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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

1928 : 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.

From our 1986 Toys

Lego Airport From The 1980s Lego Airport
Manufacturer: Lego
Price: $39.99

Children will stretch their imagination and explore the world around them with these plastic building blocks. Legoland airport set has runaway, two planes, and control tower.


26 Aug, 1945 U.S.A. Manhattan Project

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

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

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

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.

Born This Day In History August 26th

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Mother Teresa

Born: Agnes├ź Gonxhe Bojaxhiu 2August 6 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.

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Macaulay Culkin

Born: Macaulay Culkin 2August 6 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.

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

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.


From 1987 Toys

Talking Alf From The 1980s

Talking Alf, the Storytelling Alien

Manufacturer: Coleco
Price: $69.99

America's favorite alien life form tells funny stories! Built-in cassette player inside figure plays Alf tape (included), plus any standard cassette. See his mouth move in sync with cassette, while his ears and eyebrows move intermittently. Has detailed facial and body features.