Today in History: August 26 |

Today is Friday August 26the 238th day of 2022. There are 127 days left in the year.

Highlight in history:

On August 26, 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago; The four-day event that culminated in the nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey as president was marked by a bloody police crackdown on anti-war protesters in the streets.

To this date :

In 55 BC, Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain, with limited success.

In 1910, Thomas Edison presented journalists with an improved version of his Kinetophone, a device for showing a film with synchronized sound.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s suffrage, was certified into force by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

In 1939, the first televised Major League Baseball games were broadcast on experimental station W2XBS: a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. (The Reds won the first game, 5-2, the Dodgers the second, 6-1.)

In 1944, French General Charles de Gaulle braved the threat of German snipers as he led a victory march in Paris, which had just been liberated by the Allies from Nazi occupation.

In 1957, the Soviet Union announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to vote overwhelmingly in favor of statehood.

In 1972, the Summer Olympics opened in Munich, West Germany.

In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected pope on the death of Paul VI; the new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)

In 1985, 13-year-old Ryan White, who had AIDS, began “attending” classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana, through a phone jack at his home – school officials had banned Ryan from attending. attend classes in person.

In 2018, a gunman opened fire on fellow gamers at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, killing two men and injuring 10 others before killing himself. Playwright Neil Simon, whose comedies included ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Barefoot in the Park’, has died aged 91.

In 2020, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested in Illinois for the shooting deaths of two people and the injury of another during a third night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. (Rittenhouse, who said he was defending himself after the three men attacked him, would be acquitted of all charges, including homicide.) The three scheduled NBA playoff games have been postponed, with players having chosen to boycott in their strongest statement against racial injustice. (Games resumed three days later, after players and owners agreed to expand initiatives, many of which were tied to increased awareness and voting opportunities.)

Ten years ago: Faced with the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, the Republicans postponed by one day the start of their national convention in Tampa, Florida. Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old New Zealander born in South Korea, won the Canadian Women’s Open to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion. Japan limited powerhouse Tennessee to two hits in a 12-2 victory in the Little League World Series title game.

Five years ago: Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, dumping extraordinary amounts of rain. The Iraqi army said it had driven Islamic State militants from 90 percent of the northern town of Tal Afar. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated UFC fighter Conor McGregor in a Las Vegas boxing match that was stopped by the referee in the 10th round; it was the last fight of Mayweather’s career and earned him around $200 million. Spotify said Taylor Swift set a new world first-day streaming record with more than 8 million same-day streams for Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

One year ago: An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated two dozen pounds of explosives into a crowd of Afghans pushing to enter Kabul airport to flee the Taliban, killing more than 170 Afghans and 13 American servicemen. The Supreme Court has allowed deportations to resume across the United States, preventing the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today’s birthdays: Pop singer Vic Dana is 82 years old. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is 77. R&B singer Valerie Simpson is 77 years old. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 73 years old. Journalist Bill Whitaker is 71 years old. Actor Brett Cullen is 66 years old. Former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy is 63. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 62. Country musician Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) is 61 years old. Actor Chris Burke is 57 years old. Actor-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 56 years old. Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows) is 56. -actor Riley Weston is 56 years old. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 53 years old. Actor Melissa McCarthy is 52 years old. Latin pop singer Thalia is 51 years old. Actor Meredith Eaton is 48 years old. Singer-rock musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 47. Actor Mike Colter is 46. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 42 years old. Actor Chris Pine is 42 years old. Comedian/actor/writer John Mulaney is 40 years old. Actor Johnny Ray Gill is 38 years old. Country singer Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line) is 37 years old. singer Cassie (aka Cassie Ventura) is 36 years old. Actor Evan Ross is 34 years old. Actress Danielle Savre is 34 years old. Actor Dylan O’Brien is 31 years old. Actor Keke Palmer is 29 years old.

– The Associated Press

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