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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on May 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 26 is the 147th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 13, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,403,680 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatetracontaheptagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 247 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,252 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 26 Historical Events

  • 1805
    Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Duomo di Milano, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
  • 1828
    Feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
  • 1868
    The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.
  • 1906
    Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 1991
    Lauda Air Flight 004 crashes in rural Thailand, killing 223.

Who were born on May 26?

  • 1867
    Mary of Teck, queen consort of George V of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1925
    Alec McCowen, English actor
  • 1941
    Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1958
    Howard Goodall, British composer
  • 1983
    Demy de Zeeuw, Dutch footballer

Who died on May 26?

  • 1536
    Francesco Berni, Italian poet
  • 1954
    Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1969
    Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation (b. 1889)
  • 2001
    Anne Haney, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 2002
    Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)

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