A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on August 26th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On August 26, 1346, at the Battle of Crecy, English archers proved the superiority of the English longbow over the combination of armored knights and crossbowmen fielded by the French.
On August 26, 1346, at the Battle of Crecy, the English longbow reigned supreme, and ever since the longbow has been closely associated with England.
On August 26, 1444, the Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs was fought between an army of mercenaries representing France against a much smaller force of pikemen from the Old Swiss Confederacy.
On August 26, 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa began its two-day eruption that was so massive that its effects were felt around the world.
On August 26, 1968, the Democratic Party began their National Convention in Chicago at a time of great unrest in the United States.
On August 26, 1970, the Women’s Liberation movement spearheaded by Betty Friedan held the Women’s Strike for Equality.
On August 26, 1972, the XX Olympiad, Summer Games portion, opened in Munich, West Germany.
On August 26, 2014, we ran a list of 10 Extremely Effective Weapons That Don’t Require Gunpowder or Explosives.
Prior to the game on August 26, 2017, all Browns players and coaches stood for the National Anthem, the players arm in arm.
On August 26, 2018, a nation mourned the loss of US Navy veteran John McCain, a prominent US Senator from Arizona and former Presidential candidate who finally succumbed to brain cancer on August 25, 2018, after a courageous fight.
On August 26, 2019, we took a look at the crowded Democratic field of those aspiring to earn the nomination of their party for the office of President of the United States.
On August 26, 2022, we all celebrated National Dog Day, a day invented by Colleen Paige in 2004.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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