11 things that happened this day in history - 26th August

Here's a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 55 BC - Julius Caesar invades Britain

2. 1451 - Christopher Columbus is born

3. 1676 - Robert Walpole, the first British Prime Minister, is born

4. 1939 - Major League baseball game is televised for the first time

5. 1946 - George Orwell publishes Animal Farm

6. 1959 - America pledges to stand by West Germans in their efforts to remain strong and free

7. 1970 - Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studio opens in New York City

8. 1978 - John Paul I becomes Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He died one month later

9. 1985 - The controversial athlete, Zola Budd, breakes the world 5,000m record

10. 1986 - Jennifer Levin is found strangled in New York City's Central Park. The case was subsequently called the 'preppie murder'

11. 1994 - A man is given the world's first battery-operated 'bionic' heart in a pioneering operation in Britain

Sources: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

image: © Jonathan Wade

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