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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, 24,536,160 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 ‘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

  • 1346
    Hundred Years’ War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.
  • 1429
    Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.
  • 1914
    World War I: the British Expeditionary Force fights a rear-guard action at the Battle of Le Cateau that briefly checks the German advance.
  • 1940
    Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor.
  • 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?

  • 1743
    Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (d. 1794)
  • 1880
    Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet and art critic (d. 1918)
  • 1896
    Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian
  • 1946
    Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
  • 1980
    Chris Pine, American actor

Who died on August 26?

  • 1214
    Michael IV, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1572
    Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • 1930
    Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (b. 1883)
  • 1990
    Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)
  • 2000
    Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)

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