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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, 406,728 hours 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

  • 1783
    A Great Jubilee Day held at Trumbull, Connecticut celebrated end of fighting in American Revolution.
  • 1830
    The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
  • 1948
    The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.

Who were born on May 26?

  • 1865
    Robert W. Chambers, American artist (d. 1933)
  • 1883
    Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)
  • 1951
    Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician
  • 1959
    Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • 1976
    Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)

Who died on May 26?

  • 1653
    Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)
  • 1954
    Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1974
    Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 2001
    Anne Haney, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

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