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Notable Historical Events on August 26th

1907Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec

1985Balt Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

1962Mickey Wright wins LPGA Salt Lake City Golf Open

1964LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ

1996"7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

1346Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III's English longbows defeat Philip VI's army, cannons used for first time in battle

1984Betsy King wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic

1912Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends

1972Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

1979Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1971Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

1996President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy

1498Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.

1990Beth Daniel wins LPGA Northgate Golf Classic

August 26th Historical Events
Date Event
1071
Battle of Manzikert, Byzantine Armenia (modern Malazgirt, Turkey). Fought between Byzantine Empire and Seljuq Turks. 
1278
Battle of Marchfeld: Rudolf of Habsburg defeats Ottokar II 
1303
Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh. 
1346
Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III's English longbows defeat Philip VI's army, cannons used for first time in battle 
1466
A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered. 
1498
Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà. 
1541
Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Buda and annexes Hungary 
1545
Pope Paul III names his son Pierluigi Farnese as Duke of Parma 
1549
Battle of Dussingdale, near Norwich: John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, defeats rebels and ends "John Kett's Rebellion" 
1629
Cambridge Agreement, Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders agree to emigrate 
1634
Battle at Nordlingen Bavarian: emperor Ferdinand II & Spain beat Sweden & German protestants 
1641
West India Company conquerors Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola 
1648
People's uprising against Anna of Austria & Cardinal Mazarin 
1652
Battle of Plymouth: General-at-Sea George Ayscue of the Commonwealth of England attacked a convoy of the Dutch Republic commanded by Vice-Commodore Michiel de Ruyter. Dutch victory 
1745
Britan, Prussia & Hannover sign treaty 
1748
The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
1778
The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. 
1791
John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat 
1794
French troops occupy Lock 
1843
Charles Thurber patents a typewriter 
1846
Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" premieres 
1846
W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF) 
1858
First news dispatch by telegraph. 
1863
Battle of Rocky Gap, WV (White Sulphur Springs) 
1873
First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri 
1874
16 blacks lynched in Tennessee 
1894
Netherlands Social-Democratic Worker's party (SDAP) forms 
1895
Electric central at Niagara Falls gives 1st steam 
1896
Armenian revolutionairy assault on Ottoman Bank Constantinople 
1903
Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game 
1907
Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec 
1909
Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs 
1909
Middlesex beat Gloucs (Bristol) by Inn & 31 in a single day 
1912
32nd US Men's Tennis: M E McLoughlin beats W F Johnson (3-6 2-6 6-2 6-4 6-2) 
1912
Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends 
1913
33rd US Men's Tennis: M E McLoughlin beats R N Williams (6-4 5-7 6-3 6-1) 
1914
-9/10] Russian army attacks Austrian army in Galicia 
1914
Battle of Tannenberg (WWI) - 8th German army defeats Russian Narev army 
1915
German troops overrun Brest-Litovsk, Russia 
1916
Phila A's Bullet Joe Bush no-hits Cleve, 5-0 
1916
Yanks turn triple-play beating Browns 10-6 
1918
W Smith & F Bacon's "Lightnin'" premieres in NYC 
1920
Percy Fender (Surrey v Northants) scores 100 in 35 mins 
1922
Japanese cruiser Niitaka driven onto rocks in storm at Kamchatka, 284 killed 
1924
(August 13 Old Style) The Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor. 
1929
First US roller coaster built 
1930
Hack Wilson hits his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein's NL record 
1933
Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km) 
1935
CCC camp opens in Brecksville Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks 
1937
Franco's troops conquer Santander 
1937
Pumping to build Treasure Island in SF Bay is finished 
1938
British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine 
1938
Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL 
1939
1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Bkln Dodgers (W2XBS NY) 
1939
Belgium mobilizes 
1939
Croatia gets autonomous status 
1940
RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk 
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 are rounded up in Vichy-France 
1942
Japanse troops lands on New-Guinea, Milne Bay 
1942
Russian counter offensive begins in Moscow 
1942
Transport nr 24 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
1944
Bulgaria announces withdrawal & German troops are to be disarmed 
1944
De Gaulle marches along the Champs-Elysees 
1944
US 12nd Army Corps crosses river Seine East of Paris 
1945
Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WW II 
1947
1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat) 
1950
39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1) 
1951
Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart 
1952
Fluoridation of SF water begins 
1955
1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup) 
1956
KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting 
1956
Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open 
1956
Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC 
1957
USSR announces successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile 
1959
British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers 
1961
Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto 
1962
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Salt Lake City Golf Open 
1962
Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0 
1963
W I beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy 
1964
Italian Communist Party selects Luigi Longo as chairman 
1964
LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ 
1966
Balt Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs 
1966
KLOC (now KCSO) channel 42 in Charlotte, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1967
Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 
1967
Dean Chance pitches a 2-1 no-hitter, & Twins sweep Cleveland 
1967
Dutch 2nd Chamber demands US stop bombing North Vietnam 
1970
Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament) 
1971
Dutch Queen Juliana & Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia 
1971
NY Giant football team announces they're leaving Bronx for NJ in 1975 
1971
Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game 
1971
Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history 
1972
20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR 
1972
Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros 
1972
NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship 
1972
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1973
David Eisenhower writes his last sports column 
1973
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open 
1973
University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing 
1973
10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners 
1974
Guinee-Bissau becomes independent of Portugal 
1974
Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3 
1977
Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77 
1978
Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I 
1978
Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6 
1979
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
1980
Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick 
1980
John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada. 
1981
Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission 
1981
Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan 
1982
NASA launches Telesat-F 
1983
Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain. 
1984
Betsy King wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic 
1984
Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 3k woman record (8:22.62) in Leningrad 
1984
Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record) 
1985
Balt Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels 
1985
French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior 
1986
Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38) 
1987
Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games 
1988
Mehran Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport. 
1989
Trumbull Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS 
1990
2 slain college students found in Gainesville Florida 
1990
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Northgate Golf Classic 
1990
Bo Jackson hits 4th of 4 consecutive HRs 
1991
Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0 
1992
"Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances 
1995
Andrew Symonds hits 20 sixes in match for Gloucs v Glamorgan 
1995
Lara completes 7th Test Cricket century, 179 at The Oval 
1996
President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy 
1996
"7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB 
1997
Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed. 
1999
Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds. 
2002
Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
2003
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. 
2008
Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 
2011
The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA 
2012
15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969 
2012
36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China 
2012
17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization 
2012
A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104 
2013
25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia fail their university entrance examination 
2016
Pujols Reaches 100 RBIs for 13th Time, Angels Beat Jays 6-3 
2016
Brazilian Police Recommend Charges Against Ryan Lochte 
2016
Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by September 13 
2016
Italy's Renzi promises to rebuild earthquake ravaged communities 
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