, a Swiss mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, makes his entrance. His contributions in various fields would be felt until his passing in 1777.
  • 1736 – Jean-Baptiste L. Romé de l’Isle, a distinguished French mineralogist and geologist, is born. His impactful work would continue until 1790.
  • 1740 – Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, a French inventor credited with the creation of the hot air balloon, comes into the world. His innovative spirit would persist until 1810.
  • 1743 – Antoine Lavoisier, a renowned French chemist and biologist, is born. His significant scientific endeavors would continue until his tragic death in 1794.
  • 1751 – Manuel Abad y Queipo, a Spanish-born Mexican bishop, enters the world. His influential role would extend until 1825.
  • 1775 – William Joseph Behr, a notable German publicist and academic, is born. His intellectual pursuits would continue until 1851.
  • 1783 – Federigo Zuccari, an astronomer who would later become the director of the Astronomical Observatory of Naples, is born. His contributions to the field of astronomy would endure until 1817.
  • 1792 – Manuel Oribe, a Uruguayan soldier and politician who would go on to become the 4th President of Uruguay, is born. His political journey would span until 1857.
  • 1797 – Saint Innocent of Alaska, a Russian Orthodox missionary priest who would become the first Orthodox bishop and archbishop in the Americas, is born. His spiritual legacy would persist until 1879.
  • 1819 – Albert, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom, is born. His significant influence and role within the monarchy would continue until his passing in 1861.
  • 1824 – Martha Darley Mutrie, a British painter, makes her entrance. Her artistic contributions would continue until 1885.
  • 1854 – Arnold Fothergill, an English cricketer, is born. His involvement in the world of cricket would extend until 1932.
  • 1856 – Clara Schønfeld, a Danish actress, is born. Her contributions to the world of acting would continue until 1939.
  • 1862 – Herbert Booth, a Canadian songwriter and bandleader, is born. His musical journey would extend until 1926.
  • 1865 – Arthur James Arnot, a Scottish-Australian engineer known for designing the Spencer Street Power Station, is born. His engineering contributions would contine until 1946.
  • 1873 – Lee de Forest, an American engineer and academic credited with inventing the Audion tube, is born. His groundbreaking work would persit until 1961.
  • 1874 – Zona Gale, an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright, is born. Her literary endeavors would contine until 1938.
  • 1875 – John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, a Scottish-Canadian historian and politician who would serve as the 15th Governor General of Canada, is born. His contributions to politics and literature would exted until 1940.
  • 1880 – Guillaume Apollinaire, an Italian-French author, poet, playwright, and critic, is born. His literary legacy would continue until his untimely eath in 1918.
  • 1882 – James Franck, a German physicist and academic who would go on to win the Nobel Prize, is born. His scientific achievements would contine until 1964.
  • 1882 – Sam Hardy, an English footballer, is born. His impact on the world of football would endue until 1966.
  • 1885 – Jules Romains, a French author and poet, is born. His literary contributions would contine until 1972.
  • 1888 – Gustavo R. Vincenti, a Maltese architect and developer, is born. His architectural influence would contine until 1974.
  • 1891 – Acharya Chatursen Shastri, an Indian author and playwright, is born. His creative legacy would contine until 1960.
  • 1894 – Sparky Adams, an American baseball player and farmer, is born. His involvement in baseball and beyond would contine until 1989.
  • 1896 – Ivan Mihailov, a Bulgarian soldier and politician, is born. His political and military journey would contine until 1990.
  • 1897 – Yun Posun, a South Korean activist and politician who would become the 2nd President of South Korea, is born. His transformative role would contine until 1990.
  • 1898 – Peggy Guggenheim, an American-Italian art collector and philanthropist, is born. Her significant contributions to the art world would contine until 1979.
  • 1900 – Margaret Utinsky, an American nurse and recipient of the Medal of Freedom, is born. Her contributions to nursing and healthcare would continue until 1970.
  • 1900 – Hellmuth Walter, a German-American engineer and businessman, is born. His contributions to engineering and innovation would continue until 1980.

1901–present

  • 1901 – Eleanor Dark, an Australian author and poet, is born. Her literary contributions would endure until 1985.
  • 1901 – Hans Kammler, a German SS officer and engineer, comes into the world. His controversial role would persist until 1945.
  • 1901 – Jimmy Rushing, an American singer and bandleader, is born. His musical impact would continue until 1972.
  • 1901 – Maxwell D. Taylor, an American general and diplomat who would serve as the United States Ambassador to South Vietnam, is born. His influential career would span until 1987.
  • 1901 – Chen Yi, a Chinese general and politician who would become the 2nd Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, is born. His significant contributions would continue until 1972.
  • 1903 – Caroline Pafford Miller, an American author, comes into the world. Her literary journey would continue until 1992.
  • 1904 – Christopher Isherwood, an English-American author and academic, is born. His literary endeavors would continue until 1986.
  • 1904 – Joe Hulme, an English footballer and cricketer, is born. His presence in sports would extend until 1991.
  • 1906 – Bunny Austin, an English tennis player, is born. His achievements in tennis would continue until 2000.
  • 1906 – Albert Sabin, a Polish-American physician and virologist known for developing the polio vaccine, comes into the world. His groundbreaking work would persist until 1993.
  • 1908 – Walter Bruno Henning, a Prussian-American linguist and scholar, is born. His contributions to linguistics would continue until 1967.
  • 1908 – Aubrey Schenck, an American screenwriter and producer, is born. His influence on the world of film would extend until 1999.
  • 1909 – Eric Davies, a South African cricketer and educator, is born. His involvement in cricket and education would continue until 1976.
  • 1909 – Jim Davis, an American actor, is born. His contributions to the entertainment industry would extend until 1981.
  • 1909 – Gene Moore, an American baseball player, is born. His impact on the world of baseball would continue until 1978.
  • 1910 – Mother Teresa, an Albanian-Indian nun, missionary, Catholic saint, and Nobel Prize laureate, is born. Her legacy of humanitarian work would persist until 1997.
  • 1911 – Otto Binder, an American author and screenwriter, is born. His creative contributions would continue until 1974.
  • 1914 – Julio Cortázar, a Belgian-Argentinian author and translator, is born. His literary impact would endure until 1984.
  • 1914 – Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, a Turkish soldier and poet, is born. His poetic journey would continue until 2008.
  • 1915 – Humphrey Searle, an English composer and conductor, is born. His musical influence would continue until 1982.
  • 1918 – Katherine Johnson, an American physicist and mathematician, is born. Her groundbreaking contributions would continue until 2020.
  • 1919 – Gerard Campbell, an American priest and academic, is born. His scholarly pursuits would extend until 2012.
  • 1920 – Brant Parker, an American illustrator, comes into the world. His artistic journey would continue until 2007.
  • 1920 – Prem Tinsulanonda, a Thai general and politician who would become the 16th Prime Minister of Thailand, is born. His influential role would span until 2019.
  • 1921 – Shimshon Amitsur, an Israeli mathematician and scholar, is born. His contributions to mathematics would continue until 1994.
  • 1921 – Benjamin C. Bradlee, an American journalist and author, is born. His journalistic legacy would extend until 2014.
  • 1922 – Irving R. Levine, an American journalist and author, is born. His contributions to journalism would continue until 2009.
  • 1923 – Wolfgang Sawallisch, a German pianist and conductor, is born. His musical influence would continue until 2013.
  • 1924 – Alex Kellner, an American baseball player, is born. His involvement in baseball would continue until 1996.
  • 1925 – Jack Hirshleifer, an American economist and academic, is born. His contributions to economics and academia would continue until 2005.
  • 1925 – Alain Peyrefitte, a French scholar and politician who served as the Minister of Justice for France, is born. His political and academic journey would extend until 1999.
  • 1925 – Pyotr Todorovsky, a Ukrainian-Russian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, is born. His cinematic influence would continue until 2013.
  • 1925 – Etelka Keserű, a Hungarian economist and politician, is born. Her contributions to economics and politics would continue until 2018.
  • 1925 – Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt, a Chilean composer, is born. His musical legacy would persist until 2010.
  • 1926 – Anahit Tsitsikian, an Armenian violinist and educator, is born. Her contributions to music and education would continue until 1999.
  • 1926 – Robert Vickrey, an American painter and author, is born. His artistic journey would continue until 2011.
  • 1928 – Om Prakash Munjal, an Indian businessman and philanthropist who co-founded Hero Cycles, is born. His entrepreneurial legacy would continue until 2015.
  • 1929 – Reuben Kamanga, a Zambian soldier and politician who would become the 1st Vice President of Zambia, is born. His political and military journey would span until 1996.
  • 1930 – Joe Solomon, a Guyanese cricketer and coach, is born.
  • 1931 – Kálmán Markovits, a Hungarian water polo player, is born. His contributions to sports would continue.
  • 1932 – Luis Salvadores Salvi, a Chilean basketball player, is born. His impact on basketball would continue until 2014.
  • 1934 – Tom Heinsohn, an American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster, is born. His presence in basketball would extend until 2020.
  • 1934 – Kevin Ryan, an Australian rugby player, coach, lawyer, and politician, is born.
  • 1935 – Geraldine Ferraro, an American lawyer and politician, is born. Her political and legal contributions would continue until 2011.
  • 1935 – Karen Spärck Jones, an English computer scientist and academic, is born. Her contributions to computer science and academia would continue until 2007.
  • 1936 – Benedict Anderson, an American political scientist and academic, is born. His scholarly contributions would continue until 2015.
  • 1937 – Don Bowman, an American singer-songwriter, is born. His musical legacy would continue until 2013.
  • 1938 – Jet Black, an English drummer, is born. His impact on the world of music would continue until 2022.
  • 1939 – Pinchas Goldstein, an Israeli businessman and politician, is born. His entrepreneurial and political journey would continue until 2007.
  • 1939 – Jorge Paulo Lemann, a Brazilian banker and financier, is born.
  • 1939 – Bill White, a Canadian ice hockey player and coach, is born. His involvement in hockey would continue until 2017.
  • 1940 – Michael Cockerell, an English journalist, is born.
  • 1940 – Vic Dana, an American dancer and singer, is born.
  • 1940 – Don LaFontaine, an American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter known for his movie trailer narrations, is born. His influential voice work would continue until 2008.
  • 1940 – Nik Turner, an English musician and songwriter, is born. His musical contributions would continue until 2022.
  • 1941 – Chris Curtis, an English drummer and singer, is born. His musical impact would extend until 2005.
  • 1941 – Jane Merrow, an English actress, producer, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1941 – Barbet Schroeder, a French-Swiss director and producer, is born.
  • 1942 – Dennis Turner, Baron Bilston, an English lawyer and politician, is born. His political journey would continue until 2014.
  • 1942 – Chow Kwai Lam, a Malaysian football coach and player, is born.
  • 1943 – Dori Caymmi, a Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, is born.
  • 1944 – Alan Parker, an English guitarist and songwriter, is born.
  • 1944 – Judith Rees, an English geographer and academic, is born.
  • 1944 – Maureen Tucker, an American singer-songwriter and drummer, is born.
  • 1945 – Tom Ridge, an American sergeant and politician who would become the 1st Secretary of Homeland Security, is born.
  • 1946 – Zhou Ji, a Chinese engineer and politician who served as the 14th Chinese Minister of Education, is born.
  • 1946 – Valerie Simpson, an American singer-songwriter, is born.
  • 1946 – Alison Steadman, an English actress, is born.
  • 1947 – Nicolae Dobrin, a Romanian footballer and manager, is born. His influence on football would continue until 2007.
  • 1949 – Allahshukur Pashazadeh, an Azerbaijani cleric, is born.
  • 1949 – Leon Redbone, a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, is born. His musical legacy would extend until 2019.
  • 1951 – Gerd Bonk, a German weightlifter, is born. His achievements in weightlifting would continue until 2014.
  • 1951 – Bill Whitaker, an American journalist, is born.
  • 1951 – Edward Witten, an American physicist and academic, is born.
  • 1952 – Bryon Baltimore, a Canadian ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1952 – Michael Jeter, an American actor, is born. His acting contributions would continue until 2003.
  • 1952 – Will Shortz, an American journalist and puzzle creator, is born.
  • 1953 – David Hurley, an Australian general and politician who would become the 27th Governor General of Australia, is born.
  • 1953 – Pat Sharkey, an Irish footballer, is born.
  • 1954 – Howard Clark, an English golfer and sportscaster, is born.
  • 1954 – Tracy Krohn, an American race car driver and businessman, is born.
  • 1954 – Hugh Pelham, a British academic and educator, is born.
  • 1955 – Ian Dejardin, an English historian and curator, is born.
  • 1955 – Giuseppe Resnati, an Italian chemist and educator, is born.
  • 1956 – Sally Beamish, an English viola player and composer, is born.
  • 1956 – Brett Cullen, an American actor, is born.
  • 1956 – Mark Mangino, an American football player and coach, is born.
  • 1957 – Nikky Finney, an American poet and academic, is born.
  • 1957 – Dr. Alban, a Swedish musician, is born
  • 1958 – Jan Nevens, a Belgian cyclist, is born.
  • 1959 – Oliver Colvile, an English lawyer and politician, is born.
  • 1959 – Stan Van Gundy, an American basketball player and coach, is born.
  • 1960 – Branford Marsalis, an American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, is born.
  • 1960 – Ola Ray, an American model and actress, is born.
  • 1961 – Daniel Lévi, an Algerian-French singer-songwriter and pianist, is born.
  • 1961 – Jeff Parrett, an American baseball player, is born.
  • 1962 – Roger Kingdom, an American hurdler, is born.
  • 1963 – David Byas, an English cricketer and umpire, is born.
  • 1963 – Stephen J. Dubner, an American journalist and author, is born.
  • 1963 – Patrice Oppliger, an American author, critic, and academic, is born.
  • 1964 – Allegra Huston, an English-American author and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1964 – Bobby Jurasin, an American-Canadian football player and coach, is born.
  • 1964 – Chad Kreuter, an American baseball player and manager, is born.
  • 1964 – Zadok Malka, an Israeli footballer, is born.
  • 1964 – Torsten Schmitz, a German boxer, is born.
  • 1964 – Mehriban Aliyeva, the 1st Vice President of Azerbaijan and a goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, is born.
  • 1965 – Marcus du Sautoy, an English mathematician and academic, is born.
  • 1965 – Chris Burke, an American actor, is born.
  • 1966 – Jacques Brinkman, a Dutch field hockey player and coach, is born.
  • 1966 – Shirley Manson, a Scottish singer-songwriter and actress, is born.
  • 1967 – Michael Gove, a Scottish journalist and politician who would serve as the Secretary of State for Education, is born.
  • 1968 – Chris Boardman, an English cyclist, is born.
  • 1969 – Adrian Young, an American drummer and songwriter, is born.
  • 1970 – Jason Little, an Australian rugby player, is born.
  • 1970 – Melissa McCarthy, an American actress, comedian, producer, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1970 – Brett Schultz, a South African cricketer, is born.
  • 1971 – Thalía, a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actress, is born.
  • 1973 – Richard Evatt, an English boxer, is born. 
  • 1974 – Kelvin Cato, an American basketball player and coach, is born.
  • 1974 – Meredith Eaton, an American actress, is born.
  • 1975 – Morgan Ensberg, an American baseball player and coach, is born.
  • 1976 – Mike Colter, an American actor, is born.
  • 1976 – Amaia Montero, a Spanish singer-songwriter, is born.
  • 1977 – Therese Alshammar, a Swedish swimmer, is born.
  • 1977 – Liam Botham, an English rugby player and cricketer, is born.
  • 1977 – Saeko Chiba, a Japanese voice actress and singer, is born.
  • 1977 – Simone Motta, an Italian footballer, is born.
  • 1977 – Morris Peterson, an American basketball player, is born.
  • 1979 – Jamal Lewis, an American football player, is born.
  • 1979 – Cristian Mora, an Ecuadorian footballer, is born.
  • 1979 – Rubén Arriaza Pazos, a Spanish footballer, is born.
  • 1980 – Macaulay Culkin, an American actor, is born.
  • 1980 – Brendan Harris, an American baseball player, is born.
  • 1980 – Manolis Papamakarios, a Greek basketball player, is born.
  • 1980 – Chris Pine, an American actor, is born.
  • 1981 – Tino Best, a Barbadian cricketer, is born.
  • 1981 – Sebastian Bönig, a German footballer, is born.
  • 1981 – Andreas Glyniadakis, a Greek basketball player, is born.
  • 1981 – Vangelis Moras, a Greek footballer, is born.
  • 1981 – Petey Williams, a Canadian wrestler, is born.
  • 1982 – Angelo Iorio, an Italian footballer, is born.
  • 1982 – John Mulaney, an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer, is born.
  • 1982 – Jayson Nix, an American baseball player, is born.
  • 1982 – Noah Welch, an American ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1983 – Mattia Cassani, an Italian footballer, is born.
  • 1983 – Félix Porteiro, a Spanish race car driver, is born.
  • 1983 – Nicol David, a Malaysian squash player, is born.
  • 1985 – Oleksiy Kasyanov, a Ukrainian decathlete, is born.
  • 1985 – Brandon McDonald, an American football player, is born.
  • 1985 – David Price, an American baseball player, is born.
  • 1986 – Vladislav Gussev, an Estonian footballer, is born.
  • 1986 – Saint Jhn, a Guyanese-American rapper, singer, and songwriter, is born.
  • 1986 – Colin Kazim-Richards, a Turkish footballer, is born.
  • 1986 – Cassie Ventura, an American singer, dancer, actress, and model, is born.
  • 1987 – Juan Joseph, an American football player and coach, is born (d. 2014).
  • 1988 – Elvis Andrus, a Venezuelan baseball player, is born.
  • 1988 – Evan Ross, an American actor, is born.
  • 1988 – Danielle Savre, an American actress, is born.
  • 1988 – Wayne Simmonds, a Canadian ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1988 – Lars Stindl, a German footballer, is born.
  • 1989 – James Harden, an American basketball player, is born.
  • 1990 – Lorenzo Brown, an American basketball player, is born.
  • 1990 – Irina-Camelia Begu, a Romanian tennis player, is born.
  • 1990 – Mateo Musacchio, an Argentine footballer, is born.
  • 1991 – Jessie Diggins, an American cross-country skier, is born.
  • 1991 – Dylan O’Brien, an American actor, is born.
  • 1993 – Keke Palmer, an American actress and singer, is born.
  • 1995 – Anthony Duclair, a Canadian ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1999 – Kotoshoho Yoshinari, a Japanese sumo wrestler, is born.
  • 2001 – Patrick Williams, an American basketball player, is born.
August 26 Death

August 26 Death - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 787 – Arechis II, the Duke of Benevento, passes away.
  • 887 – Emperor Kōkō of Japan, born in 830, dies.
  • 1214 – Michael IV of Constantinople, also known as Michael the Paphlagonian, meets his end.
  • 1278 – Ottokar II of Bohemia, born in 1233, passes away.
  • 1346 – Charles II, Count of Alençon, born in 1297, meets his end in this year.
  • 1346 – Louis I, Count of Flanders, born in 1304, passes away.
  • 1346 – Louis II, Count of Blois, takes his last breath.
  • 1346 – Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, born in 1320, passes away.
  • 1346 – John of Bohemia, born in 1296, meets his end.
  • 1349 – Thomas Bradwardine, an English archbishop, mathematician, and physicist born in 1290, passes away.
  • 1399 – Mikhail II, the Grand Prince of Tver born in 1333, passes away.
  • 1462 – Catherine Zaccaria, Despotess of the Morea, leaves this world.
  • 1486 – Ernest, Elector of Saxony, born in 1441, passes away.
  • 1500 – Philipp I, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg, born in 1449, meets his end.
  • 1551 – Margaret Leijonhufvud, the queen of Gustav I of Sweden born in 1516, passes away.
  • 1572 – Petrus Ramus, a French philosopher, and logician born in 1515, meets his end.
  • 1595 – António, Prior of Crato, born in 1531, passes away.

1601–1900

  • 1666 – Frans Hals, a Dutch painter, and educator born in 1580, passes away.
  • 1714 – Constantin Brâncoveanu, the Ruler of Wallachia born in 1654, meets his end.
  • 1714 – Edward Fowler, an English bishop, and author born in 1632, passes away.
  • 1723 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch microscopist, and biologist born in 1632, passes away.
  • 1785 – George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, an English soldier, and politician who served as the 3rd Secretary of State for the Colonies born in 1716, passes away.
  • 1810 – Santiago de Liniers, 1st Count of Buenos Aires, a French-Spanish sailor, and politician who served as the 10th Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata born in 1753, passes away.
  • 1813 – Theodor Körner, a German soldier, and author born in 1791, passes away.
  • 1850 – Louis Philippe I of France, born in 1773, passes away.
  • 1865 – Johann Franz Encke, a German astronomer, and academic born in 1791, passes away.
  • 1878 – Mariam Baouardy, a Syrian Roman Catholic nun later canonized, born in 1846, passes away.

1901–present

  • 1910 – William James, an American psychologist, and philosopher born in 1842, passes away.
  • 1921 – Matthias Erzberger, a German publicist, and politician born in 1875, meets his end.
  • 1921 – Sándor Wekerle, a Hungarian jurist, and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Hungary born in 1848, passes away.
  • 1921 – Petro Petrenko, a Ukrainian anarchist military commander born in 1890, passes away.
  • 1930 – Lon Chaney, an American actor, director, and screenwriter born in 1883, passes away.
  • 1943 – Bîmen Şen, a Turkish composer, and songwriter born in 1873, passes away.
  • 1944 – Adam von Trott zu Solz, a German lawyer, and diplomat born in 1909, passes away.
  • 1945 – Franz Werfel, an Austrian author, and playwright born in 1890, passes away.
  • 1946 – Jeanie MacPherson, an American actress, and screenwriter born in 1887, passes away.
  • 1956 – Alfred Wagenknecht, a German-American activist born in 1881, passes away.
  • 1958 – Ralph Vaughan Williams, an English composer, and educator born in 1872, passes away.
  • 1966 – W. W. E. Ross, a Canadian geophysicist, and poet born in 1894, passes away.
  • 1968 – Kay Francis, an American actress born in 1905, passes away.
  • 1972 – Francis Chichester, an English pilot, and sailor born in 1901, passes away.
  • 1974 – Charles Lindbergh, an American pilot, and explorer born in 1902, passes away.
  • 1975 – Olaf Holtedahl, a Norwegian geologist, and academic born in 1885, passes away.
  • 1976 – Lotte Lehmann, a German-American soprano born in 1888, passes away.
  • 1977 – H. A. Rey, a German-American author, and illustrator who created Curious George, born in 1898, passes away.
  • 1978 – Charles Boyer, a French-American actor, singer, and producer born in 1899, passes away.
  • 1978 – José Manuel Moreno, an Argentinian footballer, and manager born in 1916, passes away.
  • 1979 – Mika Waltari, a Finnish author, translator, and academic born in 1908, passes away.
  • 1980 – Rosa Albach-Retty, a German-Austrian actress born in 1874, passes away.
  • 1980 – Tex Avery, an American animator, director, and voice actor born in 1908, passes away.
  • 1981 – Roger Nash Baldwin, an American trade union leader who co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union born in 1884, passes away.
  • 1981 – Lee Hays, an American singer-songwriter born in 1914, passes away.
  • 1986 – Ted Knight, an American actor born in 1923, passes away.
  • 1987 – John Goddard, a Barbadian-English cricketer, and manager born in 1919, passes away.
  • 1987 – Georg Wittig, a German chemist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate born in 1897, passes away.
  • 1988 – Carlos Paião, a Portuguese singer-songwriter born in 1957, passes away.
  • 1989 – Irving Stone, an American author born in 1903, passes away.
  • 1990 – Tang Chang, a Thai artist born in 1934, passes away.
  • 1991 – Mildred Albert, an American fashion commentator, TV, and radio personality, and fashion show producer born in 1905, passes away.
  • 1992 – Bob de Moor, a Belgian author, and illustrator born in 1925, passes away.
  • 1993 – Reima Pietilä, a Finnish architect who co-designed the Kaleva Church, born in 1923, passes away.
  • 1995 – John Brunner, an English-Scottish author, and poet born in 1934, passes away.
  • 1998 – Frederick Reines, an American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate born in 1918, passes away.
  • 2000 – Akbar Adibi, an Iranian engineer, and academic born in 1939, passes away.
  • 2000 – Bunny Austin, an English tennis player born in 1906, passes away.
  • 2001 – Louis Muhlstock, a Polish-Canadian painter, and educator born in 1904, passes away.
  • 2001 – Marita Petersen, a Faroese educator, and politician who served as the 8th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands born in 1940, passes away.
  • 2003 – Jim Wacker, an American football player, and coach born in 1937, passes away.
  • 2004 – Laura Branigan, an American singer-songwriter, and actress born in 1952, passes away.
  • 2005 – Denis D’Amour, a Canadian guitarist, and songwriter born in 1960, passes away.
  • 2005 – Robert Denning, an American art collector, and interior designer born in 1927, passes away.
  • 2005 – Moondog King, a Canadian wrestler, and politician born in 1949, passes away.
  • 2006 – Rainer Barzel, a Polish-German lawyer, and politician who served as the Minister of Intra-German Relations born in 1924, passes away.
  • 2006 – Clyde Walcott, a Barbadian cricketer, and coach born in 1926, passes away.
  • 2006 – William Garnett, an American landscape photographer born in 1916, passes away.
  • 2007 – Gaston Thorn, a Luxembourger jurist, and politician who served as the 20th Prime Minister of Luxembourg born in 1928, passes away.
  • 2009 – Dominick Dunne, an American journalist, and novelist born in 1925, passes away.
  • 2010 – Raimon Panikkar, a Catalan priest, and scholar born in 1918, passes away.
  • 2011 – George Band, a Taiwanese-English mountaineer, and author born in 1929, passes away.
  • 2011 – Patrick C. Fischer, an American computer scientist, and academic born in 1935, passes away.
  • 2011 – John McAleese, a Scottish sergeant born in 1949, passes away.
  • 2012 – Russ Alben, an American composer, and businessman born in 1929, passes away.
  • 2012 – Reginald Bartholomew, an American academic, and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Italy born in 1936, passes away.
  • 2012 – Jacques Bensimon, a Canadian director, and producer born in 1943, passes away.
  • 2012 – Krzysztof Wilmanski, a Polish-German physicist, and academic born in 1940, passes away.
  • 2013 – Hélie de Saint Marc, a French soldier born in 1922, passes away.
  • 2013 – John J. Gilligan, an American soldier, and politician who served as the 62nd Governor of Ohio born in 1921, passes away.
  • 2013 – Bill Schmitz, an American football player, and coach born in 1954, passes away.
  • 2013 – Jack Sinagra, an American lawyer, and politician born in 1950, passes away.
  • 2013 – Clyde A. Wheeler, an American soldier, and politician born in 1921, passes away.
  • 2014 – Christian Bourquin, a French lawyer, and politician born in 1954, passes away.
  • 2014 – Peter Bacon Hales, an American historian, photographer, and author born in 1950, passes away.
  • 2014 – Caroline Kellett, an English journalist born in 1960, passes away.
  • 2014 – Chūsei Sone, a Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter born in 1937, passes away.
  • 2015 – Amelia Boynton Robinson, an American activist born in 1911, passes away.
  • 2015 – Donald Eric Capps, an American theologian, author, and academic born in 1939, passes away.
  • 2015 – P. J. Kavanagh, an English poet, and author born in 1931, passes away.
  • 2015 – Stefanos Manikas, a Greek politician born in 1952, passes away.
  • 2015 – Francisco San Diego, a Filipino bishop born in 1935, passes away.
  • 2017 – Tobe Hooper, an American film director born in 1943, passes away.
  • 2018 – Neil Simon, an American playwright, and author born in 1927, passes away.
  • 2020 – Joe Ruby, an American animator born in 1933, passes away.

26 August Holidays- World Wide

On this day, various Christian saints are commemorated, including:

– Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
– Alexander of Bergamo in the Roman Catholic Church.
– Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá.
– David Lewis.
– Jeanne-Elisabeth Bichier des Ages.
– Mariam Baouardy in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
– Melchizedek.
– Our Lady of Częstochowa.
– Simplicius, Constantius, and Victorinus.
– Teresa Jornet Ibars.
– Zephyrinus.

It is also August 26 in the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar.

In Namibia, this day is observed as Herero Day and Heroes’ Day.

In Papua New Guinea, it is Repentance Day.

In the United States, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which granted women the right to vote.

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