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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

On Aug. 26, 1920, eight days after it was ratified, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect -- giving women the right to vote.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
More than 25,000 women take to New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 23, 1915, advocating for women’s voting rights. On August 26, 1920, eight days after it was ratified, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect -- giving women the right to vote. File Photo by Library of Congress/UPI

Today is Thursday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2021 with 127 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include first prime minister of Britain Robert Walpole in 1676; Albert, Britain's prince consort, in 1819; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa in 1910; NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in 1918; basketball Hall of Fame member Tom Heinsohn in 1934; Geraldine Ferraro, 1984 Democratic vice presidential candidate and first woman to seek so high a position on a major U.S. political party ticket, in 1935; voice actor/movie trailer specialist Don LaFontaine in 1940; singer Leon Redbone in 1949; crossword editor Will Shortz in 1952 (age 69); jazz musician Branford Marsalis in 1960 (age 61); actor Melissa McCarthy in 1970 (age 51); actor Macaulay Culkin in 1980 (age 41); actor Chris Pine in 1980 (age 41); comedian John Mulaney in 1982 (age 39); country singer Brian Kelley in 1985 (age 36); rapper Saint Jhn, born Carlos St. John Phillips, in 1986 (age 35); actor/singer Evan Ross in 1988 (age 33); actor Dylan O'Brien in 1991 (age 30); actor Keke Palmer in 1993 (age 28).

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On this date in history:

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In 1920, eight days after it was ratified, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect -- giving women the right to vote.

In 1964, Democrats nominated U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. They won easily in November.

In 1974, Charles Lindbergh died at the age of 72. He died of complications of lymphoma near his home in Kipahulu on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

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In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani was elected the 263rd pope and chose the name John Paul I. He died 33 days later.

In 1983, catastrophic flooding in France and Spain destroyed much of the old town of Bilbao, Spain, when the Ria de Bilbao burst its banks. Dozens died.

In 1996, a court in South Korea sentenced former President Chun Doo-hwan to death for the coup that put him in power. Chun's death sentence was commuted in 1997.

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In 2007, wildfires, all believed to be the act of arsonists, killed at least 59 people and destroyed thousands of acres of crops and forests in Greece. The fires were fanned by gale-force winds.

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In 2008, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed decrees recognizing the independence of Georgia breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Medvedev said granting them independence was an act of necessity and he urged other nations to make similar diplomatic moves.

In 2014, Palestinian militants and Israel agreed to end seven weeks of hostilities that left more than 2,000 people dead. The cease-fire was arranged in Egypt.

In 2015, a former employee of WDBJ-TV in Virginia opened fire on his former colleagues on live television, killing news reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward. Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed at the time of the shooting, was injured.

In 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks chose to boycott Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic in response to protests in the city after a police officer shot Jacob Blake.


A thought for the day: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." -- Mother Teresa

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