Born on this day 26th August
1676 Robert Walpole
1740 Joseph Montgolfier
1819 HRH Prince Albert
1875 Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan)
1884 Earl Derr Biggers
1904 Christopher Isherwood
1915 Jim Davis
1946 Alison Steadman
1948 Valerie Simpson
1963 Ludger Beerbaum
1968 Chris Boardman
1980 Macaulay Culkin
1986 Colin Kazim-Richards
1989 Lil’ Chris
1991 Tommy Bastow
1956 Lonnie Donegan’s skiffle group played their first UK show at the Stoll Theatre in Kingsway, London.
1964 The Supremes topped the US chart with ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’.
1995 Sheryl Crow was given the key to the city of Kennett, Missouri.
1985 South African athlete Zola Budd set a new world record in the 5,000 metres at Crystal Palace
1991 Kriss Akabusi ran a British record of 47.91 seconds in the 400 metre hurdles at the World Championships in Tokyo.
1994 Sally Gunnell won the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a Games record of 54.51 seconds
1946 The classic novel ‘Animal Farm’ was published by George Orwell.
1992 Woody Allen’s new movie ‘Husbands and Wives’ was greeted with hisses and boos at its premier, thought to be due to the publicity of Allen’s affair with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter.
1997 The final episode of popular sitcom ‘Roseanne’ was shown on US TV.
55BC Julius Caesar invaded Britain.
580AD The first toilet paper was invented by the Chinese, but it took another 1000 years to reach the West.
1987 A sex-crazed elephant described by police as ‘urgently in search of a mate’ ran amok in a village near Bangkok crushing 2 people and a radio center.
1989 After a successful test case by Cheltenham Town Council, Britain’s surviving red telephone boxes were to be treated as listed buildings.
2002 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2013 Nationwide protests are held across the Philippines over the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.