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August 26 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 26. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 36 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1071
    Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuq Turks defeat the Byzantine army at Manzikert.
  • 1278
    Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolf I of Germany defeat Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle on the Marchfeld near Dürnkrut in (then) Moravia.
  • 1303
    Alauddin Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
  • 1346
    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 Crécy.
  • 1444
    Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs: A vastly outnumbered force of Swiss Confederates is defeated by the Dauphin Louis (future Louis XI of France) and his army of ‘Armagnacs’near Basel.
  • 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.
  • 1748
    The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1778
    The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1789
    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen is approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1810
    The former viceroy Santiago de Liniers of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata is executed after the defeat of his counter-revolution.
  • 1813
    War of the Sixth Coalition: An impromptu battle takes place when French and Prussian-Russian forces accidentally run into each other near Liegnitz, Prussia (now Legnica, Poland).
  • 1814
    Chilean War of Independence: Infighting between the rebel forces of José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O'Higgins erupts in the Battle of Las Tres Acequias.
  • 1821
    The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is officially opened.
  • 1883
    The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.
  • 1914
    World War I: The German colony of Togoland surrenders to French and British forces after a 20 day campaign.
  • 1914
    In Brazil, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras is founded.
  • 1914
    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.
  • 1920
    The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
  • 1940
    Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor.
  • 1942
    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 sick and children are murdered on the spot.
  • 1944
    World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
  • 1966
    The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
  • 1970
    The then-new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.
  • 1977
    The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
  • 1978
    Papal conclave: Albino Luciani is elected as Pope John Paul I.
  • 1978
    Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
  • 1980
    John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.

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