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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, 1,469,491,200 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 ‘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

  • 1861
    American Civil War: George B. McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.
  • 1891
    France annexes Tahiti.
  • 1914
    Serbia and Bulgaria interrupt diplomatic relationship.
  • 1945
    The US Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis arrives at Tinian with parts of the warhead for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
  • 2007
    Shambo, a black cow in Wales that had been adopted by the local Hindu community, is slaughtered due to a bovine tuberculosis infection, causing widespread controversy.

Who were born on July 26?

  • 1923
    Jan Berenstain, American author
  • 1931
    Robert Colbert, American actor
  • 1959
    Kevin Spacey, American actor
  • 1961
    Andy Connell, English keyboardist (Swing Out Sister, A Certain Ratio)
  • 1969
    Greg Colbrunn, American baseball player

Who died on July 26?

  • 1925
    Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1888)
  • 1930
    Pavlos Karolidis, Greek historian (b. 1849)
  • 1960
    Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • 1999
    Phaedon Gizikis, Greek Army officer, president of Greece during the military junta (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)

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