26th of August

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The August 26 is the 238th day of the Gregorian calendar (the 239th in leap years ); thus there are 127 days until the end of the year.

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Politics and world events

1278: Battle of the Marchfeld
1346: Battle of Crécy
1839: La Amistad with the USS Washington off Long Island
1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution


science and technology

1665: Globular cluster M22
1905: The Urfttalsperre
  • 1905: The Urfttalsperre , at that time the largest dam in Europe, is inaugurated.
  • 1953: The Cinemascope process is presented for the first time in Germany by the US film company 20th Century Fox .
  • 1954: OBI Wester reaches the world speed record of 251.7 km / h with his Sikorsky XH-39 helicopter .
  • 1965: The first flight of a prototype of the Cessna 401/402 takes place.
  • 1978: The NVA officer Sigmund Jähn is the first German to go into space in Soyuz 31 .
1981: Saturn image from Voyager 2
  • 1981: The US space probe Voyager 2 flies past Saturn and provides many photos of the planet, its rings and moons.



1492: Pope Alexander VI.


  • 1787: A major fire destroys the city of Neuruppin .
Lithograph of the
Krakatau volcanic eruption
  • 1883: eruption of the Krakatau volcano , which will collapse the following day. The disaster caused a series of gigantic tidal waves ( tsunamis ) on the coasts of Java and Sumatra . Thousands of people drown in the floods.
  • 1922: The Japanese light cruiser Niitaka sank in a storm off the west coast of Kamchatka . The entire crew (approx. 400 men) are killed.
  • 2004: A tank truck loaded with 32,000 liters of fuel falls from the Wiehl valley bridge. The bridge is severely damaged by the heat of the fire that is triggered and has to be temporarily closed completely. With a reported property damage of around 30 million euros, it was the most expensive traffic accident in Germany to date.

Minor accidents are listed in the sub-articles of Disaster .


Entries of track and field world records can be found under the respective discipline under track and field .


Before the 17th century

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Holidays and memorial days

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