Today in History, English
Today in History, English

96871August 26Event1821 – The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is officially opened.
96872August 26Event1883 – The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.
96873August 26Event1914 – World War I: The German colony of Togoland surrenders to French and British forces after a 20 day campaign.
96874August 26Event1914 – In Brazil, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras is founded.
96875August 26Event1914 – World War I: During the retreat from Mons, the British II Corps commanded by General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien fought a vigorous and successful defensive action at Le Cateau.
96876August 26Event1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
96877August 26Event1940 – Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
96878August 26Event1942 – The 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 Bełżec extermination camp. Five hundred of the
96879August 26Event1944 – World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
96880August 26Event1966 – The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
96881August 26Event1970 – The then-new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nationwide Women's Strike for Equality.
96882August 26Event1977 – The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
96883August 26Event1978 – Papal conclave: Albino Luciani is elected as Pope John Paul I.
96884August 26Event1978 – Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
96885August 26Event1980 – John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.
96886August 26Event1997 – Beni Ali massacre in Algeria where 60 to 100 people were killed.
96887August 26Event1999 – Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.
96888August 26Event2002 – Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
96889August 26Event2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
96890August 26Event2013 – Nationwide protests are held across the Philippines over the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.
96891August 26Event2015 – Two U.S. journalists are shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.
96892August 26Birth1469 – Ferdinand II of Naples (d. 1496)
96893August 26Birth1676 – Robert Walpole, English scholar and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1745)
96894August 26Birth1694 – Elisha Williams, American minister, academic, and politician (d. 1755)
96895August 26Birth1695 – Marie-Anne-Catherine Quinault, French singer-songwriter (d. 1791)
96896August 26Birth1728 – Johann Heinrich Lambert, Swiss mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1777)
96897August 26Birth1736 – Jean-Baptiste L. Romé de l'Isle, French mineralogist and geologist (d. 1790)
96898August 26Birth1740 – Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor, invented the hot air balloon (d. 1810)
96899August 26Birth1743 – Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist and biologist (d. 1794)
96900August 26Birth1775 – William Joseph Behr, German publicist and academic (d. 1851)

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