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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, 408,936 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 ‘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

  • 1303
    Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1978
    Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
  • 1978
    Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.

Who were born on August 26?

  • 1854
    Arnold Fothergill, England cricketer (d. 1932)
  • 1862
    Herbert Booth, American son of William and Catherine Booth (d. 1926)
  • 1864
    Anna Ulyanova, older sister of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1935)
  • 1908
    Aubrey Schenck, British film producer (d. 1999)
  • 1965
    Carolina Arregui, Chilean actress

Who died on August 26?

  • 1785
    George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)
  • 1946
    Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1976
    Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (b. 1888)
  • 1987
    John Goddard, West Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)

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