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

August 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 26 is the 239th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 24,536,160 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 ‘dihectatriacontaenneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 155 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 1,344 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 26 Historical Events

  • 1071
    Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
  • 1303
    Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
  • 1957
    The USSR announces the successful test of an ICBM – a “super long distance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket . . . a few days ago,” according to the Soviet news agency, ITAR-TASS.
  • 1980
    John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.
  • 2002
    Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa

Who were born on August 26?

  • 1469
    Ferdinand II of Naples (d. 1496)
  • 1874
    Zona Gale, American novelist (d. 1938)
  • 1901
    Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1946
    Zhou Ji, Chinese Communist Party official
  • 1970
    Brett Schultz, South African cricketer

Who died on August 26?

  • 1666
    Frans Hals, Dutch painter (b. c. 1580)
  • 1930
    Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (b. 1883)
  • 1980
    Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • 1998
    Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Ed White, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1949)

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