26 August 2012

Timeline August 26 & 27

August 26
1498  Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
1740  Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor who helped build first hot-air balloon, was born.
1743  Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, French chemist, was born.
1819  Albert, German-born prince consort of Queen Victoria, was born.
1873  Lee De Forest, American inventor of the Audion vacuum tube, was born.
1875  John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist, Governor General of Canada, was born.
1906  Albert Sabin, the Polish-American doctor who developed the polio vaccine, was born.

August 27
410   The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ends after three days.
1776  The Battle of Long Island took place in what is now Brooklyn, New York. British forces under General William Howe defeated American forces under General George Washington.
1883  The island volcano Krakatoa erupted. The resulting tidal waves claimed some 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
1927  Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, "Does the word 'Persons' in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?"
1945  American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in WW II.

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