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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, 24,491,520 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 ‘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

  • 1469
    Wars of the Roses: the Battle of Edgecote Moor pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of Edward IV of England takes place.
  • 1944
    World War II: the Soviet army enters Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, liberating it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jews survive out of 160,000 living in Lviv prior to occupation.
  • 1952
    King Farouk of Egypt abdicates in favor of his son Fuad.
  • 1956
    Following the World Bank’s refusal to fund building the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.
  • 1965
    Full independence is granted to the Maldives.

Who were born on July 26?

  • 1919
    Virginia Gilmore, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1941
    Jean Baubérot, French historian and sociologist
  • 1968
    Frédéric Diefenthal, French actor and director
  • 1984
    Leigh Lezark, American DJ and model
  • 1985
    Mugdha Godse, Indian actress and model

Who died on July 26?

  • 1919
    Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (b. 1836)
  • 1960
    Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • 1969
    Frank Loesser, American composer (b. 1910)
  • 1994
    James Luther Adams, American theologian (b. 1901)
  • 2005
    Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)

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