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Saturday, August 26, 2006

On this day in history

Sometimes, for 'light relief' it is interesting to have a look at what happened on a certain date. Wikipedia has the following, amongst other important events for 26th August:

55 BC - Julius Caesar invades Britain.

1346 - Hundred Years' War: The military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.

1858 - First news dispatch by telegraph.

1883 - Eruption of Mount Krakatoa.

1920 - 19th amendment to U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote.

1944 - World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.

1957 - The USSR announces the successful test of an ICBM - a "super longdistance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket ... a few days ago," according to Tass Soviet News Agency.

1968 - The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago, Illinois

1972 - Games of the XX Olympiad open in Munich, Germany.

1987 - President Ronald Wilson Reagan proclaims September 11, 1987 as 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day.

2002 - Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2003 - Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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