It’s Sunday, Aug. 26, the 239th day of 2012. There are 127 days left in the year. Happenings
• The Republican National Convention throws out the welcome mat for thousands of delegates, though tropical storm conditions have upended this week’s convention schedule. A1, A4
• It’s National Dog Day, promoted by an animal rights foundation whose motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs, One Day at a Time."
Highlights: In 55 B.C., Julius Caesar led Roman forces in the invasion of Britain. In 1883, the island Krakatoa began cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion a day later. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was certified in effect by the secretary of state. In 1968, the turbulent Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago.
Ten years ago: Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Tennessee, warned that the United States could face devastating consequences from any delay in acting to remove Saddam Hussein as president of Iraq.
Five years ago: The $95 million Hawaii Superferry made its maiden run from Oahu to Maui, the first passenger ferry service between the islands. (However, the ferry went out of business two years later.)
One year ago: More than 2 million people along the Eastern Seaboard were ordered to move to safer ground as Hurricane Irene approached the coast.
It’s Sunday, Aug. 26, the 239th day of 2012. There are 127 days left in the year.
Actress Francine York is 76. Singer Vic Dana is 70. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Valerie Simpson is 66. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 63. Actor Brett Cullen is 56. NBA coach Stan Van Gundy is 53. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 52. Actor Chris Burke is 47. Actress-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 46. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 42. Latin pop singer Thalia is 41. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 32. Actor Chris Pine is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cassie Ventura is 26. Actress Keke Palmer is 19.
— From wire reports