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26 Aug, 1957 - Edsel Automobiles
1957 : The Ford Motor Companies first Edsel automobile rolls of the production line ready for the publicity machine to kick in one month later. The original models sold in 1958 included the Citation and Corsair, and the Pacer and Ranger. By the end of 1959 Ford announced the end of the sale of Edsel cars after Ford had lost approx $350 million on the project. In 1958
an Edsel Citation 2-Door Hardtop cost about $3,500.
26 Aug, 1920 - U.S.A. 19th Amendment
1920 : The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Find More What happened in 1920
26 Aug, 1928 - Nicotine Concerns
: Since so much material has been written about the dangers about Nicotine in Tobacco, a number of manufacturers are trying to reduce the amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes and Cigars by Re sweating the tobacco using pre-heated steam, and are putting them on the shelves proclaiming they are de-nicotized, but they do still contain some Nicotine as the processes are not perfect.
26 Aug, 1932 - Temporary Halt On Foreclosures
1932 : With America in the depths of the worst depression ever seen millions of people could not keep up with mortgage payments due to the mass unemployment. In a move to offer some relief the Comptroller of the Currency (or OCC) announced a temporary halt on foreclosures of first mortgages.
26 Aug, 1934 - Germany Expels Foreign Correspondents
1934 : Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine is now expelling foreign correspondents who place a slur or criticize Adolf Hitler and the latest is a US correspondent Dorothy Thompson.
26 Aug, 1945 - U.S.A. Manhattan Project
August 26th, 1945 : It has been revealed that over 25,000 mice were used in the Manhattan project to determine if radiation would have any ill effects on the workers in Atomic Bomb Plants.
26 Aug, 1956 - Cyprus Archbishop Makarios
1956 : Britain has accused exiled Archbishop Makarios of inciting and orchestrating the bombing and terrorist acts by Greek Cypriots on Cyprus.
26 Aug, 1978 - Voting For New Pope
August 26th, 1978 : Cardinals have begun the Papal Enclave to choose the 236rd Pope, the 111 prelates are inside the Sistine Chapel and could well be many days before they choose the successor to Pope Paul VI.
26 Aug, 1989 - Assistance For Battling Drug Lords
1989 : The United States is sending helicopters, Machine Guns, Mortars, four wheel drive personal carriers and the ammunition they are also sending medical equipment to help the Columbian Government battle the Drug Lords. They also sending military advisers but are not sending troops. The U.S. is also sending financial aid to encourage farmers to move from drug related crops to more traditional crops.
26 Aug, 1994 - UK LVAD Heart
August 26th, 1994 : A man has been given the world's first battery operated Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), the device is used to help the work of the Heart's left ventricle by performing the pumping action needed, in a pioneering operation in Britain.
26 Aug, 2001 - Australia MV Tampa
2001 : The MV Tampa a Norwegian Cargo Vessel receives a distress call from Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia, to rescue 439 Afghans from a distressed fishing vessel in international waters beginning an International incident involving Australia, Norway, Indonesia, New Zealand and the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru. The Afghans were attempting to gain entry into Australia through entry to the Christmas Islands an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean where they planned to seek asylum as refugees. The Australian government refused the rescue ship entry to Australian waters and sent members of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) to assist with medical emergencies. The refugees eventually ended up in New Zealand and Nauru where most were refused asylum status and sent back to their places of origin in Afghanistan and Iraq. Australia was criticized by many countries, particularly Norway, who accused it of evading its human rights responsibilities.
26 Aug, 2002 - South Africa Earth Summit
August 26th, 2002 : 60,000 delegates and politicians from 174 countries around the world have gathered for the latest Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa (the last one was 10 years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
26 Aug, 2002 - Possible Attack by US on Iraq
2002 : The mood in Washington is bullish over a possible attack by US forces on Iraq without gaining approval from both houses as lawyers have declared that US President George W. Bush does not need approval due to his status as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Saddam Hussein has warned that Iraq "will never surrender" to an invasion and will fight to the last man to protect it's sovereignty.
26 Aug, 2004 - Number of Poor Increases to 35 million
August 26th, 2004 : The US Census Bureau has released new figures which put the number of poor in the US at 35.9 million an increase of more than 1 million. The definition of poor is a family of four with an annual income of less than $18,810 and less than $9,393 for a single person.
26 Aug, 2005 - France Hostel Fire In Paris
2005 : A fire in a charitable organizations hostel to house African immigrant hostel in Paris has killed Fourteen children and three adults.
26 Aug, 2006 - Catholic Bishop Released After 10 Years
August 26th, 2006 : An underground Roman Catholic Bishop in China was released from prison after ten years. The Bishop was arrested for being loyal to the Vatican above all and jailed with other underground Roman Catholics, this is because China only recognizes the authority of its state-run churches.
26 Aug, 2007 - Greece Multiple Forest Fires
2007 : The country of Greece declared a state of emergency as multiple forest fires, over 200, continued to assault various parts of the country. By the time the fires were tamed in September
2007, 84 people had died as a result. Many of the fires were believed to be the cause of arson.
26 Aug, 2008 - Barack Obama Nominated
August 26th, 2008 : Democrats gathered at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado to officially nominate Barack Obama as their presidential candidate. Obama became the first African-American presidential candidate.
26 Aug, 2011 - Bodies Found in Abandoned Tripoli Hospital
2011 : Hundreds of dead bodies were found in a Tripoli hospital that was abandoned after being surrounded by clashes between rebels and Gaddafi's forces. People who had sustained injuries were taken to the hospital for treatment but nearly all of the staff had fled and the people had been left in the hospital to die. Seventeen survivors were found within the hospital.
26 Aug, 2012 - Bus and Tanker Collide in China
August 26th, 2012 : Thirty-six people died after a bus collided with a tanker in the city of Yanan. Both vehicles burst into flames after the two collided and only three people survived the incident.
26 Aug, 2013 - Students Fail University Admission Exam
2013 : Not a single student in who took Liberia's admission test for the University of Liberia passed this year's exam. The country is still recovering from a very long civil war and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated that the education system needed to be improved.
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Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu 26th August 1910
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia)
Died: September 5th
1997 Calcutta, India
Known For :
Mother Teresa best known for founding and dedicating her life to the Missionaries of Charity (Calcutta) in 1950, where she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. During her lifetime she received the Nobel Peace Prize and during her time she expanded the charity to include 610 missions in 123 countries. Following her death Pope John Paul II she was beatified and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. As most know Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun but when she set up the Kalighat Home for the Dying in Calcutta she ensured all who entered regardless of faith received medical attention and were afforded the opportunity to die with dignity, according to the rituals of their faith; Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites.
Macaulay Culkin 26th August 1980 New York City, US
Known For :
Macaulay Culkin best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone movies and other roles as one of the most famous and successful child actors of all time. Culkin appeared in other notable films like My Girl, The Good Son, and Uncle Buck. Culkin disappeared from films for several years before re-emerging in smaller roles in the mid to late 2000s
. He has also developed a music career playing with his comedic band "The Pizza Underground." His siblings Kieran and Rory are also well-known in the film industry.