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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, 1,472,169,600 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 ‘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

  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1818
    Illinois becomes the 21st state in the union of the United States.
  • 1920
    The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA

Who were born on August 26?

  • 1882
    James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1964)
  • 1908
    Bill Hunt, Australian cricketer (d. 1983)
  • 1952
    Michael Jeter, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1976
    Zemfira, Russian singer
  • 1979
    Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer

Who died on August 26?

  • 1572
    Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • 1945
    Franz Werfel, Austrian writer (b. 1890)
  • 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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