Today in History – August 26

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, was founded in Philadelphia.

1768 – Captain James Cook set sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.

1791 – John Fitch was granted a United States patent for the steamboat.

1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect and gave women the right to vote.

1964 – The Kinks “You Really Got Me” was released in the U.S.

1968 – The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in the U.S. The single was “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution.”

1967 – Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” was released as the opening track on the U.S. release of “Are You Experienced.”

1970 – The fiftieth anniversary of American women being able to vote was marked by a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.

1970 – An official opening party was held at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio in New York City.

1980 – After John Birges planted a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, the FBI inadvertently detonated the bomb during its disarming.

1983 – The film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” premiered in the United States. The movie starred David Bowie.

1987 – Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.

1998 – The first flight of the Air Force Delta III ended in disaster 75 seconds after liftoff resulting in the loss of the Galaxy X satellite.

2003 – A Beechcraft 1900 operating as Colgan Air Flight 9446 crashed after taking off from Barnstable Municipal Airport in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, killing both pilots on board.

2009 – Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was discovered alive in California after being missing for over 18 years. Her captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, were apprehended.

2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, received certification from the EASA and the FAA.

2015 – Two U.S. journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.

2018 – Three people were killed and eleven wounded during a mass shooting at a Madden NFL ’19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

2021 – During the 2021 Kabul airport attack, 13 US military personnel and at least 169 Afghan civilians were killed.

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