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This Day In History: Aug. 26

This Day in History

1883: The volcano Krakatau (Krakatoa) erupts in Indonesia, causing huge tidal waves and killing some 36,000 people.
1939: A NY television station airs the first TV broadcast of a major league baseball game, between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers, played at Ebbets Field.
1957: The Soviet Union announces that it has conducted successful testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
1968: The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago, marked by violent clashes between police and antiwar protestors.
2004: Iraqi Shiite leader Ali Sistani brokers a truce in fighting between U.S. troops and followers of Moqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Najaf.

Today's Birthdays

1819: Prince Albert, prince consort of Great Britain and husband of Queen Victoria (near Coburg, Saxe-Coburg, Gotha; died 1861)
1973: Lee De Forest, inventor of the electron tube and pioneer in wireless telegraphy/sound pictures/TV (Council Bluffs, IA; died 1961)
1904: Christopher Isherwood, novelist/playwright/short-story writer (High Lane, Cheshire, England; died 1986)
1906: Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine (Bialystok, Poland; died 1993)
1921: Benjamin Bradlee, journalist/editor (Boston, MA)
1935: Geraldine Ferraro, former NY representative and vice presidential nominee (Newburgh, NY)
1945: Tom (Thomas Joseph) Ridge, secretary of homeland security; former PA governor (Munhall, PA)
1952: Michael Jeter, actor (Lawrenceburg, TN; died 2003)
1960: Branford Marsalis, musician (New Orleans, LA)
1965: Christopher Burke, actor (New York, NY)
1980: Macaulay Culkin, actor (New York, NY)


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