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

  • 1541
    Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
  • 1917
    The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
  • 1942
    The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
  • 1952
    The Pan-Malayan Labour Party is founded in Malaya, as a union of statewise labour parties.
  • 1960
    Madagascar gains its independence from France.
  • 1974
    The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • 1977
    The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute.
  • 1995
    Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1702
    Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (d. 1751)
  • 1902
    Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor (d. 2010)
  • 1904
    Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1913
    Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (d. 2008)
  • 1945
    Malachi York, Nuwaubian leader
  • 1955
    Mick Jones, British guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite)
  • 1966
    Jürgen Reil, American drummer (Kreator)
  • 1967
    Todd Pletcher, American horse trainer
  • 1972
    Garou, Canadian singer
  • 1976
    Chad Pennington, American football player

Who died on June 26?

  • 1688
    Ralph Cudworth, English philosopher (b. 1617)
  • 1836
    Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French composer (La Marseillaise) (b. 1760)
  • 1856
    Max Stirner, German philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1878
    Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (b. 1860)
  • 1918
    Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet (b. 1843)
  • 1956
    Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1930)
  • 1993
    Roy Campanella, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 1994
    Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and activist (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)

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