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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of August 26:

1676 Sir Robert Walpole (Whig) British PM (1721-42)
1728 Johann Lambert Switzerland, mathematician, proved ã is irrational
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) tube)
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 Man)
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, 51I)
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 43)
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 & Champ)
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 26:

1963 Larry Keating actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67
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 65
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


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On this day...

55 -BC- Roman forces under Julius C‘sar invade Britain
1346 English longbows defeat French in Battle of Cr‚cy
1629 Cambridge Agreement, Mass Bay Co stockholders agree to emigrate
1791 John Fitch grants US patent for his working steamboat
1846 W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF)
1874 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
1883 Krakatoa erupts with increasingly large explosions kills 36,000
1903 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
1907 Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec
1914 Germans defeat Russians in Battle of Tannenberg
1916 Phila A's Bullet Joe Bush no-hits Cleve, 5-0
1916 Yanks turn triple-play beating Browns 10-6
1920 19th amendment passes-women's suffrage granted (about time!)
1937 Pumping to build Treasure Island in SF Bay is finished
1938 Montreal Maroons dropped from the NHL
1939 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds at Bkln Dodgers (W2XBS NY)
1942 7,000 Jews rounded up in Vichy Free Zone of France
1947 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
1952 Fluoridation of SF water begins
1955 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
1957 USSR announces successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile
1961 Official Intl Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
1962 Minn Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
1964 LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
1971 NY Giant football team announces its leaving the Bronx for NJ in 1975
1971 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game
1972 NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win the NASL championship
1972 Summer Olympics open in Munich, West Germany
1973 David Eisenhower last sports column
1973 U of Tx (Arlington) is 1st 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 Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 3
1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
1978 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
1981 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
1982 NASA launches Telesat-F
1984 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 3k woman record (8:22.62) in Lennigrad
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 Calif Angels
1989 Trumbull Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
1990 2 slain college students found in Gainesville Florida
1991 Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

England, Channel Is, Northern Ireland, Wales : Bank Holiday - - - - - ( Monday )
Indonesia :
Namibia : Namibia Day
US : Women's Equality Day (1973)/Susan B Anthony Day (1920)
Zanzibar : Sultan's Birthday
Hong Kong : Liberation Day (1945) - - - - - ( Monday )

Religious Observances

RC : Commemoration of St Zephyrinus, pope (198-217), martyr

Religious History

1498 In Rome, Italian artist Michelangelo, 23, was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the "Pieta" Mary lamenting over the dead body of Jesus, whom she holds across her lap). The work was completed in 1501.
1832 Death of Adam Clarke, 70, English Methodist clergyman. Clarke's name endures primarily for the 8-volume commentary on the Bible which he produced between 1810-26, and still in print today!
1901 The New Testament of the ASV (American Standard Version) Bible was first published. This U.S. edition of the 1881 English Revised Version (ERV) comprised the first major American Bible translation since the King James Version of 1611.
1956 Swedish Christian statesman Dag Hammarskjald recorded in his devotional journal (Markings): 'Bless your uneasiness as a sign that there is still life in you.'
1978 Italian Cardinal Albino Luciani, 65, was elevated to the papacy as John Paul I. His unexpected death only 34 days later left a profound sadness for millions of people who had been drawn to him by his warm personality.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

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