There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Wednesday August 26th
1346: The English first use cannons in the Battle of Crécy.
1676: Robert Walpole (ENL 1676-1745) first Prime Minister of Great Britain (1721-42).
1743: Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (REP 1743-1794) French chemist central to the 18th-century Chemical Revolution executed during the French Revolution.
1789: French Declaration of the Rights of Man.
1791: John Fitch patents steamboat.
1819: Prince Albert (TRAN 1819-61) Prince consort of Queen Victoria.
1839: The Spanish slave ships The Amistad lands on Long Island.
1843: Charles Thurber patents the typewriter.
1847: Liberia becomes an independent republic.
1858: The New York Sun receives the first news dispatch sent by telegraph.
1870: George McCready Price (MISS 1870-1963) Father of modern creationism.
1873: Lee De Forest (MISS 1873-1961) inventor/father of the radio.
1876: Gottlob Honold (MISS 1876-1923) German inventor of the spark plug and the modern internal combustion engine.
1883: Krakatoa eruption (Aug 26-27).
1884: Ottmar Mergenthaler patents the Linotype typesetting machine.
1895: Earl Long (LOST 1895-1960) Governor of Louisiana (1939-40, 1948-52, 1956-60).
1898: Peggy Guggenheim (LOST 1898-1979) art collector.
1900: Hale Aspacio Woodruff (LOST 1900-1980) Black muralist.
1902: Conrad Hubert patents the flashlight.
1902: Charles Lindbergh (GI 1902-1974) pilot who made the first solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927.
1906: Albert Sabin (GI 1906-1993) Polish American medical researcher who developed an improved oral polio vaccine (1955).
1909: Swiss paleontologist Otto Hauser discovers an almost perfectly preserved Cro-Magnon skeleton.
1910: Mother Teresa (GI 1910-97) founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India.
1918: Lightnin, the first Broadway play to run for more than 1,000 performances, opens.
1920: Nineteenth Amendment takes effect giving women the right to vote.
1920: Brant Parker (GI 1920-2007) cartoonist The Wizard of Id written by Johnny Hart.
1921: Ben Bradlee (GI 1921- ) editor of The Washington Post (1965-91).
1963: W.E.B. DuBois 95, dies in Ghana.
1965: Chris Burke (13th 1965- ) down syndrome actor Life Goes On (1989-93).
1968: Riots erupt at the Democratic National Convention (August 26-29) in Chicago.
1970: Isle of Wight Festival (Aug 26-31).
1970: Melissa McCarthy (13th 1970- ) actress Gilmore Girls (2000-07), Samantha Who? (2007-09), Mike & Molly (2010- ), Identity Thief (2013), The Heat (2013).
1980: Macaulay Culkin (13th 1980- ) actor Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), My Girl (1991), The Pagemaster (1994), Richie Rich (1994).
1991: The original “pilot episode” of the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, “An Unearthly Child,” is aired for the first time on the BBC.
1994: Natural Born Killers is released.
2005: The Brothers Grimm is released.