Historical Event August 26th

0580 – Chinese invents toilet paper
1498 – Michelangelo commissioned to carve the Pietà.
1768 – HM Bark Endeavour expedition under Captain James Cook sets sail from England.
1791– John Fitch grants US patent for his working steamboat
1839 – The ship Amistad is captured off Long Island.
1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter
1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph.
1895 – Electric central at Niagara Falls gives 1st steam
1907 – Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec
1920 – 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
1929 – 1st U.S. roller coaster built
1944 – World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
1946 – George Orwell published “Animal Farm”
1968 – The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is released
1970 – The third annual Isle of Wight rock festival, which would feature the last UK performance from Jimi Hendrix, opens in Great Britain.
1985 – Ryan White, the 13-year-old AIDS patient barred from attending school in Kokomo, Indiana, begins attending middle school via computer.

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