What Happened on August 26


Historical Events

1652 – Battle of Plymouth: General-at-Sea George Ayscue of the Commonwealth of England attacked a convoy of the Dutch Republic commanded by Vice-Commodore Michiel de Ruyter. Dutch victory
1940 – RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
1942 – Transport #24 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1944 – Bulgaria announces withdrawal and German troops are to be disarmed
1973 – University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
2018 – Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former US Vatican Ambassador, claims Pope Francis knew of and ignored sex abuse allegations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

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Famous Birthdays

1931 – Guy Vander Jagt, American politician (Rep-R-MI, 1966-93), born in Cadillac, Michigan (d. 2007)
1935 – Cornelis B. Vaandrager [Cor Vaan], Dutch poet (Long Live Joop Massaker)
1936 – Francine York, American actress (Slattery’s People), born in Aurora, Minnesota (d. 2017)
1946 – Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
1969 – Adrian Young, American drummer (No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”), born in Long Beach, California
1985 – Brian Kelley, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Ormond Beach, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1486 – Ernst I, Elector of Saxony (1464-86), dies at 45
1595 – Antonio, Prior of Crato, claimant to the throne of Portugal (b. 1531)
1857 – Adolf Schlagintweit, German botanist and explorer (Tarimbekken, executed in Kashgar after being mistaken for a spy at 28
1865 – Marcellus Monroe Crocker, US attorney/Union brigadier general, dies at 35
1865 – Johann Franz Encke, German astronomer (Comet Encke), dies at 73
2009 – Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), dies at 83

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