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

June 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 26 is the 177th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 13, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,498,435,200 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 ‘hectaheptacontaheptagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 238 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 1,648 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 26 Historical Events

  • 1848
    End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
  • 1941
    World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
  • 1948
    The Western allies begin an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin.
  • 1973
    At Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
  • 1975
    Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1909
    Wolfgang Reitherman, American animator (d. 1985)
  • 1922
    Eleanor Parker, American actress
  • 1970
    Matt Letscher, American actor
  • 1984
    Raymond Felton, American basketball player
  • 1991
    Diego Falcinelli, Italian footballer

Who died on June 26?

  • 363
    Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor (b. 331)
  • 1795
    Johannes Jährig, German linguist (b. 1747)
  • 1964
    Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (b. 1888)
  • 1964
    Leo Dandurand, American-born Canadian sports executive (b. 1889)
  • 2003
    Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)

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