August 26

1847

Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic.

1920

The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote went into effect.

1939

The first televised major league baseball game was televised: a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.

1974

Aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic, died.

1978

John Paul I became Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He died one month later.

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