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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

  • 1647
    Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim takes place.
  • 1977
    George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

Who were born on May 26?

  • 1822
    Edmond de Goncourt, French writer (d. 1896)
  • 1873
    Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist (d. 1958)
  • 1939
    Brent Musburger, American sports broadcaster
  • 1961
    Tarsem Singh, Indian film director
  • 1987
    Olcay Şahan, Turkish footballer

Who died on May 26?

  • 1595
    Philip Neri, Italian churchman (b. 1515)
  • 1679
    Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  • 1904
    Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist (b. 1857)
  • 2002
    Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)

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