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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 178th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

When this day started, 24,448,320 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 ‘hectaheptacontaoctagon’ 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 216 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 1,283 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 26 Historical Events

  • 1907
    The 1907 Tiflis bank robbery took place in Yerevan Square, now Freedom Square, Tbilisi.
  • 1941
    World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
  • 1960
    Madagascar gains its independence from France.
  • 1995
    Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
  • 2006
    Mari Alkatiri, the first Prime Minister of East Timor, resigns after weeks of political unrest.

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1689
    Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
  • 1951
    Pamela Bellwood, American actress
  • 1970
    Matt Letscher, American actor
  • 1971
    Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1991
    Diego Falcinelli, Italian footballer

Who died on June 26?

  • 1878
    Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (b. 1860)
  • 1948
    Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • 1958
    Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • 1964
    Leo Dandurand, American-born Canadian sports executive (b. 1889)
  • 1994
    Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and activist (b. 1929)

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