On this day: August 26

Published On: Aug 19 2013 01:02:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 26 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Major-league baseball makes its television debut, The Beatles release "Hey Jude," women stage a nationwide strike for equality, and aviation hero Charles Lindbergh dies, all on this day.

OTD August 26 - Pope John Paul I
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1978: The Papal conclave of August 1978 chooses Cardinal Albino Luciani, then Patriarch of Venice, as the new pope to succeed Pope Paul VI. Luciani chose the regnal name of Pope John Paul I, but would die from a heart attack at age 65 just 33 days later. His reign was among the shortest in papal history and he was also the first pope to be born in the 20th century and the last pope to die in it.

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