August 26: This Day in History

chechen warAugust 26, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Liberia declaring independence, the start of the Second Chechen War, and the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution taking effect, which gave women the right to vote.


Today is

Women’s Equality Day (United States)


On this day

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

1768 –Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HS Endeavour

1789 –the Declaration of the Rights of man and of the Citizen is approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France

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

1843 –Norbert Rillieux of New Orleans Louisiana is granted patent number 3237 for the multiple-effect evaporation system for refining sugar

1847 –Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic

1905 –George Washington, a leading African American pioneer of the Pacific Northwest and founder of the town of Centralia, Washington, died

1914 –World War I: German colony of Togoland is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days

1920 –the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote

1939 –Major league baseball was televised for the first time when experimental station W2XBS broadcast a double header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field

1940 –Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Eboué, Frances first black colonial governor

1944 –Charles de Gaulle enters Paris

1947 –Daniel Robert Bankhead became the first Black pitcher in major league baseball when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers

1961 –Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto, Canada

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

1966 –The Namibian War of Independence begins

1970 –Betty Friedan leads a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality

1974 –Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh died at age 72

1978 –Cardinal Albino Luciani is elected to the Papacy  and takes the name Pope John Paul I

1980 –John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada

1986 –18 year old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York’s Central Park, the case is dubbed “the preppie murder case”.  Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 15 years in prison

1997 –Ben-Ali massacre in Algeria; killing 60-100 people

1999 –Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the invasion of Dagestan by Islamic international Peacekeeping Brigade



1740 –Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor, helped build first hot-air balloon

1819 –Albert, German-born price consort of Queen Victoria, the first electrical devise which could amplify a weak electrical signal and make it stronger.

1885 –Lee De Forest, American inventor of the Audion Vacuum tube

1867 –Robert Russa Moton, author and educator born in Amelia County,Virginia.  Served as principal of the Tuskegee institute after the death of Booker T. Washington

1898 –Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector and patron

1900 –Hale Aspacio Woodruff artist and educator, was born in Cairo, Illinois

1906 –Albert Sabin, American microbiologist; developed oral polio vaccine

1918 –Katherine G. Johnson, American physicist, space scientist and mathematician


This day in Music

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

1968 –The Beatles release “Hey Jude” in the US.  The single was the first released on their own label Apple Records.

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

2002 –William Caesar Warfield, concert bass-baritone singer and actor died



1938 –Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of the stranglers

1941 –Christ Curtis, drums, The Searchers, 1964 US No.3 single ‘Love Potion Number Nine’

1946 –Valerie Simpson, hall of fame songwriter and recording artist, half of the duo Ashford and Simpson , single ‘Solid’ (1984)

1960 –Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana