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Monday 26 August 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • August Bank Holiday in United Kingdom
  • Father's Day in South Sudan (celebrated on the last Monday in August)
  • Women's Equality Day (United States)

Events

  • 2009 – Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is discovered alive in California after being missing for over 18 years.
  • 1980 – After John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, in the United States, the FBI inadvertently detonates the bomb during its disarming.
  • 1940 – Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
  • 1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
  • 1791 – John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1778 – The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia.

Births

  • 1993 – Keke Palmer, American singer-songwriter, presenter and television personality
  • 1991 – Dylan O'Brien, American actor
  • 1989 – James Harden, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Juan Joseph, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1985 – Brandon McDonald, American football player
  • 1985 – David Price, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Jayson Nix, American baseball player
  • 1982 – John Mulaney, American comedian, actor, writer, and producer
  • 1982 – Noah Welch, American ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Brendan Harris, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Chris Pine, American actor
  • 1980 – Macaulay Culkin, American actor
  • 1979 – Jamal Lewis, American football player
  • 1975 – Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player and coach
  • 1974 – Kelvin Cato, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Thalía, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1970 – Melissa McCarthy, American actress, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Adrian Young, American drummer and songwriter (No Doubt)
  • 1964 – Allegra Huston, English-American author and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Bobby Jurasin, American-Canadian football player and coach
  • 1964 – Chad Kreuter, American baseball player and manager
  • 1963 – Patrice Oppliger, American author, critic, and academic
  • 1963 – Stephen J. Dubner, American journalist and author
  • 1962 – Roger Kingdom, American hurdler
  • 1961 – Jeff Parrett, American baseball player
  • 1960 – Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader
  • 1959 – Stan Van Gundy, American basketball player and coach
  • 1957 – Nikky Finney, American poet and academic
  • 1956 – Mark Mangino, American football player and coach
  • 1954 – Tracy Krohn, American race car driver and businessman
  • 1952 – Michael Jeter, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1952 – Will Shortz, American journalist and puzzle creator
  • 1951 – Edward Witten, American physicist and academic
  • 1949 – Leon Redbone, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1946 – Valerie Simpson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1945 – Tom Ridge, American sergeant and politician, 1st Secretary of Homeland Security
  • 1944 – Maureen Tucker, American singer-songwriter and drummer
  • 1940 – Don LaFontaine, American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1940 – Vic Dana, American dancer and singer
  • 1937 – Don Bowman, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Benedict Anderson, American political scientist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1935 – Geraldine Ferraro, American lawyer and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1934 – Tom Heinsohn, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1928 – Om Prakash Munjal, Indian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Hero Cycles (d. 2015)
  • 1926 – Robert Vickrey, American painter and author (d. 2011)
  • 1925 – Jack Hirshleifer, American economist and academic (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Alex Kellner, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1922 – Irving R. Levine, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1921 – Benjamin C. Bradlee, American journalist and author (d. 2014)
  • 1920 – Brant Parker, American illustrator (d. 2007)
  • 1919 – Gerard Campbell, American priest and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Katherine Johnson, American physicist and mathematician
  • 1911 – Otto Binder, American author and screenwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1909 – Gene Moore, American baseball player (d. 1978)
  • 1909 – Jim Davis, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1908 – Aubrey Schenck, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1908 – Walter Bruno Henning, Prussian-American linguist and scholar (d. 1967)
  • 1906 – Albert Sabin, Polish-American physician and virologist, developed the polio vaccine (d. 1993)
  • 1904 – Christopher Isherwood, English-American author and academic (d. 1986)
  • 1903 – Caroline Pafford Miller, American author (d. 1992)
  • 1901 – Jimmy Rushing, American singer and bandleader (d. 1972)
  • 1901 – Maxwell D. Taylor, American general and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Vietnam (d. 1987)
  • 1900 – Hellmuth Walter, German-American engineer and businessman (d. 1980)
  • 1898 – Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector and philanthropist (d. 1979)
  • 1894 – Sparky Adams, American baseball player and farmer (d. 1989)
  • 1874 – Zona Gale, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1938)
  • 1873 – Lee de Forest, American engineer and academic, invented the Audion tube (d. 1961)
  • 1865 – Arthur James Arnot, Scottish-Australian engineer, designed the Spencer Street Power Station (d. 1946)
  • 1797 – Saint Innocent of Alaska, Russian Orthodox missionary priest, then the first Orthodox bishop and archbishop in the Americas, and finally the Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia (d. 1879)
  • 1740 – Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor, invented the hot air balloon (d. 1810)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Tobe Hooper, American film director (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – Amelia Boynton Robinson, American activist (b. 1911)
  • 2015 – Donald Eric Capps, American theologian, author, and academic (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Peter Bacon Hales, American historian, photographer, and author (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – Bill Schmitz, American football player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2013 – Clyde A. Wheeler, American soldier and politician (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Jack Sinagra, American lawyer and politician (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – John J. Gilligan, American soldier and politician, 62nd Governor of Ohio (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Reginald Bartholomew, American academic and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Russ Alben, American composer and businessman (b. 1929)
  • 2011 – Patrick C. Fischer, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1935)
  • 2009 – Dominick Dunne, American journalist and novelist (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Robert Denning, American art collector and interior designer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 – Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1952)
  • 2003 – Jim Wacker, American football player and coach (b. 1937)
  • 1998 – Frederick Reines, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1993 – Reima Pietilä, Finnish architect, co-designed the Kaleva Church (b. 1923)
  • 1989 – Irving Stone, American author (b. 1903)
  • 1986 – Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1981 – Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1981 – Roger Nash Baldwin, American trade union leader, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (b. 1884)
  • 1980 – Tex Avery, American animator, director, and voice actor (b. 1908)
  • 1978 – Charles Boyer, French-American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1899)
  • 1977 – H. A. Rey, German-American author and illustrator, created Curious George (b. 1898)
  • 1976 – Lotte Lehmann, German-American soprano (b. 1888)
  • 1974 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and explorer (b. 1902)
  • 1968 – Kay Francis, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1956 – Alfred Wagenknecht, German-American activist (b. 1881)
  • 1946 – Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1930 – Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1883)
  • 1910 – William James, American psychologist and philosopher (b. 1842)
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