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

July 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 26 is the 208th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 158 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,469,491,200 seconds 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 ‘dihectaoctagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 186 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 1,313 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 26 Historical Events

  • 1788
    New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th state of the United States.
  • 1882
    The Republic of Stellaland is founded in Southern Africa.
  • 1897
    Anglo-Afghan wars: The Pashtun fakir Saidullah leads an army of more than 10,000 to begin a siege of the British garrison in the Malakand Agency of the North West Frontier Province of India.
  • 1908
    United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation).
  • 1914
    Serbia and Bulgaria interrupt diplomatic relationship.

Who were born on July 26?

  • 1928
    Stanley Kubrick, American film director (d. 1999)
  • 1943
    Peter Hyams, American film director
  • 1959
    Rick Bragg, American writer
  • 1973
    Chris Pirillo, American TV host and blogger
  • 1979
    Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player

Who died on July 26?

  • 342
    Jin Chengdi, Chinese emperor (b. 321)
  • 1680
    John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English writer (b. 1647)
  • 1801
    Archduke Maximilian Franz of Austria (b. 1756)
  • 1994
    James Luther Adams, American theologian (b. 1901)
  • 1995
    George W. Romney, American businessman and politician (b. 1907)

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