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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Monday, 26 August 2019
 
  1313
Alauddin Khilji, who was enamoured by Rani Padmini, the Rajput queen of Mewar, captured its capital, Chittorgarh.

  1346
King Edward III's second English army annihilated the French force at the Battle of Crécy in Normandy. This signalled England’s rise as a major power.

  1768
Captain James Cook set sail from England on board HMS Endeavour on his first voyage of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand and Australia.

  1839
The U.S.S. Washington, a U.S. Navy ship, seized the Cuban schooner Amistad off the coast of New York. The Africans aboard the slave ship had seized control of the vessel in a mutiny.

  1910
Mother Teresa (d. 1997), Bharat Ratna and Nobel Peace winner was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje. She founded the Missionaries of Charity to help the poorest of the poor.

  1920
The 19th Amendment, granting and guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

  1936
The first high-definition television pictures were transmitted by the BBC, London.

  1940
The RAF bombed Berlin for the first time, in retaliation to Germany's attacks on London.

  1974
Charles Lindbergh the US aviator who flew solo from New York to Paris, died.

  2007
Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympics and a World Heritage Site in Greece, was evacuated when threatened by a series of destructive forest fires.

 

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