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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, 408,192 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 ‘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

  • 1937
    End of the Battle of Brunete in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1944
    The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain.
  • 1948
    U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981 desegregating the military of the United States.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: South Vietnamese opposition leader Trương Đình Dzũ is sentenced to five years hard labor for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.
  • 1977
    The National Assembly of Quebec imposes the use of French as the official language of the provincial government.

Who were born on July 26?

  • 1927
    Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Francesco Cossiga, 8th President of the Italian Republic
  • 1980
    Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41)
  • 1987
    Fredy Montero, Colombian footballer
  • 1993
    Taylor Momsen, American actress and singer

Who died on July 26?

  • 1925
    Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1888)
  • 1941
    Henri Lebesgue, French mathematician (b. 1875)
  • 1953
    Nikolaos Plastiras, Greek general and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1883)
  • 1976
    Stefanos Natsinas, Greek politician (b. 1910)
  • 1988
    Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani scholar (b. 1919)

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