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

June 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 26 is the 177th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 13, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,973,920 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 ‘hectaheptacontaheptagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 238 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 1,648 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 26 Historical Events

  • 1409
    Western Schism: the Roman Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
  • 1907
    The 1907 Tiflis bank robbery took place in Yerevan Square, now Freedom Square, Tbilisi.
  • 1909
    The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.
  • 1918
    World War I, Western Front: Battle for Belleau Wood – Allied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.
  • 1948
    Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.
  • 1948
    The Western allies begin an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin.
  • 1955
    The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
  • 1960
    Madagascar gains its independence from France.
  • 1975
    Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
  • 2008
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban is unconstitutional.

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1839
    Sam Watkins, American Confederate soldier and author (d. 1901)
  • 1898
    Chesty Puller, American military officer (d. 1971)
  • 1916
    Virginia Satir, American psychotherapist and author (d. 1988)
  • 1960
    Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (d. 1997)
  • 1961
    Greg LeMond, American cyclist
  • 1961
    Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin)
  • 1969
    Ingrid Lempereur, Belgian swimmer
  • 1970
    Sean Hayes, American actor
  • 1975
    Terry Skiverton, English football player
  • 1984
    Gabrielle Walcott, Trinidad and Tobagoian beauty pageant contestant

Who died on June 26?

  • 1922
    Albert I, Prince of Monaco (b. 1848)
  • 1947
    Richard Bedford Bennett, eleventh Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1870)
  • 1948
    Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • 1949
    Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (b. 1876)
  • 1956
    Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1930)
  • 1964
    Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (b. 1888)
  • 1975
    Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • 1997
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
  • 2003
    Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon footballer (b. 1975)
  • 2006
    Tommy Wonder, Dutch magician (b. 1953)

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