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Retro Baltimore

This Day in History: Aug. 26

In 1814, Brookeville, Md. became the U.S. capital for a day after British forces invaded Washington and set fire to the Capitol and the White House. First Postmaster of Brookeville Caleb Bentley sheltered President James Madison in his Montgomery County home (above), which is now known as the Madison House. (Bill O'Leary, The Washington Post, 2012)

55 B.C.: Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain.

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1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution took effect, giving voting rights to women.

1939: Major league baseball was televised for the first time as experimental station W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

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2001: The Tokyo Kitasuna beat Apopka, Fla., 2-1 to win the Little League World Series title.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.


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