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

May 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 26 is the 147th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 13, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,403,680 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 ‘hectatetracontaheptagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 247 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 1,252 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 26 Historical Events

  • 451
    Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Empire defeats the Armenians militarily but guarantees them freedom to openly practice Christianity.
  • 1869
    Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1896
    Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1906
    Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 1940
    World War II: Battle of Dunkirk – In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.

Who were born on May 26?

  • 1895
    Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (d. 1971)
  • 1908
    Robert Morley, English actor (d. 1992)
  • 1939
    Jaki Liebezeit German musician (Can)
  • 1942
    Ganapathi Sachchidananda, Indian spiritual figure
  • 1977
    Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist

Who died on May 26?

  • 735
    The Venerable Bede, English historian and theologian (b. 672 or 673)
  • 1914
    Jacob August Riis, Danish-American journalist, photographer, and social reformer (b. 1849)
  • 1951
    Lincoln Ellsworth, American scientist (b. 1880)
  • 2001
    Anne Haney, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 2011
    Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)

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