August 26 in Pop Culture History

August 26th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

August 26th History Highlights

  • 1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
  • 1883 – Krakatoa erupted in Indonesia. It created tidal waves that killed thousands of people and was heard 3,000 miles away. It affected the atmosphere for years afterward.
  • 1939 – The first televised baseball game was played between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on WXBS in New York.
  • If you were born on August 26th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 3rd (prior year)

Traditional August 26th Information


August 26th is…

Cherry Popsicle Day
Dog Appreciation Day
WebMistress Day
Women’s Equality Day

August 26th Birthday Quotes

“Peace begins with a smile”
– Mother Teresa

“Try to pick a profession in which you enjoy even the most mundane, tedious parts. Then you will always be happy.”
– Will Shortz

” You know, we have two families: the one we’re born into, and the one that we make for ourselves afterward.”
– Valerie Simpson

“I hope I’m remembered as the king of the world, the nobleman who united all the nations of the earth. But that probably won’t happen.”
– Macaulay Culkin

“I paid $120,000 for someone to tell me to read Jane Austen, and then I didn’t.”
– John Mulaney

“Never say “never” about anything, because if you do, life has a way of humbling you.”
– Mike Colter

August 26th Birthdays

1909 – Jim Davis, American actor (died in 1981)
1910 – Mother Teresa, Macedonian-Indian nun, Catholic saint and Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1997)
1911 – Otto Binder, American comic book and sci-fi author and screenwriter (died in 1974)
1920 – Brant Parker, American illustrator, Wizard of Id (died in 2007)
1935 – Geraldine Ferraro, American politician (died in 2011)
1940 – Vic Dana, American dancer
1940 – Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (died in 2008)
1946 – Valerie Simpson, American singer-songwriter
1952 – Will Shortz, American journalist and New York Times puzzle creator
1960 – Ola Ray, American model, and actress
1971 – Thalía, Mexican-American singer-songwriter
1976 – Mike Colter, American actor
1980 – Macaulay Culkin, American actor
1980 – Chris Pine, American actor
1982 – John Mulaney, American comedian

August 26th History

1498 – Michelangelo began his work to carve the Pieta, depicting the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.

1791 – John Fitch was granted a United States patent (# X00028) for the steamboat.

1883 (Volcano Eruption & Tsunami) Krakatoa began. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history, with at over 36,000 deaths being attributed to the eruption itself and the tsunamis it created. Small eruptions, mostly of mud, continued into October 1883.

1918 – Broadway Show – Lightnin’ (Play) August 26, 1918

1967 – #1 Hit August 26, 1967 – September 22, 1967: Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe

1968 – Dan Bankhead became the first African American to pitch in a major-league baseball game.

1972 – #1 Hit August 26, 1972 – September 15, 1972: Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)

1976 – While camping in Allagash, Maine Jim Weiner, Jack Weiner, Charles Foltz, and Charles Rak claimed to have been abducted by ‘four-fingered beings’ that performed experiments on them including alien probing.

1978 – #1 Hit August 26, 1978 – September 8, 1978: Frankie Valli – Grease

1978 – Pope John Paul I was elected.

1995 – #1 Hit August 26, 1995 – September 1, 1995: Seal – Kiss From A Rose

2000 – #1 Hit August 26, 2000 – September 15, 2000: Janet Jackson – Doesn’t Really Matter

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A fortnight is 14 nights or two weeks

“Now cut that out!” – Jack Benny (The Jack Benny Program)

Hulk Hogan – Real Name: Terry Bollea

The charcoal drawing of Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s “Titanic” was actually drawn by James Cameron.

What if houseflies buzz around and land on us because they love us just as dogs do?

A group of Worms is called a Bed or Clew or Bunch or Clat.

Food poisoning doesn’t come from undercooked food. It comes from under-cooked bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

You probably never read this sentence before.

In the far future, when our gifs and memes are considered fine art, the creators will only be remembered by their usernames

Any 3 consecutive numbers added together will always be divisible by three.


The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

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