August 26, 2001: Israel jets blast Palestinian posts
2001 – Israeli forces blasted Palestinian police structures in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, responding to the killings of five Israelis a day earlier. A Palestinian policeman was killed and 18 people injured when F-16 and F-15 warplanes dropped bombs on Palestinian police headquarters in Gaza City, Dir Al Balah in southern Gaza and the Salfit village in the West Bank. In another incident of violence, a Palestinian and an Israeli were also killed. Two Israeli Apache helicopters destroyed a building housing a Palestinian police station in Tulkarem in the West Bank last night, Palestinian security sources said. The two-storey building was razed, but there were no casualties, they said. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat toured a police structure that was shelled by Israel.
1847 – Liberia is proclaimed an independent republic.
1883 – The volcano Krakatoa erupts on the island of Krakatau, near Indonesia, triggering tsunami waves and killing more than 36,000 people.
1896 – Insurrection begins in the Philippines against the Spanish.
1934 – Adolf Hitler demands that France turn over the Saar region to Germany.
1936 – Treaty ends the British occupation of Egypt, except the Suez Canal zone.
1950 – United Nations troops recapture Seoul from the North Koreans.
1959 – Chinese troops cross into India’s northeastern territory after a border dispute.
1976 – Raymond Barre becomes Prime Minister of France.
1988 – Nationwide strike paralyses government and transportation in Myanmar as anti-government rallies spread.
1989 – At least 19 people are killed, including 12 guerrillas, in battle in the southern Mozambique town of Macio.
1990 – Number of American soldiers, airmen and sailors in the Gulf reaches 60,000.
1996 – A South Korean court sentences former president Chun Doo-hwan to death on charges of masterminding the 1979 coup.
1997 – South Africa’s F.W. de Klerk quits as leader of the opposition National Party.
1999 – American Michael Johnson breaks 11-year-old 400 metres record by 0.11 second.
2003 – Paul Kagame wins Rwanda’s presidential elections.
2005 – A fire rages through a crowded Paris apartment building, killing 17 people.
2006 – Hundreds of Iraq’s tribal chiefs sign a ‘pact of honour’, pledging to support a national reconciliation plan.
2008 – Russia recognises independence claims of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
2011 – A car bomb rips through the UN headquarters in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, killing 18 people.
2012 – Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest winner in the LPGA Tour after winning the Canadian Women’s Open.
2015 – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins Formula One Hungarian Grind Prix.