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On August 26 in
1883 The island volcano Krakatoa began cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day.
1920 The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women's right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.
1958 Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
1971 New Jersey Gov. William T. Cahill announced that the New York Giants football team had agreed to leave Yankee Stadium for a new sports complex to be built in East Rutherford.
1972 The summer Olympics games opened in Munich, West Germany.
1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected pope following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)
In The Star
Aug. 26, 1938, in The Star: A special delegation from Calhoun, Cleburne and Talladega counties is preparing to go to Montgomery next week to seek state assistance on a paved road project to the top of Alabama’s highest point, Mount Cheaha. Addressing the Anniston Kiwanis Club yesterday, Congressman Sam Hobbs said a stumbling block to improvement of the state park was caused by the state itself failing to live up to an agreement with the federal government with respect to road repairs in the park. Apparently money appropriated for the work by one Legislature was rescinded by a subsequent one. Also this date: With the Anniston City Council set to embark on a 40-block street-paving program, friction has arisen between the council and the city water department over who’s supposed to pay for replacement of water lines under the streets that are going to be paved.
Aug. 26, 1988, in The Star: Transforming the Calhoun County Courthouse into a home for district, family and circuit courts is going to require money not only for the adaptation and renovation of existing space, but also for new wiring, new plumbing and new heating and cooling — and the resources just don’t seem to be available for all of that work. Also this date: The U.S. Army Chemical School’s 30-classroom, $11 million academic building was dedicated at Fort McClellan this morning in a ceremony where Maj. Gen. Gerald Watson, post commander, was guest speaker. The new building is to be known as Sibert Hall, in memory of Gadsden native Maj. Gen. William Sibert, who in 1918 organized the Chemical Warfare Service in the Army Corps of Engineers and was its first leader. Members of the Sibert family attended the event.
Birthdays for August 26
Former Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is 92. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 53. Country musician Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) is 52. Actor Chris Burke is 48. Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows) is 47. TV writer-actress Riley Weston is 47. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 44. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 43. Latin pop singer Thalia is 42. Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 38. Actor Mike Colter is 37. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 33. Actor Chris Pine is 33. Country singer Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line) is 28.
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