Friday, August 26, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 26

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 26
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Cherry Popsicle Day
55 BC – Britain was invaded by Julius Caesar
1498  Michelangelo was consigned to create the “Pieta”
1843  Charles Thurber patented a typewriter
1857  The National Teacher’s Association was organized in Philadelphia
1907  Houdini escaped from chains underwater in less than a minute
1920  The 19th Amendment went into effect – granted women the right to vote
1921  Ban Bradlee was born – Editor of the Washington Post during Watergate
1929  The first U.S. roller coaster was built
1935  Geraldine Ferraro was born – 1st female VP Candidate
1946  “Animal Farm” by George Orwell was first published
1957  The first Ford Edsel rolled off the assembly line, by the end of 1958 Ford announced the end of production after a $350 million loss
1957  The Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile
1964  Lyndon Johnson was nominated for President at the Democrat National Convention
1972  The historic and tragic Summer Olympics open in Munich, Germany
1973  August 26 is declared Women’s equality day by Presidential proclamation – commemorating the 19th Amendment
1974  Charles Lindbergh died at age 72 – 1st to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean
1980  Actor Macaulay Culkin was born – “Home Alone”
1986  Ted Knight, actor on Mary Tyler Moore Show, died
1987  The U.S. stock market began a two month decline of 41%
1996  The Democrat Party nominated President Clinton for a second term
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 26
2004  Ichiro Suzuki gets his 200th hit of the season – 1st player in MLB history to hit 200 in his first four seasons
2001  Sammy Sosa hits his 50th HR – he, Mark McGwire, and Babe Ruth are the only players to have four 50 HR seasons
1999  Randy Johnson gets his 300th strikeout of the season
1996  Curt Schilling has 7 consecutive strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to the Giants
1995  Greg Maddux of Braves wins his 16th consecutive road game
1991  Bret Saberhagen no hits the White Sox
1987  Paul Molitor’s 39 game hit streak ended – he was on deck when Rick Manning got the game winning hit
1985  Orioles Eddie Murray has 9 RBI in a game vs. the Angels  
1980  Padres beat NY Mets 8-6 – 10 intentional walks issued in the game
1972  Ron Santo of the Cubs gets his 2,000th hit – ends with 2,254
1971  NY Giants announce they are moving to New Jersey
1955  1st color telecast of a tennis match – Davis Cup on NBC
1947  Don Blankhead becomes the first black pitcher in MLB
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 26
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1962  Sheila – Tommy Roe
1963  My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels
1965  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
1966  Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
1967  Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
1968  People Got to Be Free – The Rascals
1969  Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
1970  War – Edwin Starr
1971  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – The Bee Gees
1972  Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
1973  Brother Love - Stories
1974  Having My Baby – Paul Anka with Odia Coates
1975  Get Down Tonight – KC & the Sunshine Band
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
1977  Best of My Love – The Emotions
1979  My Sharona – The Knack
1980  Sailing – Christopher Cross
1981  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
1982  Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
1983  Every Breathe You Take – The Police
1984  What’s Love Got to Do With It – Tina Turner
1985  The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
1986  Higher Love – Steve Winwood
1987  La Bamba – Los Lobos
1988  Monkey – George Michael
1989  Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
1990  If Wishes Came True – Sweet Sensation
1991  Every Thing I Do – Bryan Adams
1992  End of the Road – Boyz II Men
1993  Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40
1994  I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
1995  Kiss From a Rose - Seal
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1997  Mo Money Mo Problems – The Notorious B.I.G.
1998  The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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