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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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