26th August

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1985 Zola Budd breaks record Zola Budd sets a new world record for the 5,000 metres, 14 minutes 48.07 seconds.
1978 Pope John Paul I's papacy starts Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I.
1974 Charles Lindbergh dies American aviator Charles Lindbergh dies at the age of 72.
1972 Francis Chichester dies Yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester dies of cancer in Plymouth.
1936 BBC transmits television pictures The BBC transmits high resolution pictures from Alexandra Palace in north London to the Radio Show at Olympia; 7000 people queue to see the pictures.
1920 US women get the vote The 19th Amendment to the American constituion is ratified giving women the right to vote.
1910 Mother Teresa is born Mother Teresa is born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia.
1901 Record speed for one mile on a bike Robert Walthour sets a new record for the fastest mile on a bike at 1 minute 37.4 seconds
1883 Krakatoa erupts Krakatoa starts erupting, the two days of eruptions generate a tidal wave that kills 36,000.
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