August 26, 2020, 4: 00 AM
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Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 26, the 239 th day of2020 There are 127 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On August 26, 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago; the four-day event that led to the nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey for president was marked by a bloody authorities crackdown on antiwar protesters in the streets.
On this date:
In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar attacked Britain, with just restricted success.
In 1920, the 19 th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ensuring American ladies’s right to vote, was licensed in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.
In 1944, French Gen. Charles de Gaulle braved the hazard of German snipers as he led a success march in Paris, which had simply been freed by the Allies from Nazi occupation.
In 1957, the Soviet Union revealed it had actually successfully evaluated an intercontinental ballistic rocket.
In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
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In 1961, the initial Hockey Hall of Popularity was opened in Toronto.
In 1972, the summer season Olympics video games opened in Munich, West Germany.
In 1974, Charles Lindbergh– the very first man to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic– passed away at his house in Hawaii at age72
In 1985, 13- year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began “participating in” classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana, through a telephone hook-up at his house– school officials had barred Ryan from participating in classes personally.
In 2004, the nation’s supply of vaccine for the approaching flu season took a huge hit when Chiron Corp. announced it had actually found tainted doses in its factory, and would hold up shipment of about 50 million shots.
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey spun into Texas, unloading extraordinary amounts of rain. (The hurricane eliminated nearly 70 people, harmed more than 300,00 0 structures and caused an approximated $125 billion in damage.) Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat UFC fighter Conor McGregor in a boxing match in Las Vegas that was stopped by the referee in the 10 th round; it was the last fight of Mayweather’s profession and made him an estimated $200 million.
In 2018, a shooter opened fire on fellow players at a computer game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., killing 2 guys and wounding 10 others before taking his own life. Playwright Neil Simon, whose funnies consisted of “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park,” died at the age of 91.
10 years ago: The federal government of Chile released a video of the 33 miners trapped deep in a copper mine; the men appeared slim but healthy as they sang the national anthem and yelled, “Long live Chile, and long live the miners!”
5 years ago: Alison Parker, a press reporter for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot to death throughout a live broadcast by a dissatisfied former station worker who fatally shot himself while being pursued by cops.
One year ago: As the Group of 7 top wrapped up in France, President Donald Trump pitched his own Doral golf resort in Florida as an ideal site for the next G-7 summit; the concept was scrapped after bipartisan concern that Trump would breach a provision in the Constitution prohibiting presidents from accepting presents or payments from governments. Charges including exacerbated manslaughter were filed versus 4 employees of a Florida nursing house where 12 people passed away in sweltering heat after a hurricane cut power. An Oklahoma judge found that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries had actually assisted fuel the state’s opioid crisis; the judge ordered the consumer products huge to pay $572 million. (The award was later on minimized to $465 million after the judge acknowledged a miscalculation; the case is on appeal.)
Today’s Birthdays: Pop singer Vic Dana is80 Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is75 Rhythm-and-blues vocalist Valerie Simpson is75 Pop vocalist Bob Cowsill is71 Broadcast journalist Expense Whitaker is69 Star Brett Cullen is64 Previous NBA coach Stan Van Gundy is61 Jazz artist Branford Marsalis is60 Nation artist Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) is59 Actor Chris Burke is55 Actor-singer Shirley Manson (Trash) is54 Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows) is54 TV writer-actor Riley Weston is54 Rock artist Adrian Young (No Doubt) is51 Star Melissa McCarthy is50 Latin pop singer Thalia is49 Actor Meredith Eaton is46 Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is45 Actor Mike Colter is44 Star Macaulay Culkin is40 Actor Chris Pine is40 Comedian/actor/writer John Mulaney is38 Actor Johnny Ray Gill is36 Country vocalist Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line) is35 Rhythm-and-blues singer Cassie (AKA Cassie Ventura) is34 Star Evan Ross is32 Actor Danielle Savre is32 Star Dylan O’Brien is29 Actor Keke Palmer is27
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