26 August


1676

 Robert Walpole
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG KB PC (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Born in Houghton, Norfolk, England. (d. 1745)

1740

 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) were the inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. The brothers succeeded in launching the first piloted ascent, carrying Étienne into the sky. Born in Annonay, Ardèche, France. (d. 1810)

1819

 Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success. Prince Albert’s 42 grandchildren included four reigning monarchs: King George V of the United Kingdom; Wilhelm II, German Emperor; Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse; and Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and five consorts of monarchs: Queens Maud of Norway, Sophia of Greece, Victoria Eugenie of Spain, Marie of Romania, and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia. Born Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel in Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, German Confederation. (d. 1861)

1845

 Mary Ann Nichols
Mary Ann Nichols (26 August 1845 – 31 August 1888) was one of the Whitechapel murder victims. Her death has been attributed to the notorious unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper. Born Mary Ann Walker in London. (d. 1888)

1875

 John Buchan
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir GCMG GCVO CH PC (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada. He is notable for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. Born in Perth, Scotland. (d. 1940)

1904

 Christopher Isherwood
Christopher Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986) was an English novelist. He worked as a private tutor in Berlin and elsewhere while writing the novel Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and a short novel called Goodbye to Berlin (1939). These works provided the inspiration for the play I Am a Camera (1951), the 1955 film I Am a Camera (both starring Julie Harris), the Broadway musical Cabaret (1966) and the film (1972) of the same name. Born Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood in Wyberslegh Hall, High Lane, Cheshire, England. (d. 1986)

1909

 Jim Davis
Jim Davis (born August 26, 1909 – April 26, 1981) was an American actor, best known for his role as Jock Ewing in the CBS prime-time soap opera, Dallas. Born Marlin Davis in Edgerton, Platte County Missouri. (d. 1981)

1910

 Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997) was an Albanian Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary. Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. Mother Teresa was widely admired by many for her charitable works, but was also widely criticised, particularly for her opposing both abortion and contraception. Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire. (d. 1997)

1935

 Geraldine Ferraro
Geraldine Ferraro (August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011) was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party. Born Geraldine Anne Ferraro in Newburgh, New York. (d. 2011)

1941

 Jane Merrow
Jane Merrow (born 26 August 1941) is a British actress. She had roles in British TV series such as Danger Man, The Saint, The Baron, The Prisoner, Gerry Anderson’s UFO, and The Avengers. Her most prominent role was as Alais, the mistress of Henry II in The Lion in Winter (1968), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1971 she played Anne Hepton in Hadleigh becoming the romantic interest of the lead character. Born Jane Meirowsky.

1944

 Stephen Greif
Stephen Greif (born 26 August 1944) is an English actor known for his roles as Travis in Blake’s 7, and Harry Fenning in three series of Citizen Smith. Born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.

1946

 Alison Steadman
Alison Steadman, OBE (born 26 August 1946) is an English actress. She won the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the Mike Leigh film Life is Sweet, and the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in the original production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Steadman established her career in Mike Leigh’s 1970s TV plays Nuts in May (1976) and Abigail’s Party (1977). She received BAFTA TV Award nominations for the 1986 BBC serial The Singing Detective, and in 2001 for the ITV drama series Fat Friends (2000-05). Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

1950

 Annette Badland
Annette Badland (born 26 August 1950) is an English actress known for a wide range of roles on TV, radio and film. She has played Margaret Blaine in the BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who, Babe Smith in soap opera EastEnders and plays Hazel Woolley in BBC Radio The Archers. Born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

1954

 Steve Wright
Steve Wright (born 26 August 1954 in Greenwich, London) is an English radio presenter. He presents the afternoon show on BBC Radio 2. He rose to prominence in the early 1980s while working on BBC Radio 1. Born Stephen Richard Wright.

1965

 Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy OBE (born 26 August 1965) is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College. He is President of the Mathematical Association. He was previously an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Born Marcus Peter Francis du Sautoy in London, England.

1967

 Michael Gove
Michael Gove (born 26 August 1967) is a British Conservative politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Surrey Heath. Born Michael Andrew Gove in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1968

 Chris Boardman
Chris Boardman, MBE, (born 26 August 1968) is a British former racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, broke the world hour record three times, and won three stages and wore the yellow jersey on three separate occasions at the Tour de France. Born Christopher Miles Boardman in Hoylake, Merseyside, England.

1971

 Gaynor Faye
Gaynor Faye (born 26 August 1971) is an English actress, best known for playing Judy Mallett in Coronation Street from 1995 until 1999 and Megan Macey in Emmerdale since 2012. Born Gaynor Kay Mellor in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

1974

 Meredith Eaton
Meredith Hope Eaton (born August 26, 1974) is an American actress. She is 4 feet tall and refers to herself as a “short-stature actress”. She is best known for portraying the attorney Emily Resnick on the CBS television series Family Law and for her recurring role as Bethany Horowitz on the ABC series Boston Legal. Born on Long Island, New York.

1980

 Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor and musician. He became famous as a child actor for his role as Kevin McCallister in the family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). Born Macaulay Carson Culkin in New York City, New York.
 Chris Pine
Chris Pine (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. He is known for his role as James T. Kirk in the reboot Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). Born Christopher Whitelaw Pine in Los Angeles, California.

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